Rotary Club honour service men with special awards

Left: Ken Robertshaw and David Nash present Lieutenant Colonel Tom Vallings and RSM Darren Szymanski with the Paul Harris Fellowship at the Rock Inn and (below) Private Jack Holmes
Left: Ken Robertshaw and David Nash present Lieutenant Colonel Tom Vallings and RSM Darren Szymanski with the Paul Harris Fellowship at the Rock Inn and (below) Private Jack Holmes
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The Rotary Club of Halifax has made two very special presentations.

The first was to Lieutenant Colonel Tom Vallings and WO1 Regimental Sergeant Major Darren Szymanski of the 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, the Duke of Wellingtons.

Jack Holmes with his new Audi.

Jack Holmes with his new Audi.

Former district governor Ken Robertshaw and current Rotary Club president David Nash presented them with the Paul Harris Fellowship.

During his address at the Rock Inn, Halifax, Mr Nash praised the work of the Dukes in assisting people during natural and manmade disasters, and their dedication to duty in bringing peace to war-torn countries.

Colonel Tom Vallings said: “This award will be hung proudly in his headquarters for all to see and read on a daily basis.”

The Battalion are now on duty in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

The second presentation was made to 21-year-old former solider, Private Jack Holmes from Siddal, who lost his legs from below the knee following a bomb explosion while serving in Afghanistan in September 2010.

He was working with the 21st Engineer Regiment when he was caught in the blast.

Jack and his father Dave attended the Brown Cow pub in Highroad Well to receive a cheque for £350.

Jack’s father Dave said he and his wife Paula were proud of their son.

“We’re obviously very proud of the way he is recovering – but he’s got a lot more independence back lately and I feel like I have to make an appointment if I want to see him, but we’re delighted with his progress.”

Jack is still recovering from his injuries at Headley Court Military Hospital in Surrey.