Dan Jarvis MP To Receive MBE From Prince Charles For Former Army Career

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Jarvis' MBE Designed A System Which Helped Detect IEDs In Afghanistan
Jarvis' MBE Designed A System Which Helped Detect IEDs In Afghanistan

A former Army officer turned MP is to become the first serving politician in more than 60 years to be awarded a military honour when he receives an MBE from the Prince of Wales.

Dan Jarvis, an ex-Parachute Regiment Major, will be recognised for services to the Armed Forces and also designing and delivering a training system that teaches troops to spot tell tale signs of improvised explosive devices.

The MBE citation for the Labour MP for Barnsley Central highlighted the impact of his work, stating: "It has been highly effective and has undoubtedly saved lives in Afghanistan."

The former Special Forces major served in Iraq and Afghanistan during his 15-year military career, and recognised that before deployment, troops would benefit from training to identify markings such as disturbed earth around devices.

Other recipients who will receive honours from Charles at the Buckingham Palace investiture include artist Sam Taylor-Wood, who will be presented with an OBE.

Taylor-Wood is known for her photography and video work featuring celebrities, including a short film of David Beckham sleeping.

Ex-EastEnder Brooke Kinsella will receive an MBE for her campaign against knife crime, prompted by the murder of her 16-year-old brother Ben in 2008.

Singer Claire Martin, who has been one of the leading forces in Britain's jazz scene for more than 20 years, collects an OBE.

Military Crosses for bravery will be presented to Captain Iain Curren and Private Bryan Johnson, both from the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Capt Curren twice led his men in charges against heavily-armed Taliban forces, while in a separate incident Pte Johnson showed courage by dragging a wounded comrade away from a firefight and delivered life-saving first aid.

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