28 October 2014
Major David Williams was honoured 21 October by the Order of St John with the presentation of the insignia of Officer of the Order of St John. The presentation was made by the Prior of the Order on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen at an Investiture in the Order’s historic 12th century Priory Church in London’s Clerkenwell.
David Williams completed National Service as a 2Lt in Cyprus. He then joined the Territorial Army 562 Para Company RASC but after qualifying as a dentist he became the oral surgeon in I44 Parachute Field Ambulance from 1966 to 1970. Major Williams joined the Army Cadet Force in 1997.
As County Medical Officer he quickly became involved in first aid training and assessing of cadets and adult staff particularly in guiding and supporting adult instructors. Dr Williams was approved as a St John Ambulance assessor in 1999 and in 2001 became involved in supporting national ACF training at the Cadet Training Centre Frimley Park in Surrey. It is invaluable for the national training centre to have the support of such a distinguished and knowledgeable medical officer to give credibility and guidance to the training that is cascaded across the United Kingdom.