The Colonel Cadets Wales at 160th (Welsh) Brigade has been awarded the Queen’s Volunteer Reserve Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2020.
Lieutenant Colonel Llewelyn Williams, originally from Wrexham now living in Colwyn Bay, has been chosen to receive the Queen’s Volunteer Reserve Medal QVRM for services to the Army Reserve over the last 41 years.
He said, “I am honoured to receive the award and humbled by the number of congratulatory messages I have received from military and civilian colleagues alike.”
The former Commandant of Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF, enlisted into the Territorial Army in 1979 into the 3rd Bn Royal Welch Fusiliers at Hightown Barracks, Wrexham. He worked his way through the ranks to become a Sergeant Major and was commissioned as an officer in 1993. He has served all over the world including stints in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lt Col Williams transferred to REME and is currently serving in Aldershot as part of Regional Command supporting reserves and cadets across the country. In addition he joined the local Army cadets taking over as Commandant of Clwyd & Gwynedd ACF in Sept 2016 moving to Brigade Colonel Cadets in Nov 2019 as the senior Cadet Force Adult Volunteer in Wales, a position he continues to hold.
The QVRM was created by Royal Warrant of Queen Elizabeth II on 29 March 1999. Only 13 Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medals may be awarded in a year. The medal is presented only to members of the Volunteer Reserves of the British Armed Services for exemplary meritorious service in the conduct of their duties.
Also recognised in the Birthday Honours was Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Jim Wood, Contingent Commander at St Brigid’s School Combined Cadet Force in Denbigh. Major Wood (CCF) has been awarded the MBE for his contribution to the school’s CCF.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Congratulations to our remarkable Armed Forces personnel who have been granted state honours by Her Majesty the Queen in the Birthday Honours List.”