Peter McCarrick, 45 from Billingham was awarded ‘The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of his exceptional performance as the Assistant Defence Attaché, Kuwait by Prince Charles on 27 June 2014 at Buckingham Palace.
Peter who was educated at St Michael’s before joining the Royal Navy in 1987, played a vital role in building strong relationships with one of the most important partners in the region, in particular when he stepped-up to take on the vital functions of the Defence Attaché for a prolonged period based in Kuwait. The MBE recognised Peter as
‘a first class representative of the Royal Navy and United Kingdom for his selfless commitment and tireless dedication to the finest traditions of the Service’.
There was a huge family celebration as 22 members of Peter’s family travelled to London to witness the presentation, including wife Heather and daughters Toni Marie and Shannon.
Mum Mary also had further cause for celebration as all the family stayed for her 65th birthday the following day, she said ‘I couldn’t be more proud of Peter; my heart was simply bursting with pride. To see your son receive one of the highest awards in the land from Prince Charles was the best present anyone could have’.
Believe we have to agree with you Mary, your boy has made us all proud and in this centenary year of WW1, it’s a timely reminder of those members of HM Forces in service for their country. Well done Peter your country is proud of you.