A volunteer from Stanmore has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.
Jewish honouree Alan Levine retired from his role as chairman of the welfare division of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (AJEX) after 15 years with the charity. He received the award for voluntary service to Ex-Service Personnel.
Alan was one of 19 people who were awarded in the civilian division of the honour. Including Anne Abel for her voluntary services to First Aid Training in London for St John Ambulance and Commander Michael Goldthorpe, chief executive at Royal Navy Officers’ Charity and Association of Royal Navy Officers, was honoured for his services to Naval Personnel.
The medal is aimed at awarding people for their ‘hands on’ service which has made a significant difference to the local community.
The AJEX is a charity dedicated to helping ex Jewish military personnel and the remembrance of Jewish men and women who died while serving with the armed forces.
Every year since 1930, AJEX has held a parade and ceremony at the cenotaph in Whitehall. They also travel nationally and abroad to participate in commemoration services and created and continue to maintain the Jewish national war memorial (the only one in Europe) at the national arboretum in Staffordshire.