Halifax soldier awarded MBE

Warrant Officer Class One Andrew Mark James
Warrant Officer Class One Andrew Mark James

A Halifax humanitarian soldier who helps service men and women affected by the perils of war has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Honours List.

Warrant Officer Class One Andrew Mark James, 47, has given 32 years military service. He has served 19 years of his career on military operations: he has been deployed to Northern Ireland five times, completed four tours of Afghanistan, two tours of Bosnia, one tour of Iraq, Kosovo, Macedonia and Sierra Leone.

At the age of 16, the former Holy Trinity School, Halifax, pupil joined the Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Artillery at Bramcote Nuneaton.

It is for his worldwide operations as a project manager supporting men and women affected by post traumatic stress disorder that Andrew was recognised with an MBE.

“I am deeply honoured to receive n MBE and whilst I appreciate it is in recognition of my achievements over a long and very rewarding career spanning many operational deployments, much of what I have achieved would not have been possible without the professionalism and dedication of my military colleagues and the unwavering support of my family and friends,” said Andrew.

Andrew’s mother, Yvonne James, of Bradshaw, said: “We’re all so proud of him.”