Henley Standard Property
HOME

Date:

Order your copy Advertise with us! HENLEY PAGES
Delivering the news from Henley on Thames and South Oxfordshire for over 100 years
  News     Sport    Celebrity   What's On Regulars Community Info Henley Standard TV Lifestyle Property Jobs Classifieds Gallery Trade
                               Follow us    Follow us    Newsfeed Search the Henley Standard  
Soldier ‘amazed’ at award of MBE
Published 06/01/14



AN army major from Henley has been made an MBE for services to the military.

Maj Paul Smyth has served with the army reserve since 2001 and has been on six tours to Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, the first just weeks after his graduation.

He also worked as a media operations director during the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq in 2009.

Maj Smyth was surprised by the award.

“It was totally unexpected and really quite amazing,” he said. “I got a phone call from my commanding officer and was sworn to secrecy, which was hard because you want to tell your nearest but it’s not allowed. When I finally told my family they were really taken aback.”


Maj Smyth lives in Friday Street with his wife Rebecca, 41, and children Jessica, nine, and Annabel, eight.

He works in London for communications agency Hill Knowlton Strategies and owns River PR in Henley.

In 2011, Maj Smyth wrote Blogging From The Battlefield, documenting his experiences on a tour in Afghanistan.

He acts as marshal for the Remembrance Day parade in Henley each year.

Maj Smyth said: “I’ve been in the reserves for only 13 years, which is such a short time so to get the award is pretty staggering.

“It’s incredible that I will get to meet royalty. I don’t know who will be presenting the medal, it could be the Queen, Prince Charles or even Prince William so it’s very exciting.”

Published 06/01/14

MOST POPULAR
Shoppers warned to beware of card scam
Gas fireball caused by lightning strike
Regatta planning new enclosure for families
Teenager assaulted on Henley train
Two injured in separate Bell Street falls
Passers by save dog trapped in car
Strong competition at Henley Women's Regatta
Fast broadband on way to rural areas... eventually
LATEST NEWS HEADLINES
Townlands unit still not ready
Children get royal help with life skills
No room for more homes
Children’s centre closure won’t end all services
Town ‘could become one huge retirement home’
Parkinson's sufferer honoured by Prime Minister
Nation wakes up to historic referendum
No sign of empty floor at Townlands being filled
11-year-old composer joins Festival line-up
Tributes paid to coach 'who made a difference'
Fair Mile offices to be turned into housing
Walkers raise £650 to cheer up young people
Latest Video View more from   Henley Standard TV
ADVERTISE WITH US
LATEST SPORTS HEADLINES
Stream doesn't defeat determined swimmers
British Rowing to investigate bullying claims
Olympic medallist gets on her bike to present
Walton and Collins secure silver in Poznan
Draw winner
Top Videos
 
Most Popular
 
 
 
 
Higgs Group
HIGGS GROUP
Tel: 01491 419400
www.higgsgroup.co.uk
HENLEY PAGES
Tel: 01491 419419
www.henleypages.com
HIGGS PRINTING & DESIGN
Tel: 01491 419429
www.higgsprinting.co.uk
HIGGS OFFICE SUPPLIES
Tel: 01491 419499
www.higgsofficesupplies.co.uk
HENLEY LIFE MAGAZINE
Tel: 01491 419449
www.henleylife.co.uk
HIGGS GROUP, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AD.

Cookie Policy | Copyright and Terms | Competition Rules | Contact Us | Advertise with us | Site Map
© Higgs & Co (Printers) Limited 2013  |  Registered in England number 1418717