Veteran Roy Miskelly honoured for helping others

Roy Miskelly
Roy Miskelly

A veteran has been honoured for his work keeping ex-servicemen in touch with the people and armed force they served in.

Roy Miskelly, 64, of Wood View, Bourne, was presented with the Commandant General’s Commendation for services to the Corps and the Lincolnshire branch of the RAF Regiment Association, which he is actively involved in.

Mr Miskelly, who now works in care with adults with learning disabilities, said: “It was a bit of a surprise, I had no idea I had been nominated because it is done in private.

“There are probably plenty of others who deserve it and who do more but it was very nice.”

The presentation was made at the AGM of the RAF Regiment Association at Cambridge on Saturday.

Mr Miskelly has been associated with the Lincolnshire branch for 20 years serving as newsletter editor then secretary and as chairman for the last five years.

Mr Miskelly still produces the newsletter, which comes out four times a year. He believes that it is his work keeping members in touch through the newsletter which earned his nomination.

Last year Mr Miskelly represented the Corps at the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete, after which the Regiment was formed in 1942. While there he laid a wreath along with other members of the Armed Forces and dignitaries.

Mr Miskelly served with the regiment from 1966-1975; in Cyprus, Hong Kong, British Honduras, Antigua and finally with the Queens Colour Squadron of the RAF on ceremonial duties, rising to the rank of Corporal.

The Linconcolnshire branch meets at RAF Waddington on the third Sunday of the month and try to provide a programme of events to keep veterans in touch with each other

The Lincolnshire branch of the RAF Regiment Association is one of the biggest in the country with more 100 members however the group is always looking to recruit new members.

Anyone interested in joining should call Mr Miskelly on 07882153116.