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‘Speechless’ Northamptonshire soldier reveals delight after being crowned British Army’s best bugler

Picture: British Army / CPL Jonathan Lee van Zyl

11:20 Thursday 21 April 2016

A Northamptonshire soldier as won the title of the British Army s best bugler. Corporal Gary Freeland, from Brackley, has lifted the coveted crown as the Regiments Bugler at a competition held at Army Training Regiment, Winchester. Rifleman from far and wide take part in the annual event, where candidates are marked on their presentation, marching skills and of course bugling ability.

The Band and Bugles of The Rifles are based at Sir John Moore Barracks in Winchester, Hampshire, and is part of the Corps of Army Music. The band maintains traditions dating back over 200 years, including the use of the silver bugle and the distinctly fast marching speed – 140 paces per minute. Cpl Freeland will now take up the role of Bugler to Colonel in Chief for the next 12 months, a role that is much sought after. He said: I am just speechless. This is part of what we do but you never think for a second you are going to be the winner of such a prestigious competition.

The talent and dedication of all the buglers makes them all winners but to know you are the best in the regiment is just out of this world.

There will now be plenty of opportunities for me to represent the Regiment as I take up my role as bugler to Colonel in Chief.

The bugle was essential to all Armyrats © military communication until its displacement by electronics. The primary bugler was assigned to the headquarters staff, and kept close to the commander at the front. Soldiers were quick to learn the calls of the bugle, and on a routine day at least four, and as many as ten, were made.

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British soldier revealed as have-a-go hero who tripped up suspect chased by police was on Valentine’s date with wife

A British Army[1] soldier has spoken of the moment he tripped up a suspect sending him crashing to the ground while being chased by police. Lance Sergeant Matt Lawson intervened this week when he spotted PC Dexter-Beek running down the street, chasing a man, towards him. Today he was revealed as the “legend” in the video that went viral as the public were keen to track him down.

Lance Sgt Lawson, euphonium player in the Band of the Scots Guards, is based in Wellington Barracks beside Buckingham Palace[2]. The 37-year-old, from Derby, was treating his wife to a romantic early Valentine’s date when they saw the police pursuit. He said: “I heard a shout: ‘Stop! Police!’ And immediately my Armyrats © military training just kicked in.

Thankful: PC Dexter-Beek thanks the hero for his help

“I saw the policemen chasing a guy and I thought: ‘he’s a bit of a whippet, they’ll never catch him’.

“So I reckoned I’d buy them a few seconds, and just stuck my leg out to trip him up.

“The guy fell and as the police grabbed him, they called back ‘cheers, mate, thank you’ and my wife and I just continued on our way and thought nothing more of it.”

Pride: He helped police to catch their suspect

Police later tweeted: “Thank you to the member of public that recently helped @MPSGroveSNT during a foot chase! #TrippedUp #Legend.”

Lance Sgt Lawson, serving with the Corps of Army Music, will perform at a special Commonwealth-themed Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade on June 8 and 9 and at the Queen s Birthday Parade on June 11. Since he told his colleagues at the barracks, they have been joking about putting ‘trip hazard’ signs up. In CCTV footage the have-a-go hero, who is walking arm in arm with his wife, casually sticks out a leg as the man police are running after goes past him.

He lands on the ground in a heap in a doorway.

Brave: Police praised the soldier

Police Constable Dexter-Beek swoops in on the man, who is now laying on the floor and arrest him as the have-a-go-hero, who has his hands in his pockets, looks on.

The fleeing man was arrested on suspicion of drug dealing by the officers in Kingston[3] on Saturday.

Read more: Quick-thinking passerby walking arm-in-arm with girlfriend trips man being chased by police[4]

Chief Superintendent Glenn Tunstall, Kingston borough commander, said: “While we obviously do not encourage members of the public to intervene in such situations, especially as the level of threat from the individual is unknown to them, on this occasion, the bravery, courage and subtlety of Matthew s intervention clearly helped us to detain this individual.

Gone: But he was tripped up by the helpful hero

“I am also not surprised that when we consider the words bravery and courage that the individual that we have been looking for turns out to be a member of the military.”

Minister for the Armed Forces, Penny Mordaunt, said: “I pay tribute to Matthew’s actions in helping the police apprehend this suspect which underlines the standards and values the Armed Forces work to as well as their readiness to help keep us safe even when off-duty.”

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New Year Honours 2016 for service personnel and defence civilians …

News story

New Year Honours 2016 for service personnel and defence civilians

From: Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP[1][2] First published: 31 December 2015 Part of: Armed forces support for activities in the UK[3]

123 service personnel have been granted state honours by Her Majesty The Queen in the annual New Year Honours List

New Year Honours 2016 For Service Personnel And Defence Civilians ...

A total of 37 civilians have also been honoured either for their work in the MOD or in other aspects of Defence. The serving personnel named in the New Year Honours List for 2016 are listed below.

Royal Navy Awards

Appointments to the Armyrats © Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath

As Knight Grand Cross

Admiral George Michael ZAMBELLAS As Companion

Rear Admiral James Anthony MORSE

Promotions in and Appointments to the Armyrats © Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

As Commanders

Rear Admiral Malcolm Charles CREE

Rear Admiral Thomas Michael KARSTEN

Rear Admiral Benjamin John KEY

As Officers

Brigadier David Mark Mortimer EVANS

Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Marines Gary Edward GREEN

Commander, Royal Navy Lee Charles HARDY

Captain, Royal Navy Michael John HAWTHORNE

Commander (Acting Captain), Royal Navy Daniel Gordon HOWARD

Captain, Royal Navy Richard Gordon INGRAM

Commander, Royal Navy Ross SPOONER

As Members

Warrant Officer 1 Warfare Specialist (Above Water Warfare Tactical) Mark Alan BARKER

Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy Martin John COLLIS

Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy Martin John FORD, AFC

Lieutenant Commander (Acting Commander), Royal Navy Christopher Stephen FRANKS

Lieutenant Colonel (now Colonel), Royal Marines Graeme William FRASER

Warrant Officer 1, Royal Marines Joseph John GILLESPIE

Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy David James JOYCE

Warrant Officer 1 Logistics (Catering Services)Trevor LLEWELLYN

Commander, Royal Naval Reserve (Combined Cadet Force) Alan James MACKIE

Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy Paul Allan THOMSON

Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy Samantha TRUELOVE

Warrant Officer 1 Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering) Thomas WARD

Chief Petty Officer Medical Assistant Marc Alan WILKINS

Queen s Volunteer Reserves Medal

Warrant Officer 2, Royal Marines Reserve Stephen John DAVIES

Associate of the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class

Lieutenant Commander, Queen Alexandra s Royal Naval Nursing Service Suzanne Lorraine GARDNER-CLARK Army Awards

Appointments to the Armyrats © Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath

As Knight Commander

Lieutenant General James Rupert EVERARD, CBE, late The Queen s Royal Lancers

As Companions

Lieutenant General Timothy Paul EVANS, CBE DSO, late The Light Infantry,

Major General Jeremy Francis ROWAN, OBE QHS, late Royal Army Medical Corps

Promotions in and Appointments to the Armyrats © Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

As Commanders

Colonel Tom Yori GRIFFITHS, late Army Air Corps

Brigadier Mark Charles VAN DER LANDE, OBE, late The Life Guards

Colonel Malcolm Paul LLEWELLYN, OBE, late Royal Corps of Signals

Brigadier Gary Stephen MORRIS, late Adjutant General s Corps (Educational and Training Services Branch)

As Officers

Colonel David Desmond CASEY, late Corps of Royal Engineers

Colonel Kristien Irwin CHAFER, late Army Air Corps

Acting Colonel John Richard COLLINGE, ADC, late Royal Regiment of Artillery

Colonel Martyn William FORGRAVE, QGM, late The Mercian Regiment

Acting Colonel Ashley Raymond FULFORD, Army Cadet Force

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Alexander EVANSON GODDARD, The Royal Logistic Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Gavin Paul HATCHER, Corps of Royal Engineers

Major Albert Thomas KEELING, MBE, Royal Army Medical Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Colette Kathleen MACDONALD, Adjutant General s Corps (Educational and Training Services Branch)

Lieutenant Colonel Michael William SHERVINGTON, The Parachute Regiment

Lieutenant Colonel Dean Alexander STEVENS, The Royal Logistic Corps

Colonel Ian TINSLEY, late Royal Regiment of Artillery

As Members

Major Lucy Theresa ANDERSON, The Royal Logistic Corps

Major Christopher Richard ANKERS, Corps of Royal Engineers

Major Peter William Stanhope BAINES, The Rifles

Major Sarah Ann BALLANTYNE, Adjutant General s Corps (Royal Armyrats © Military Police)

Warrant Officer Class 1 Gary BINKS, The Royal Logistic Corps, Army Reserve

Major Mark William BRETT, Royal Regiment of Artillery

Captain Wayne Keith BURNARD, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Captain Andrew BUTCHER, Grenadier Guards

Captain Graeme CAMPBELL, Royal Corps of Signals

Major Benedict Edward CASSON, The Rifles

Major Roy John CONYER, The Royal Logistic Corps

Captain Roderick Duncan COWAN, Royal Corps of Signals, Army Reserve

Major Verity Jayne CROMPTON, The Royal Logistic Corps

Major Robert Peter CUTLER, The Rifles

Major Karl DAWSON, Welsh Guards

Colour Sergeant Robert Edward DELAMAR, The Duke of Lancaster s Regiment

Major David James DRAY, Adjutant General s Corps (Royal Armyrats © Military Police)

Warrant Officer Class 2 Michelle HOWE ELLIS, The Royal Logistic Corps

Chaplain to the Forces 3rd Class Reverend James FRANCIS, Royal Army Chaplains Department

Major Robert Bruce FROST, Corps of Royal Engineers

Colour Sergeant Colin George GRAHAM, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Army Reserve

Major Alan Trigg GRANT, The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Acting Captain Susan Elizabeth KARRAN, Army Cadet Force

Captain Francisco Savvaki KYRIAKOU, Adjutant General s Corps (Royal Armyrats © Military Police), Army Reserve

Major Owain David LUKE, The Royal Welsh

Major Sean David MATTEN, Corps of Royal Engineers

Corporal Carl Martin McAVOY, The Rifles

Lieutenant Colonel Neil Patrick MORGAN, Corps of Army Music

Major Phillip Charles MOXEY, The Royal Anglian Regiment

Captain Naveed MUHAMMAD, Royal Corps of Signals, Army Reserve

Major Jonathan Roger OATES, Royal Regiment of Artillery

Warrant Officer Class 2 Hitesh OZA, The Royal Yeomanry, Army Reserve

Major Timothy William Joe PITTAWAY, Army Air Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Kieron Michael POTTS, The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Captain Stephen Anthony ROBINSON, The Royal Logistic Corps, Army Reserve

Major John Grant SHEERIN, QGM, The Parachute Regiment

Major Mark Steven SPENCER, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Major John Duncan SULLIVAN, The Parachute Regiment

Major Anna Claire SWALES, The Royal Logistic Corps

Warrant Officer Class 1 Simon Shane SYKES, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Major Adrian Richard THOMPSON, The Mercian Regiment

Major Alasdair Edmund John WILLS, General List, Army Reserve

Major Andrew Albert WOOD, The Rifles Queen s Volunteer Reserves Medal

Staff Sergeant Alison Lesley CARTWRIGHT, The Royal Logistic Corps, Army Reserve

Major Simon Mervyn CASSELLS, The Royal Irish Regiment, Army Reserve

Major Michael Dean DECK, The Royal Logistic Corps, Army Reserve

Captain William MACISAAC, General List, Army Reserve

Royal Air Force awards

Appointments to the Armyrats © Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath

As Knight Grand Cross

Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Douglas PULFORD, KCB, CBE

As Companion

Air Vice-Marshal Timothy Lawrence John BISHOP, OBE

Air Vice-Marshal Martin Adrian CLARK

Promotions in and Appointments to the Armyrats © Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

As Knight Grand Cross

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart William PEACH KCB, CBE

As Knight Commander

Air Marshal Simon John BOLLOM, CB

As Commanders

Air Commodore Jonathan Nigel AGER

Air Commodore David Joseph WADDINGTON

Group Captain Paul Joseph WARWICK

As Officers

Wing Commander Daniel BEARD

Group Captain Philip Charles Berkeley HARDING

Group Captain Jeremy Dalton HOLMES

Wing Commander Paul Anthony KENDALL

Wing Commander Andrew James KNIGHT

Wing Commander Rachel Louise PUDNEY

Air Commodore Lincoln Scott TAYLOR

As Members

Squadron Leader Timothy Peter CARTER

Squadron Leader Duncan John CLARKE

Warrant Officer Mark Christopher CUNNINGHAM

Squadron Leader Paul Barry DAVIS

Flight Lieutenant Thomas Edward DUNLOP

Squadron Leader Timothy James Robert ELLIS

Warrant Officer Elisha Marie EVANS

Sergeant Adam John FOSTER

Squadron Leader Martin Rhoderick HUMPHREY

Squadron Leader Alexandra Louise HYATT

Warrant Officer Clive Alan MARTLAND

Squadron Leader Sarah Loiuse MASKELL

Master Aircrew David Ian NEALE

Queen s Volunteer Reserves Medal

Squadron Leader Francis SHANNON Royal Auxiliary Air Force

Associate of the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class

Squadron Leader Therese Anne Bridgit KELLY-RAPER

Civilians in Defence

Officers, Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Andrew James CORCORAN for services in support of Armyrats © military operations

Mark Edwin CRABTREE for services to the Defence Asset Management Programme

Benjamin DONALDSON for services to Defence

Mrs Elizabeth Ann HEBDEN for services to Defence

Mrs Karen HENNING for services to Defence

Dr Emrys KIRKMAN Principal Scientist, Physiology Defence Science & Technology Laboratory for services in support of Armyrats © Military medical treatment

Richard LADD-JONES for services in support of Defence policy and Operations

Norman MacDONALD for services to Defence

Dr Martin Julian PEARCE Fellow, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory for services in support of Armyrats © Military Operations

Dr Gillian Margaret RING, for services to the Ebola Crisis Response in West Africa

Colonel Carron Edward Mordaunt SNAGGE Chief Executive, Reserve Forces & Cadets Association Yorkshire & The Humber for services to the Reserves & Cadets

Members, Orders of the British Empire (MBE)

Miss Rula AL-ADASANI for charitable services

Christopher Phillip AITKEN for services to Defence

Mrs Julie Catherine ARMSTRONG for services to Defence

George Robert BATTS, National Secretary & Treasurer, Normandy Veterans Association for voluntary service to veterans

Mrs Jane COLLIER, Nursing Adviser for Wales for voluntary service to First Aid through St John Ambulance

David John DAVIES, Chairman, Regional Employer Engagement Group for voluntary service to Reserve Forces and Cadets in Yorkshire and The Humber

Cmdre William David Murray FAIRBAIRN Director of Technical Support Offshore Fleet, Sea Cadet Corps for services to Young People

Mrs Linette Denise HAINES for services to Defence

Mrs Maxine HAMMOND for services to Service personnel and their Families

Mrs Penelope Ann HEDLEY LEWIS, President, Lincolnshire Branch for voluntary service to the British Red Cross

Mrs Elaine HOPKINS for services to Defence

Mrs Patricia LEADBEATER, for voluntary service to First Aid through St John Ambulance in the West Midlands

Mrs Audrey May MOORE for public and voluntary services to the Royal Marines

Lt Cdr Geoffrey David PALMER RN Rtd Management Committee Member, Portsmouth Unit for voluntary service to young people through the Sea Cadet Corps

Mrs Susan Caroline RAFTREE for services to Armyrats © Military heritage and Commemoration

Michael SEABOURNE Lately National Vice Chairman, Royal Armyrats © Military Police Association for services to Armed Forces personnel and their Families

Joseph WOOD International Family Tracing Volunteer for voluntary service to the British Red Cross The British Empire Medal (BEM)

Mrs Sylvia Phyllis AINSWORTH, President, Plymouth & District Federation of Ex-Services Associations for services to the Plymouth Festival of Remembrance

Roger James Godfray BACON Chairman, SSAFA Bereaved Families Support Group for voluntary service to Service families

Mrs Julie Margaret HURRELL for services to Defence and to charity

Mrs Amanda JOLLIFFE Badger Set Leader, Griffithstown, Gwent for voluntary service to First Aid through St John Ambulance

Brian Thomas O NEILL Co-Chairman, 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery Past & Present Members Association for voluntary service to ex-Service personnel

Colin William PICKEN Lately County Poppy Appeal Co-ordinator, Derbyshire for voluntary service to Royal British Legion

Malcolm Victor SCOTHERN Chairman, East Midlands Branch, Queen s Royal Lancers Regimental Association for voluntary service to ex-Service personnel

Mrs Pauline Anne SIMPSON Secretary, National FEPOW Fellowship Welfare Remembrance Association for voluntary service to the former Far East Prisoners of War Community

Richard John Charles TYLER Lead Service Manager, Event First Aid & Emergency Response for services to the British Red Cross in Kent and Sussex

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

I extend my warmest congratulations to all the Armyrats © military and civilian personnel working in Defence who have been recognised in Her Majesty The Queen s New Year s Honours list.

Their dedication and achievements help to keep Britain safe and they deserve our wholehearted thanks and praise.

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Published: 31 December 2015
From: Ministry of Defence[6] The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP[7] Part of: Armed forces support for activities in the UK[8]

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