Two servicemen honoured on Armed Forces Day

Beris Brickles, of sponsors Sills and Betteridge, Capt Ken McIntosh, George Reid, chairman of the Boston branch of the Royal British Legion and Sgt Mark Schweikhardt.
Beris Brickles, of sponsors Sills and Betteridge, Capt Ken McIntosh, George Reid, chairman of the Boston branch of the Royal British Legion and Sgt Mark Schweikhardt.

TWO Boston-area servicemen were awarded for their bravery and deidication as part of Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

Capt Ken McIntosh, from Kirton, was awarded Boston Armed Forces Hero.

Capt McIntosh has served in the Army for 23 years. Joining as a private, he was awarded 11 campaign medals, serving in many countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo.

During the presentation of the award, by sponsors Sills and Betteridge, Capt McIntosh was commended for ‘working tirelessly in support of forces charities’, for being part of a record fundraising military team which completed five ultra-marathons, and for his ‘hard work in cleaning war grave headstones in Kirton’, among other things.

The second award of the day was the Boston Armed Forces Family Hero, presented to dedicated family man Sgt Mark Schweikhardt for his 20 years’ service with the RAF. It was sponsored by the Boston branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL).

Mark, who grew up in Boston, but now lives in Gainsborough, recently completed his third tour of Afghanistan and is currently on secondment to the Army, training them to use the kit they will be issued with for Afghanistan.

The award included tickets to Boston Bowl for Mark to take his family, wife Nicola and sons Jake and Ben.

Nicola told The Standard: “We are so proud of him, so it’s really nice he has been recognised with this award.”