Meritorious Medal for Stornoway soldier

Captain Ali Mackenzie. SGD24015
Captain Ali Mackenzie. SGD24015

Captain Ali Mackenzie (pictured above) has spoken of his pride after being recognised in the recent Queen’s Honours List with a meritorious service medal.

The Stornoway-born man was back on home soil this week as part of a recruitment drive with the Royal Scots Guard, who also played with the Lewis Pipe Band during their visit.

He said: “It is a great honour to be in the Queen’s birthday honours and receive the meritorious service medal. I’ve been doing this 24-years now but I’m well chuffed. “All I’ve ever done is give 100 per cent in everything I do and you never go looking for these types of things but it is a great pat on the back for a boy from Stornoway.

“It is a huge honour to be back home in Stornoway and to be here with the recruiting team and also with our pipes and drums which has been a great success over the weekend.

“A couple of boys have also shown an interest in the Forces too but it is always good to come back as I don’t get home as much as I’d like to.”