New Year’s honour for Walpole St Andrew man

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A Walpole St Andrew man serving in local military personnel has been honoured in the New Year’s honours list.

Squadron Leader Frank Shannon was awarded the Queens Volunteer Reserve Medal, QVRM, for exemplary and meritorious service within the RAF Medical Services.

Mr Shannon has clocked up close to 40 years military service, both regular and reserve.

Only a small number of QVRM’s are awarded each year and he was the only RAF person in this year’s cohort.

West Norfolk has a long-standing association with the Armed Forces and Mr Shannon said: “My Squadron in particular has provided specialist battle field trauma care to injured personnel from all sides and nationalities in recent conflicts.

“The Royal Air Force Medical Services (RAFMS) provides health care at home and on deployed operations to military personnel.

“RAFMS personnel have specialist expertise in a wide range of clinical areas including general practice, trauma/emergency care, aviation medicine, and aeromedical evacuation. Care is delivered impartially to all injured personnel, be they friend or foe.”

Mr Shannon spent ten years in the Navy before transferring into the RAF as a commissioned officer, where he was based at both Leuchars Station (formerally RAF Leuchars) and Portsmouth.

He became theatre manager at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Lynn, after moving to the area in 1996, where he spent 11 years.

In 2003 he joined the reserves and since 2007 has spent two years in Cyprus and another two years in Afghanistan where his knowledge and specialist work has proved invaluable.