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  
Local army reservist collects MBE
Published 20/03/14



AN army reservist from Henley has received his MBE for serving during operations in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Major Paul Smyth, 42, of the Rifles Regiment in the Territorial Army, was presented with his medal by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

He has been in the Army Reserves for 12 years, spending four mobilised in support of operations, where he was a PR consultant providing media advice in war zones.

He was honoured for his ground-breaking work using social media, blogging, filmand photography to help communicate the work of the armed forces to media organisations around the world.

Maj Smyth, of Friday Street, said: “I did a whole load in terms of bringing to life the work of the armed forces on operations through social media and other outlets which havenít traditionally been used.

“A large part of the credit is due to all those very inspirational people I was lucky enough to be deployed with.”

He completed six tours of duty, including his final six-month stint in Afghanistan where he accompanied Prince Charles on a visit to Helmand Province. He said: “It was a real privilege to receive the MBE from the prince. He is the most senior member of the royal family to visit Afghanistan and we had a brief discussion about that trip on the day.”

Maj Smyth attended the ceremony accompanied by his wife Becky, a book-keeper for SES Saddlery in Sonning Common, and daughters Jessica, 10, and eight-year-old Annabel, who both attend Rupert House School in Bell Street, Henley. He said: “It was incredibly special and I was lucky enough to celebrate it with all of my family.

When I left the palace with my medal my family started cheering and then a whole load of tourists and spectators started cheering and I ended up posing for photographs with them. It was an amazing day.”

Out of uniform, Maj Smyth works in London for Hill and Knowlton Strategies, a PR and communications agency, and leads a team working with the army and Capita to recruit soldiers.


Published 20/03/14

MOST POPULAR
Man dies after collision on driveway
Villagers pledge to save historic pub
Toll-free period after bridge re-opens
Good weather brought crowds to Henley Show
Spurned boss made me quit
New shop front plan attacked
Delays continue at Bix
Hat-trick of Bloom Gold
LATEST NEWS HEADLINES
Hat-trick of bloom gold
Leader of SODC passes away
'Better citizens make better rugby players'
Florist is rising star at business awards
Former soldier wins double at Invictus Games
Man dies in collision with car on driveway
Showjumping vistory for Imogen
Drivers urged to plan journeys
Psychologist comes home to share reflections
Ex-Mayor voted on to parish council
MP back on tour
Hospital developer asked to keep us informed
Latest Video View more from   Henley Standard TV
ADVERTISE WITH US
LATEST SPORTS HEADLINES
Hawks go top of the League
Late strike leaves visitors searching for win
Girls need your vote for top-flight tutoring
Hawks Women lose two-year unbeaten record
Rebellions have edge to secure trophy
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