Glasgow Honours Military Reservists, Cadets and Adult Volunteers


Armed Forces Reservists, cadets and volunteers with cadet organisations have been honoured at a civic reception hosted by Glasgow’s First Citizen, the Lord Provost of Glasgow.

Lord Provost Eva Bolander presented certificates of meritorious service to Reservists and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, in her capacity as Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, at a special ceremony held in the City Chambers on Wednesday 28 November. The event was witnessed by proud families, friends, employers and politicians.

Captain Chris Smith, Naval Regional Commander, Scotland and Northern Ireland also presented Royal Naval Reservist Lieutenant Commander Heather Ferrie with a Clasp to the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal.

The Lord Provost said: “It’s my privilege to see at close quarters the quality and consistent contribution the Reserves and Cadet Organisations make to the city.

“I’m extremely proud to support our military and had the recent honour of leading Glasgow’s Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day service in George Square, where I was ably supported by my Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet. I also welcomed the Princess Royal to Scotland’s special centenary service at Glasgow Cathedral marking a century since the Great War ended.

“Other memorable military events include taking The Salute at Armed Forces Day in June and the inaugural Cadet Officer Commissioning Parade in George Square in May.

“Hundreds of men and women volunteer with Reserves and Cadet Units located across the city. The Lord Lieutenant’s Awards are an opportunity to recognise the commitment and selfless dedication of those who serve this city and country as volunteers in our Reserve Forces and Cadet Organisations. I’m delighted to give them our citizens’ grateful thanks.”

The ceremony also saw Glasgow-based BD Print presented with the Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award by Colonel Sandy Fitzpatrick, Deputy Commander, 51st Infantry Brigade and HQ Scotland, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Defence.

Employers Lairds of Troon, Forrest Precision Engineering and Lochlie Construction Group also showed their support for the military by presenting signed Armed Forces Covenants.

Captain Andrew Cowan, a Royal Naval Reserve Officer and Chairman of Lowland RFCA said:

“Tonight’s awards recognise the achievements of just some of the 1,300 Glaswegians who volunteer to serve in the Reserve Forces. They are an important way of celebrating the positive contribution the city’s armed forces community continues to make to the defence of the nation, their communities and neighbourhoods.

“The Cadets, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and Reservists honoured tonight exemplify the benefits service in the Reserves, Cadet Organisations and armed Forces can bring. Equipping individuals with skills and experience that are useful life-skills and attractive to employers.

“It’s also an opportunity for us to recognise the commitment of employers who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, including companies like BD Print which received a Ministry of Defence Bronze Award for its backing for the Armed Forces community.

“We’re indebted to the Lord Provost for hosting this civic reception and presenting these awards and to the friends and family of award recipients who joined us, without whose support we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.”

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The Lord Provost of Glasgow enters the room, flanked by award recipients


Captain Derek Morrison – Glasgow & Lanarkshire Battalion, Army Cadet Force (in absentia)

Captain Morrison joined Glasgow & Lanarkshire Battalion Army Cadet Force as an adult volunteer in 1985, following six years as an Army Cadet. Joining as a Sergeant he was subsequently promoted to Sergeant Major. He was commissioned as an ACF Officer in 2007 and became Detachment Commander within the Royal Signals Detachment.

Capt Morrison subsequently became Detachment Commander of C Troop (Anderston) Royal Artillery, second-in-command of D Company, Detachment Commander of A Troop (Broomhill) Royal Artillery and is currently second-in-command of Normandy Company, covering detachments north of the Clyde.

During his 32 years as a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer he has been awarded the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and the Cadet Forces Medal with two Cadet Force Clasps.

Lieutenant Matthew Roberton – Glasgow & Lanarkshire Battalion, Army Cadet Force (in absentia)

Lt Roberton Joined the Army Cadet Force in 1999 as a member of the Professional Support Staff, following a 22 year career in the regular Army where he was deployed on several operational tours of Northern Ireland and was involved in aftermath of the Lockerbie Disaster.

Lt Roberton assumed the Role of a Cadet Administration Assistant within the Glasgow & Lanarkshire Battalion ACF, responsible for the day-to-day operation of eight Detachments.

In 2009 he was promoted to his current role as Battalion Cadet Stores Assistant where he supports the Quartermaster in the administration of the Battalion’s 129 Adults and 632 Cadets.

Lt Roberton has previously been awarded the General Service Medal for Northern Ireland and his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

WO Deryck Carruthers, RAF Air Cadets

Warrant Officer Deryck Carruthers – 1089 (7th Glasgow) Squadron, RAF Air Cadets

Warrant Officer Carruthers became an Adult Warrant Officer in 2001, following eight years as an RAF Air Cadet and attendance at the Warrant Officer course at RAF College Cranwell where he was awarded Top Student on the cadre.

WO Carruthers has supported three RAF Air Cadet Squadrons – 1089 (7th Glasgow), 2319 (Vale of Leven) and 122 (5th Glasgow) – and returned to 1089 (7th Glasgow) in 2011. In each of these units he undertook the role of the senior non-commissioned officer instilling a high level of drill and self-discipline in the cadets and staff

WO Carruthers instructs RAF Air Cadets on aviation and progressive leadership training, and facilitated employer visits to organisations including Rolls Royce, the Police Scotland College at Jackton, and Glasgow Airport

He has previously been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Cadet Forces Medal.

WO Carruthers is employed by Police Scotland.

Sergeant Major Raymond Bell – Glasgow & Lanarkshire Battalion, Army Cadet Force

Sergeant Major Bell joined the Army Cadet Force in 2002 as a member of the Professional Support Staff whilst still serving as a member of the Army Reserves.

Having been an Army Cadet himself, he joined the 52 Lowland Volunteers (antecedent regiment to 6SCOTS) in 1972 and saw active duty in Estonia, Cyprus, Germany, France and Belgium during his 33 year career as an Army Reservist.

Sgt Maj Bell assumed the Role of a Cadet Administration Assistant within Glasgow & Lanarkshire Battalion Army Cadet Force. He is responsible for the day to day running and maintenance of eight Army Cadet Detachments and is also responsible for the Battalion’s ammunition.

Sgt Maj Bell was also the Chairman of the UK Reserve Forces Association from 1990 – 2005 where he was responsible for co-coordinating NATO exercises in the UK and liaising between participating nations. He also acted as the main point of contact for some NATO exercises held outside the UK, which had a UK participation.  

He has previously been awarded the Territorial Efficiency Medal with two additional bars, and has also been awarded the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal, the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and the Cadet Forces Medal.



Warrant Officer Class 2 Thomas Malcolm – Glasgow & Strathclyde Universities’ Officers’ Training Corps

Warrant Officer Class 2 Malcolm joined Glasgow & Strathclyde Universities’ Officers’ Training Corps in 1998, following 22 years’ exemplary service with the Royal Logistic Corps.

WO2 Malcolm’s time served is enormously impressive in itself but the value that he has added, in the role of Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant, to the Corps, the Army, to Glasgow and to wider society is immeasurable. WO2 Malcolm is the epitome of an Army Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, with peerless selfless commitment and loyalty to the Corps, its staff and the Officer Cadets.

WO2 Malcolm has devoted 20 years of steadfast voluntary service to GSUOTC as the Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant providing invaluable logistic and administrative support. His knowledge, skills and experience within the Corps are second to none.

An outstanding role model, WO2 Malcolm has always led from the front. He is a very effective mentor, educating and developing young officers, soldiers and Officer Cadets from within the Corps and local units. He has an intuitive understanding of subordinate development, taking every opportunity to help others in understanding their roles, as well as his own. He has assisted in developing the leadership skills and characters of hundreds of Army officers and literally thousands of Glasgow graduates.

WO2 Malcolm has served in the UK, Cyprus, Belize, Germany, Canada and Gibraltar and has deployed on operations to Northern Ireland and the Gulf. He has been awarded the General Service Medal with Northern Ireland clasp, the First Gulf War Medal with clasp, the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, the Volunteer Reserve Service medal and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

Sergeant Scott Cunningham – 105 Regiment Royal Artillery, Army Reserve (in absentia)

Sergeant Cunningham joined 207 (City of Glasgow) Battery, Royal Regiment of Artillery in August 1991. He served initially within the Battery as an Air Defence Gunner, rising to the rank of Bombardier and manning various types of missile systems.

Since the Battery re-rolled to a close support Gun Battery in 2007 he has served in various roles on the gun line, promoting to Sergeant and to the position of Gun Detachment Commander. He is also now the Troop Sergeant Major for D Troop where he is responsible for troop administration, leadership and mentoring of soldiers and deputises for the Troop Commander.

He has recently delivered several gun courses where 100% of his students have qualified as gun crews in challenging and demanding environments.

For his service he has previously been awarded the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal (plus two clasps).

In his civilian life Sgt Cunningham is an engineer for a specialist engineering fabricator.

He is currently mobilised on active service in the Falkland Islands and was unable to attend the Lord Lieutenant’s Awards in person.

Sergeant Ross Milvenan – HMS Dalriada, Royal Marines Reserves

Royal Marines Reserve Sgt Ross Milvenan

Sergeant Milvenan joined the Royal Marines Reserves in 1996. He passed Commando training in 1999 and immediately deployed with 105 Regiment Royal Artillery to Benbecula, South Uist. On completion of this, he deployed with 40 Commando Royal Marines for a three-month tour on Exercise Argonaut on-board HMS Ocean, conducting amphibious operations exercises in Spain, Italy and France.

In 2000 Sgt Milvenan joined the Field Training Staff at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines. He became a Regular Royal Marine a year later and was drafted to 45 Commando RM. During the following three years Sgt Milvenan deployed on numerous overseas exercises, including in 2002 deploying on a four-month operational tour conducting clearance and reassurance patrols in the mountainous region of Northern Afghanistan.

Upon completion of his short service career he returned to the Royal Marines Reserves in 2003, gaining an excellent pass at Junior Command Course and joined Recruit Company, organising and facilitating training of new recruits, and in 2012 he successfully passed his Senior Command Course.

In 2016 Sgt Milvenan deployed on the UK-US exchange with the United States Marine Corp (USMC), where he conducted extremely demanding high-altitude training at the USMC Mountain Warfare Training Centre, Bridgeport, California.

Sgt Milvenan has previously been awarded the Afghanistan Operational Service Medal, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal.

In his civilian career he is a solicitor specialising in employment law.

Leading Hand Brian Cartlidge – HMS Dalriada, Royal Naval Reserve

Leading Hand Cartlidge joined the Royal Naval Reserve in 2001. Since then he has established himself as a key member of Govan-based HMS Dalriada ship’s company, whose professional knowledge, leadership skills and wholehearted commitment have been instrumental in motivating and guiding junior members.

A highly-regarded member of the War (Sea) branch team which protects ships against terrorist or other threats both in harbour and at sea, LH Cartlidge undertakes a number of important functions, including liaison with the Regional Branch Coordinator on issues relating to training and manpower allocation. He enthusiastically contributes to the improvement and success of training delivery across the Scotland and Northern Ireland Region, assisting with the organisation of training exercises, providing the administrative support and delivering practical planning.

In 2009 he deployed to the Middle East for six months in a Ship Protection role for mine countermeasures vessels and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships. During the past two years LS Cartlidge has added training new recruits and management of the armoury to his area of responsibility.

LH Cartlidge has previously been awarded the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal, the Iraq Medal, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and Good Conduct Badges.



Army Cadet Sgt Billy Reid and RAF Air Cadet Sgt Ross Bovill receive their Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet Badges from the Lord Provost

Cadet Sergeant Billy Reid – E Platoon (RHF), Army Cadet Force

Cadet Sergeant Reid has been a member of E Platoon (Beardmore) Detachment in Shettleston since 2013. He has worked his way up the ranks and earlier this year he attended the Army Cadet National Training Centre at Frimley Park to achieve his Master Cadet qualification – the highest achievement in the Army Cadet Force. As a Cadet Sergeant he instructs Cadets on Army Proficiency Certificate syllabus and provides leadership and mentoring support to junior Cadets.

Cadet Sgt Reid has presented Glasgow & Lanarkshire Battalion and Scotland in swimming, athletics and cross-country, and represented the Battalion on an exchange trip to Canada. He was a member of the team from Glasgow & Lanarkshire which recently won the 51 Brigade Military Skills competition.

He holds a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and an employer-recognised First Aid at Work certificate.

Cadet Sergeant Ross Bovill – 122 (5th Glasgow) Squadron, RAF Air Cadets

Cadet Sergeant Bovill joined 122 (5th Glasgow) Squadron of the RAF Air Cadets in Maryhill in January 2017, was promoted to Sergeant in March 2018 and gained his Master Air Cadet qualification in May 2018.

Cadet Sgt Bovill attended the Air Cadet Leadership course at RAF College Cranwell, and uses his leadership skills and experience to mentor younger members of the Squadron.

Cadet Sgt Bovill has completed the RAF Air Cadet’s First Aid syllabus, gained his Blue Gliding Wings, a BTEC Level 2 in Aviation Studies a, a Level 3 Leadership Award from the Institute of Leadership and Management. He is currently working towards his Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and is training to obtain his Private Pilot’s Licence.



Lieutenant Commander Heather Ferrie is based at HMS Dalriada in Govan

Lieutenant Commander Heather Ferrie – HMS Dalriada, Royal Naval Reserve

Lieutenant Commander Ferrie enlisted in the Royal Naval Reserve with Govan-based HMS Dalriada in 2003.  An Arabic language specialist she was deployed on an operational tour of Iraq in 2009 and was commissioned in 2009. She was again mobilised for active duty in the Gulf, this time as an Intelligence Officer.

In 2015 she took up a three-year appointment as the Executive Officer of HMS Dalriada and was promoted to Lieutenant Commander at the conclusion of that tour. 

In her civilian career Lt Cdr Ferrie is a civil servant at the Department for International Development in East Kilbride.

She has previously been awarded the Iraq Medal, the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

For 15 years committed service to the Maritime Reserves, Lt Cdr Ferrie is awarded the first clasp to the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal.


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