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June 5th 2015

Reservist: “Being awarded at Buckingham Palace was a once in a lifetime experience”

A Reservist from Mansfield Woodhouse has received a medal at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his support to the Armed Forces.

Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Mick Hancock, aged 54, was successfully nominated for a Queens Volunteer Reserve Medal (QVRM) in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list, and was invited to a formal medal presentation at Buckingham Palace last month (21 May 2015).

Mick, who works as a lorry driver in his civilian career for Norbert Dentressangle, has served with the Army Reserve for 30 years completing operations in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as more recently coaching other soldiers as a Course Specialist Instructor in the Force’s Phase 3 training programme.

Explaining how he felt to receive the QVRM award Mick said: “I am truly honoured to receive the award and believe this demonstrates that if you work hard all of your efforts will be recognised and appreciated by your fellow colleagues. “Prince William presented me with the award and took the time to congratulate me on receiving the medal, as well as asking me more about what my Reserve role involves exactly and how long I have served for. Being awarded at Buckingham Palace was a once in a lifetime experience, and something I will remember forever.”

Mick explained that the presentation event was both thrilling and rewarding: “I attended the presentation event with my wife and two daughters and can say that we all enjoyed having the chance to visit the palace and meet other people being awarded. There was a real variety of people at the event from celebrities to the Household Cavalry, and everyone was extremely welcoming. “As well as meeting Prince William my family talked to Sheridan Smith, a famous actress, who was also being awarded at the same event. Looking back on my time in the Army Reserve I have enjoyed every minute, I have had the opportunity to travel, take part in world-class training exercises and meet some fantastic people. I would recommend joining the Reserves to anyone looking for a new challenge.”

Mick is currently serving as a Reservist at the Army Training Regiment in Grantham, although he has previously trained with units in Derbyshire, Lincoln, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire including the Mercian Regiment in Mansfield.

To find out more about joining the Army Reserve visit www.army.mod.uk

"I am truly honoured to receive the award and believe this demonstrates that if you work hard all of your efforts will be recognised and appreciated by your fellow colleagues".