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Greenock Reservists Receive Top Commendations

Chief Petty Officer George McLeary receives the Meritorious Service Certificate from the Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire Guy Clark
Leading Seaman Ruth Parker receives the Meritorious Service Certificate from the Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire Guy Clark

Two Royal Naval Reservists (RNR) from Greenock have been awarded a personal commendation from the Queen’s representative in Renfrewshire.

Chief Petty Officer George McLeary and Leading Hand Ruth Parker both received Certificates of Meritorious Service from the Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, during a ceremony at the Royal Naval Reserve’s HMS Dalriada in Greenock on Wednesday, 27 August 2008.

Mr Clark presented the certificates in recognition of George and Ruth’s contribution over the years to the RNR – a body of some 2,500 men and women who put their civilian skills to use to support the Royal Navy.

George, 53, joined the RNR in 1978, and his career has taken him all over the world, from France to Canada and the USA. He is currently HMS Dalriada’s Unit Coxswain and recruiting officer and combines these duties with his civilian job as a custody officer for Strathclyde Police.
He lives in Renton Road, Greenock, with his wife Marie and has two children, Colin (29) and Michelle (24).

Ruth (40), a former Greenock Academy pupil, has served with the RNR’s Maritime Trade Organisation branch for 14 years and is a senior clerical assistant with Inverclyde Council. 

Reservists like George and Ruth combine busy ‘day’ jobs with being part-time members of the UK’s armed forces. They volunteer considerable amounts of their own time, away from their families as well as their regular employment, attending weekly evening training sessions and between four and six weekends of instruction and practice and a minimum 12 days extended specialist training each year.

On learning of his award, George said: “It’s a real honour to be recognised and singled out by my peers for this award. It has definitely been one of the highlights of my naval career so far.” 

Ruth added: “For me the RNR is not just a hobby but something that I believe deeply in and am committed to.

“There are over 3000 Royal Naval and Royal Marine Reservists throughout the UK so I feel privileged to be counted among their numbers. The Reservist organisations enable the British Armed Forces to extend their reach worldwide in their efforts to promote maritime security, and I want to contribute to that effort as much as I can.”