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Kendrew Barracks soldier who designed coronavirus testing training for the military recognised with MBE in Queen's birthday honours list

A soldier who demonstrated strong leadership of a four-man team which designed and delivered vital coronavirus testing training for the military has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Corporal David Hemmings, 32, was part of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment team from Kendrew Barracks in Rutland that trained fellow Armed Forces personnel how to safely collect swabs before they were sent for processing.

He said: “I was in utter shock when I was told I was to receive the MBE. When I saw on the news how many people had been tested at the mobile testing sites run by the military, I was really proud because I’d helped achieve that, but I never expected to receive an award. I’m not sure I deserve it.Nothing we do in the Army is done by one individual it’s always a team effort.”

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