Queen’s Birthday Honours: Gosport Royal Marines officer’s commitment is rewarded

Major Scott Ashley
Major Scott Ashley
HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier leaves Portsmouth Naval Base for the first time on October 30. 

Picture: Malcolm Wells

HMS Queen Elizabeth due into Portsmouth next week

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HIS unwavering commitment to Royal Marines deployed on operations in Afghanistan have earned Major Scott Ashley the MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Maj Ashley, 46, from Alverstoke in Gosport, took on the role three years ago as the single point of contact for injured servicemen and women and their families.

His citation said: ‘His unwavering commitment to Royal Marines on operations in Afghanistan and to the improvement of notification procedures for naval service casualties was exemplary.’

Maj Ashley, pictured, added: ‘It came totally out of the blue and is the result of an enormous team effort.

‘I owe this award to their hard work.’

In total, 24 members of the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary have been recognised for their public service in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Commodore Paddy McAlpine, the commander of the Portsmouth flotilla, has been awarded a CBE for service to the Royal Navy and his contribution to British defence.

He said: ‘I’m delighted and very proud to be recognised in this way.

‘I could not have achieved everything I have in my career so far without the continued support of my family.’