AT THE age of just 30, an Isle of Wight soldier has received the MBE.
Bombadier Alexander Buchanan, who was honoured in the New Year’s list, went to Windsor Castle to receive the MBE from the Queen.
His mother, Wendy Aldous, from Newport, was among those at Windsor earlier this month for the ceremony.
She said: "Alex was a student at Medina High School and then Ryde High. After leaving school, he just came home one day to say he had signed up to join the army — it wasn’t something he had always had a burning ambition to do but he has done so well.
"We were already really proud he was promoted to sergeant in the Royal Artillery but, of course, even more proud now he has been made MBE. It was a very emotional day."
Sgt Buchanan was one of 140 uniformed service personnel to be honoured in the New Year list.
His honour was recognition of his contribution to the Royal Artillery.