An Army officer who grew up in Sheffield has received the MBE for his ‘outstanding’ military service.
Former Chaucer School pupil Malcolm Birkett, aged 48, joined up in 1981 aged 15 and has risen from Private to the rank of Major.
The ardent Owl’s fan is currently Quarter Master for the Yorkshire Regiment’s First Battalion - in charge of training and supplies - and manages its rugby league team.
On the battalion’s last tour of Afghanistan in 2012, Major Birkett commanded the rear operations group back in the UK, organising family liaison work and repatriation arrangements for those killed in action.
Major Birkett lives in Barnsley with his wife Tracey and the couple have three sons, Ashley, 30, Troy, 23 and Conner, 21.
He said: “It is a privilege and I am extremely honoured.”
Major Birkett dedicated his New Year’s Honour to colleagues.