New year, new medal for naval reservist

HONOUR Paul Hurlow
HONOUR Paul Hurlow
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A PORTSMOUTH-based naval reservist has been given a top award in recognition of his 29 years of service.

Paul Hurlow, 46, received a well-deserved surprise to welcome in the new year by being awarded the 
Queen’s Volunteer Reserve Medal.

Having dedicated 29 years to the Royal Naval Reserve, Mr Hurlow made it on to the 2014 New Year’s Honours list.

Over the course of his career, Mr Hurlow has taken time out from his building firm to contribute to the reorganisation of the warfare branch training in support of the Royal Navy’s force protection commitments.

He also helped to develop and manage exercises and training opportunities abroad.

The former Warrant Officer said: ‘It’s quite an experience to be recognised for your efforts by another military service – it was a lot of hard work at the time but also very enjoyable and worthwhile.’

The commanding officer of HMS King Alfred, Commander Anthony Stickland, said: ‘Paul Harlow has been a tremendous asset to the Royal Naval Reserves and we will miss his presence, but he can be rightly proud of his career and this well-deserved honour from Her Majesty the Queen.’