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Army reservist nurse receives Queen's commendation

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Army reservist nurse Jonathan Paul Nolan has received the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the latest operational honours and awards list.

Captain Nolan, 30, a member of 256 (City of London) Field Hospital (Volunteers), was based at the military hospital in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, from October 2009 to February 2010 with more than 90 fellow reservist medics.

Captain Nolan’s dedication to infection prevention and an exceptional treatment of casualties who sustained ophthalmic trauma injuries led to the award - one of the most significant that can be bestowed on an individual, recognising meritorious service during operations.

Captain Nolan said: “I certainly don’t feel I deserve an award more than anyone else that I served with in the hospital squadron in Afghanistan. In fact I’m sure that had the team there not been so utterly professional I would not have been able to have such a good tour from a clinical perspective.”

Soldiers from 256 (City of London) Field Hospital (Volunteers) are responsible for the care of the sick and wounded on operational duties. Healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses and physiotherapists carry out the vital role of treating and evacuating any casualties admitted to the hospital, whether civilian or military, and from all sides of the conflict.

Commanding Officer of 256 (City of London) Field Hospital (Volunteers), Colonel Jerry McBride, said: “As ‘JP’s commanding officer, I and all members of the City of London Field Hospital are immensely proud for him and his family.”

Captain Nolan will be invited to Buckingham Palace in December to receive his award from the Queen.

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