Bro. Mark Richardson awarded VR



Bro. Mark, who holds the Office of Captain of Guards in the Court of Beoferlic No. 59 was delighted when, in April this year (2015) he was awarded the post nominal decoration of ‘VR’ by the Queen and the Secretary of State for Defence in recognition of the long service he has given to the Army Reserve. The ‘VR’ was given to holders of the ‘VRSM’ (Volunteer Reserve Service Medal), and now replaces the ‘TD’ (Territorial Decoration). Mark commented, “I am very proud of this decoration, and to have served long enough with distinction (18 years) to have received it”.


As current Trumpet Major of the Regiment (150th Transport Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps.), Mark is responsible for the display presentation and performance of the Regimental Fanfare Team, the Brass Quintet and he is also second in command of the Corps of Drums.


Mark regularly performs at many functions the length and breadth of the Country, including the Inverness Military Tattoo, Edinburgh Castle, fanfares for high profile occasions, and performing at Mess’s all around the UK. However, one of his proudest moments was playing for Royalty at Chelsea Hospital.


Mark has also been very fortunate to be engaged to play in many other parts of the world, including Germany, Gibraltar, Sweden and Bavaria. One posting of which he is particularly proud was his tour of duty in the Falkland Islands, where he was present at the Queen’s Birthday Parade through Port Stanley, and was invited to Government House, a very special invitation indeed and not one offered to many people.


Mark is also the proud holder of ‘The Volunteer Reserve Service Medal (VSRM) 1st Clasp’, ‘The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal’ and ‘The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal’.