Malvern based armed forces charity treasurer given MBE - The Malvern Observer

Malvern based armed forces charity treasurer given MBE

Malvern Editorial 18th Jun, 2024   0

A MALVERN man has been appointed a Member of the British Empire following His Majesty The King’s Birthday Honours.

Kevin Ebsworth, formerly of the Royal Navy and now treasurer for the Herefordshire Branch of the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA, was bestowed an MBE for his service to veterans and to charity.

Kevin, who was born in 1956 and lives in Malvern, served in the Royal Navy for some 23 years until 1996, and saw him spend time on many ships and shore establishments. He left as a Chief Petty Officer.

His first posting was to Northern Ireland in 1974 as an 18 year old, and from there he joined HMS Blake for a nine month Far East journey.

He remained far from Lewisham – where he was born – living with his young family for a further two years at HMS Tamar (a stone frigate) in Hong Kong until early 1980.

In 1982, he was part of the original Falklands conflict contingent on HMS Hydra which operated as a hospital ship ferrying casualties from the islands to Montevideo.

Later deployments included HMS Newcastle on Gulf patrol and later off the Kola Peninsula near Murmansk, tracking the Soviet fleet and its submarine activity.

His last ship at sea was the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible. Kevin said: “I wanted the biggest ship as I get really bad sea sickness.

“It was a hard life on ‘Invince’, especially the six months in the Caribbean.”

His final five years in the Navy were spent in the slightly less tropic HMS Daedalus, Lee-on-Solent, where the risk of sea sickness was considerably less.

Kevin then worked as a financial consultant for 12 years, first with Lloyds then four years self-employed before finishing his time with HSBC. He left just after the financial crash of 2008, and has been retired since then.

He began volunteering with SSAFA as a caseworker in 2009. Kevin realised the fact-finding and diligence required would be a good use of the experience he developed in the financial sector.

“It goes without saying I’m very proud to have been awarded an MBE, which was an extremely pleasant surprise. I’m also very proud of being part of the excellent Herefordshire branch team,” added Kevin.

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