Mile End reservist wins top accolade for life-saving work in Afghanistan

A Mile End Reservist Medic Captain Jonathan Paul Nolan whose day job is working as a medical manager for the Olympics has received one of the highest military honours for helping to save the lives of soldiers caught up in the conflict in Afghanistan.

Captain Nolan, who is known as JP, has been awarded with the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) in the most recent Operational Honours and Awards list.

It is one of the most significant awards to be bestowed upon an individual, recognising meritorious service during operations.

The 30-year-old reservist is a member of the capital’s only Field Hospital, 256 (City of London) Field Hospital (Volunteers) and serves with D Squadron, based in Mile End and was the only member of his unit to receive the honour. He is a qualified nurse and a member of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corp and in his civilian life he is a Medical Services Manager with the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

From October last year until this February he worked with a team of 90 at the military hospital in Camp Bastion.


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He worked as an infection control nursing officer and won the award for his dedication to infection prevention and the exceptional treatment of casualties with serious eye injuries.

His Commanding Officer Jerry McBride said: “As ‘JP’s’ Commanding Officer, I and all members of the City of London Field Hospital are immensely proud for him and his family on his QCVS accolade.”

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Captain Nolan said: “I certainly don’t feel I deserve an award more than anyone else that I served with in the Hospital Squadron in Afghanistan. In fact I’m sure that had the team there not been so utterly professional I would not have been able to have such a good tour from a clinical perspective.”

He is likely to receive his award from the Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

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