SNIPPET - DATE LINE APRIL 2013

SOON TO BE RETIRING, FOR THE SECOND TIME, BUT THIS TIME FOR GOOD!

YOU ARE A MANIFESTATION OF THATCHERISM AS I AND MY MANY COLLEAGUES UNDERSTAND IT. 

WE THEREFORE SALUTE AND THANK YOU FOR THE SERVICE YOU GAVE TO YOUR COUNTRY JUST AS SHE DID. MAY YOU HAVE MANY YEARS OF HAPPY RETIREMENT.

With Mrs Thatcher's recent death in mind, here is a picture and details of a man who wears many of the medals struck whilst she was in office as our esteemed Prime Minister and under the reign of our much loved Sovereign,  Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In my mind, Mrs Thatcher too, deserved many medals for being the best peace-time Prime Minister the United Kingdom have ever had or is likely to have.  May she RIP from her many labours.

This man is a WO1 currently serving in the British army in the Royal Yeomanry  [c. April 2013] due to leave the Service in approximately eighteen months time when aged nearly 55. His name is Mick Flynn. I will tell you at this point that the MOD puts him forward as being the most highly decorated soldier in the British Army, but I would wager, subject to correction, that that probably means in the UK Armed Forces overall. He has twelve crosses/medals.

1979 was a special year for both Mick and for Mrs Thatcher.  Mrs Thatcher, at fifty three became the Prime Minister and Mick, at eighteen, joined the Army, his first experiences {and first medal} being against the IRA in Northern Ireland. It was also special for me because Lord Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA in this year when I was forty one and Lord Louis was seventy nine.

He won his second medal a couple of years later {1982} in the Falklands. His next posting and medal was to Cyprus. After Cyprus and fourteen years in the Services, he had had enough of Army life and in 1993 left to try his hand in civilian life. Things didn't turn out too well for him, and eight years later, when forty one, he reenlisted.

 The year was 2001 and just in time for Iraq!  Apart from the campaign 'gongs' he was awarded the CGC [Conspicuous Gallantry Cross] for outstanding Service and bravery in the face of the enemy - a very special honour second only to the VC - SEE BELOW -!

Later, in Afghanistan [again with campaign 'gongs'] he distinguished himself this time being awarded the Military Cross

He has other campaign medals, as well as a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, a Golden Jubilee Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal [MSM]

He is married to Shelley and has a daughter called Gabrielle. He intends to buy a boat and to travel the world with his family at his retirement.

HONOURS AND THEIR RANKING

There are ten top honours [with others below them but not listed here] and merit in the following order.

LEVEL 1. Victoria Cross
LEVEL 2.  Conspicuous Gallantry Cross and Distinguished Service Order
LEVEL 3.  Distinguished Service Cross [Navy] and Military Cross [Army] and Distinguished Flying Cross [Air Force]
LEVEL 4. George Cross
LEVEL 5.  George Medal
  LEVEL 6.  Queens Gallantry Medal
LEVEL 7. Air Force Cross

and from the text above, you will see that Mick was awarded the No2 {shared} and No3 {shared} ranked honours.

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