Royal appointment as Worthing sergeant collects medal from Queen

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A WORTHING sergeant has received a prestigious medal from the Queen for serving to “the highest standard, far beyond what is expected of his rank and appointment”.

Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant for Third Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (3PWRR), Dale Holley, was presented with the Queen’s Voluntary Reserve Medal at Buckingham Palace last week.

The Queen presented the medal to Dale during the investiture ceremony in the palace’s Great Hall.

Dale, 44, said: “I am very humbled to have received the decoration. It was one of the proudest moments of my life.

“You don’t know until the day if her majesty will present the award or not, so it was a huge honour to meet and speak with her. She asked about my work in the Army and I explained the roles I’ve held.”

On his return from Operation Herrick in Afghanistan in 2008, Dale took up the appointment of Company Sergeant Major for B Company, the Territorial Army unit based in Brighton. His award citation said: “Since his appointment, he has preformed to the highest standard far beyond what is expected of his rank and appointment, his style of leadership and his proactive approach to problem solving has had a major impact on the company, and has had a marked effect on the company’s ability to support current operations, overseeing a rise in the standard of soldiers throughout the company.

“Retention and attendance at training is now the highest within the Battalion, with record numbers volunteering for and undertaking operational deployments.”

The citation also commended Dale’s involvement in the Worthing Lions Club appeal to send welfare boxes to soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

The citation added: “WO2 Holley has had a profound effect on B Company – there is not one aspect of the company that he is not involved in or has some influence in, in one way or another, the quality and quantity of his work is far above that one would expect from his peers. He is well respected by all ranks throughout the Battalion, a role model that peers and junior ranks alike aspire to. His performance has been remarkable and is wholly deserving of official recognition.”

There are only 13 Queen’s Voluntary Reserve Medal awards made in any one year, and are presented only to members of the Volunteer Reserves of all three Armed Services for exemplary meritorious service in the conduct of their duties.