Pictured: Medals awarded to York military medics who fought Ebola in West Africa

Colonel Neil Smith, Commander Medical Group, 203 Field Hospital presents soldiers from 34 Medical Group with their medals for their assistance in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. Photographs: Corporal Luisa Scott
4 Dec 2015 @ 9.21 am
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Colonel Neil Smith, Commander Medical Group, 203 Field Hospital presents soldiers from 34 Medical Group with their medals for their assistance in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. Photographs: Corporal Luisa Scott
Colonel Neil Smith, Commander Medical Group, 203 Field Hospital presents soldiers from 34 Medical Group with their medals for their assistance in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. Photographs: Corporal Luisa Scott

The operation was described as “the most dangerous thing the Army Medical Services has engaged in since the Korean War”.

Military medics from York went to Sierra Leone to treat people struck down by the deadly Ebola virus.

And on Thursday (December 3) the soldiers were awarded medals to honour their bravery and dedication.

Soldiers from 34 Field Hospital along with soldiers from the Irish Defence Force on parade to receive thier medals
Soldiers from 34 Field Hospital along with soldiers from the Irish Defence Force on parade to receive thier medals
Sergeant Julie Jones, RAF, receives her medal from director general of the Army Medical Services, Major General Jeremy Rowan
Sergeant Julie Jones, RAF, receives her medal from director general of the Army Medical Services, Major General Jeremy Rowan

Fifty Army and Royal Air Force medical staff from 34 Field Hospital marched onto parade in front of crowds of families and friends at the presentation held at Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall.

They received the cross-Government Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa for the three-month operational tour in Sierra Leone.

They were part of a team of 100 Regulars and Reserves from all three services which treated those who cared for Ebola patients and later contracted the disease themselves.

Vice Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire Peter Scrope presents Squadron Leader Matthew Adam with his medal
Vice Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire Peter Scrope presents Squadron Leader Matthew Adam with his medal
The band plays for the heroes
The band plays for the heroes

The medals were presented by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Peter Scrope and the director general of the Army Medical Services, Major General Jeremy Rowan – his last engagement before leaving the Army.

Another group of military medics are honoured
Another group of military medics are honoured

Major General Rowan told the soldiers:

It is just about a year since I gave Op Herrick medals (Afghanistan) to this regiment and here you are back on parade, having done a completely different mission.

An enormous challenge, I say probably the most dangerous thing the Army Medical Services has engaged in since the Korean War.

Not only did you achieve on Operation Herrick the best poly trauma results in the world, you then went on to Sierra Leone and delivered better results than anyone else has achieved to date in the treatment of haemorrhagic viral fevers.

Quite extraordinary, very brave, very dedicated and I commend and thank you for it.