Exmouth soldier receives medal from Prince Philip

PUBLISHED: 14:59 18 May 2012

Lance Corporal Joe Robson, 26, receives his Afghanistan medal from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Credit Staff Sergeant Ian Houlding RLC.

Lance Corporal Joe Robson, 26, receives his Afghanistan medal from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Credit Staff Sergeant Ian Houlding RLC.

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An Exmouth soldier has received his campaign medal from the Duke of Edinburgh following a six-month tour of Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Joe Robson, 26, was deployed to Afghanistan with 3 Close Support Battalion of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, to help them provide technical and engineering expertise in support of the NATO-led mission.

The Duke, who is the Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, presented medals to Joe and his colleagues at Barker Barracks in Germany, before meeting personnel and their families at a reception.

Joe, a former pupil at Exmouth Community College, said: “We were working in Lashkar Gah where I was part of a small REME group responsible for repairing vehicles.

“We also worked daily with interpreters and members of the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police who were very friendly and wanted to work hard to help their own country.

“It’s really good that His Royal Highness could find the time to come out here and present us with our medals. It was a really proud moment.”

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