Army Reserve surgeon Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Reynolds from Hazelwood near Belper has been awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate – an achievement recognised as one of the highest honours in the armed forces, ranking just below the MBE.
Lieutenant Colonel Reynolds is a member of B Squadron 212 Field Hospital, based in Broadgate, Beeston. The Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire presented the certificate in recognition of his outstanding contribution and dedication to the Army Reserves at a ceremony held at the Regiment’s Sheffield Headquarters.
Jonathan joined the Reserves in 2008 at the age of 54, when most consultant surgeons might be considering retirement. A very senior and experienced clinician, Jonathan has among many other appointments and accolades, been the Surgical Director at the Royal Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and was recently appointed a Lead Trauma Consultant at the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre at Nottingham University Hospitals. Over the last six years he has added to his NHS responsibilities as a keen and enthusiastic member of 212 Field Hospital.
Having recently returned from a second 10-week tour of duty in Afghanistan, Jonathan was previously deployed in 2011 as the senior British General Surgeon at Camp Bastion, treating over 200 casualties.
However, it is not only his individual skills employed in theatre but also his team work and invaluable contribution to the education and training of junior officers as they prepare for deployment, which is equally deserving of praise and recognition.
Reflecting on the ceremony and his award, Jonathan said:“I joined the Army Reserves because I felt I had a surgical skill set to offer our service men and women. I am privileged to have served on two operational tours doing what I believe I do best as a surgeon helping and assisting our injured personnel in the operating theatre. To receive an honour such as this for just doing my job as a trauma surgeon is both humbling and a huge surprise to me.
“I could not have done this without the unconditional support from my wife Shelley and children. I thank my family, friends and all the individuals within 212 Field Hospital and the bigger Army for their encouragement and backing, in what for me has been a memorable experience. It has been an honour to serve with the Royal Army Medical Corps. Both the RAMC and the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps should be very proud of their achievements and the job they have done in supporting our ISAF troops on operations.”
Colonel Snagge, Chief Executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) in Yorkshire and The Humber, which runs the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificates Awards, added: “Without the selfless commitment of many hundreds of volunteers across the region who give up their time outside of working hours, the reserve forces simply couldn’t exist. I am delighted that Jonathan’s service has been commemorated in this way and I have no doubt he has helped make a great difference to the Army Reserve.”
For more information about the role of Reservists or to find out about becoming an Adult Volunteer in the Cadets, please visit the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association website at: www.eastmidlandsrfca.co.uk