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Hartlepool officer given MBE

02nd February 2015

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Simpson who was awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Years Honours, with Lifestyle Fitness staff, Clare Dewhurst, Dean Crangle, Nathan Renwick, Chris Atkins and Jason Elliott.

AN Army officer of 35 years has been awarded an MBE for his work in administrating the treatment of war casualties.

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Simpson, 52, of the Royal Army Medical Corps was stunned to be recognised with the commendation for his achievement, commitment and services to the military and the management of military casualties.

The married dad-of-two, from Clover Drive, Hartlepool, joined the Army in 1979 and has treated military patients all over the world including Germany, Cyprus, The Balkans, Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia, Kenya, Hong Kong, and Belize, on the East Coast of Central America, the Gulf and Namibia.

Lieut Col Simpson, of the Royal Army Medical Corps Army Reserve, said: “I came back from the gym and there was a letter on the mat saying that I’d been awarded an MBE - I thought it was a joke.

“I had to wait until the military honours list was announced officially until I believed it.”

He added: “You never think you are worthy of anything like that, you just think ‘me?’

“I come from a very working class background. My dad was a miner and my mam was a shop worker, my mam would have been over the moon with this and I wish she could be here to see it.”

Now Ian, who is married to Pamela Simpson, 52, and is father to Adam Simpson, 24, and Hannah Simpson, 20, is waiting from an official letter to say when he has to go to London to collect the MBE, which is expected to be some time between now and July.

He added: “It’s very exciting and we’ll all be taking a trip down for the occasion.”

Ian, who is a regular attender at the Lifestyle Fitness gym, at Hartlepool Marina, has also been given a special gift of membership at the complex.

It came after bosses at the gym heard of his achievement.

Gym manager Lee Robson said: “Ian will be going to the palace to receive the award, and I have given him a complimentary membership for his achievement and his commitment and services to the Military. Everyone should be proud of Ian being recognised in this way.”

Hartlepool Mail: 2 February 2015