Award for captain who set up rehabilitation centre

Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Ken Ellcome with Jean and Allan Thompson. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

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AN OFFICER from the Royal Marines Band Service received an MBE for setting up a centre to care for injured marines.

Captain Peter Curtis was given the honour in recognition of his work establishing Hasler Company RM, which supports wounded or seriously ill marines and their families.

In 2009 Capt Curtis, who lives in Drayton, was chosen to set up somewhere at HMS Drake in Plymouth to care for casualties, primarily those returning from Afghanistan. He successfully got the rehabilitation centre up and running and has now returned to the marines band service.

‘I am extremely honoured and proud to have been selected for this award,’ he said. ‘And then to have commanded such exceptional people.’