Queen honours Waterlooville soldier’s work

Jim Booth lays a wreath on The Copp Memorial on Hayling Island in 2015 

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SOLDIER Lance Corporal David Lavery has been awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service for his work in Afghanistan.

L/Cpl Lavery, 39, of Waterlooville, served in the warzone last year as a Territorial Army soldier with 128 Field Company of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

He was tasked with reconfiguring an electrical generator at a patrol base close to Gereshk in Helmand to ensure the base’s key security and surveillance equipment did not fail in the event of power loss. He also became a self-taught expert on unfamiliar and complex vehicle electrics to keep troops on the move.

‘I was surprised when I heard I’d got the award,’ said David. ‘I was kind of shell-shocked and felt a bit uncomfortable because I was one of many.’