A huge congratulations from all at GL RFCA to Captain Victoria Coles of Middlesex & North West London ACF on being appointed as a Member of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem by Her Majesty the Queen, published in the London Gazette this month. Capt Coles is currently the Staff Officer for 21 Coy, Mx&NW London ACF, as well as being the London District ACF/CCF First Aid Advisor.
Victoria joined the ACF as an Adult Volunteer in 2005, and has previously worked for GL RFCA in the Employer Engagement department. She was the Sector’s First Aid Officer for many years, but at the start of her ACF career she was a hugely successful Detachment Commander in Brentford.
We asked Victoria how she felt when she recieved the news of her royal recognition: "I am both honoured and humbled by this recognition. I very much enjoyed qualifying as a first aid instructor through the Army Cadets and being able to pass on this important life skill to both cadets and adults over the years along side many other dedicated first aid trainers in London District."
The Order of St John is a royal order of chivalry that dates back to 1888 and recognises the work of individuals for voluntary service with organisations established by the Order, such as St John’s Ambulance. The Order’s twin motto is “Pro Fide and Pro Utilitate Hominum” which translates as “For The Faith and in the Service of Humanity”.