British Empire Medal presentation to Northampton man follows family’s footsteps

Picture: Paul Brown
Picture: Paul Brown

A Northampton man has followed in the footsteps of his father by being presented with the British Empire Medal.

Norman Brown, of Fullingdale Road, was awarded with the medal in a ceremony carried out by the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, Mr David Laing.

Picture: Paul Brown

Picture: Paul Brown

He was awarded the medal in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to 23 Pioneer Regiment Royal Logistic Corps. It was announced in the latest Defence Review that the Regiment was to be disband and the trade of ‘Pioneer’ would cease, the Regiment finally disbanded on September 26, 2014.

His father, Lawrence, was awarded the BEM for bravery in Italy during the Second World War and his late brother, Kenneth, was awarded the MBE for arranging reciprocal health arrangements for new countries joining the EEC.

Norman is currently the Controller of the Royal Pioneer Corps Association which is based at Bicester, Oxfordshire. Northampton was the home of the Royal Pioneer Corps from 1961 to 1993 when they were stationed at Simpson Barracks, now part of Simpson Grange. The Royal Pioneer Corps merged with 4 other Corps’ to form the Royal Logistic Corps in 1993. Norman served 25 years in the Corps many of them at Simpson Barracks.