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Honour for soldier
A Weymouth Reservist with the Territorial Army has been honoured by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers.
Lance Corporal David Clifford, a dedicated family man and local fundraiser, received a certificate for Meritorious Service with the Royal Wessex Yeomanry, A (Dorset Yeomanry) Squadron, from the Lord-Lieutenant.
The 41-year-old dedicates much of his spare time to the Reserves, acting as a Sword Orderly for the squadron, where he attends a number of prestigious events across the country.
He is also a keen fundraiser and has taken on a number of challenges to raise funds for Dorchester Keep Museum, the Army Benevolent Fund and the Squadron’s Old Comrades Association.
The rest of David’s time is devoted to his three children, aged six, 12 and 15.
He said: “As a family man being in the TA gives me a lot of flexibility because I can have a full-time job and earn money as a Reservist at the same time if I choose to.
“For the moment I want to spend that time with my children and it also gives me the time to take on fundraising ventures.
“I adore my squadron and I adore its history so I’m always looking for ways to keep it alive through fundraising and generally helping out,” he said.
“Others who received the award for Meritorious Service with the Reserve and Cadet Forces in Dorset were:
- Corporal Nigel Scott, 51, of Dorchester – a Military Clerk at C Company 6 Rifles and former police officer, who has served twice in Afghanistan.
- Major Andrew Robert Garrett, 45, of Wimborne – a County Training Officer at Dorset Army Cadet Force responsible for the training of young Cadets throughout Dorset.
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