A vehicle technician and council worker from South Yorkshire who volunteer for the army have been awarded one of the highest honours in the armed forces.
James Chambers, aged 33, who is a housing officer for Sheffield Council and during the day and Anthony Morley, 53, who works for the Evans Halshaw car dealership, have both received the Lord-
Lieutenant’s Certificate - ranking just below an MBE.
James, from Swinton, Rotherham, volunteers as a chef for the Medic Army Reserve unit.
He joined 212 Field Hospital in Leeds nearly 15 years ago and has served in Iraq twice.
Anthony, from Shirecliffe, Sheffield, has maintained the vehicles for A Squadron, 212 Field Hospital, for 25 years
He was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq during the Iraq war.
James said: “Being a chef, we’re not often seen and always in the background, so it’s a great honour to be recognised for all the hard work I’ve put in over the last 15 years.”
Anthony added: “I feel very honoured to have received this prestigious award.
“What started for me as a hobby I soon found to be so enjoyable that it quickly changed into a second career. And what a fabulous career to have - something I enjoy very much, and in which I’ve made many lifelong friends who I will always treasure.”
Colonel Snagge, Chief Executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association in Yorkshire, said: “Without the selfless commitment of many hundreds of volunteers across the region who give up their time outside of working hours, the reserve forces and cadets simply couldn’t exist.