Jim tells of his pride after being awarded his second Lord Lieutenant’s certificate

Left to right, Lord Lieutenant of Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale, Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew, mother Marie alongside her son Sergeant Jim Lawrie, and Major Jules McElhinney.
Left to right, Lord Lieutenant of Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale, Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew, mother Marie alongside her son Sergeant Jim Lawrie, and Major Jules McElhinney.
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A KELSO soldier has been honoured with his second Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate, writes Kenny Paterson.

Sergeant Jim Lawrie, of the Territorial Army’s Galashiels detachment, picked up the title from Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew, Lord Lieutenant of Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale.

Sgt Lawrie told TheSouthern: “I am very proud to receive this award and proud to serve with the TA.”

Sgt Lawrie enlisted into the Army in 1988 and on completion of his training joined the King’s Own Scottish Borderers in 1989.

During his time as a regular soldier, he completed several tours in Northern Ireland and was deployed to the Gulf War in 1991.

He joined the TA in January 1996 and takes a full and active part in all company and battalion events, including a lead role in raising more than £2,500 for Hearts and Balls and Poppy Scotland in the 29-mile cross-county event in May 2011.

“He is totally reliable and through his dedication and commitment over the years sets an excellent example of a Territorial Army SNCO,” said a TA spokesman.

Sgt Lawrie, along with other TA members, are to be deployed to Afghanistan with their full-time counterparts later this year.