12 June 2018
The first Colonel Cadets for Headquarters South West has been appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Colonel David Carson, who started his military career as a Reservist in 1980, has worked as part of both the ACF and the CCF for over 20 years and is one of 111 defence personnel to have been granted state honours for their work in the military this year.
“I am incredibly proud to have been honoured,” said Col Carson. “I hope it will be regarded as wider recognition for the hundreds of inspirational Cadet Force Adult Volunteers who give up so much of their time selflessly to make the ACF and CCF the outstanding youth organisations that they are.”
Col Carson first became involved with the CCF in 1997 while working as the Estates Bursar at Abingdon School where he volunteered to reform the disbanded Army Section of the CCF, becoming its first Officer Commanding. Following this until 2008, he served as a member of the Assisting Directing Staff (ADS) of the Cadet Training Centre, Frimley Park where he instructed on the CCF Basic Course and the CCF Advanced/ KG VI Course.
In September 2010, Col Carson was appointed Colonel Commandant of Oxfordshire ACF, service for just over three years until January 2014, when he was appointed as the first Colonel Cadets for 43 Wessex Brigade. He has continued in the same role initially for 1 Artillery Brigade and now for Headquarters South West.
In civilian life he is the Estates Director for Wishford Schools group in Corsham, Wiltshire, where he is responsible for the maintenance of the buildings and grounds, and capital building projects in the Group’s eight schools.
He is also a military historian and is the Chairman of the Wiltshire Historical Military Society, Honorary Curator of The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry historic Property Collection, and former Trustee of the Wiltshire Museum. He has also worked as an historical Military Advisor for the Film and Television industry.
ACFA CEO Murdo Urquhart added, “Colonel Carson is one of a rare band who is equally deserving for his work in both the ACF and the CCF.”
The Queen’s Birthday Honours list marks the Queen’s official birthday by recognising the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the UK. Honours have been awarded on the sovereign’s birthday since at least 1860, during the reign of Queen Victoria.