On Saturday, 29th December 2018 the New Year’s Honours list for 2019 was published in the London Gazette recognising the outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom. It announced ‘THE QUEEN has been graciously pleased to approve the award of The Queen’s Fire Service Medal for Distinguished service to Mr Thomas Clive Johnson, Lately, Watch Manager, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.’
When asked about the honour, Clive said, “I feel very proud and privileged to have received such an award and very proud and privileged to have served the Westmorland community, particularly, my home village of Staveley”.
Worshipful Brother Johnson joined the Westmorland Fire Service as a Retained Firefighter in 1968 and was based at Staveley where he lives. In 1974 the Fire Services of the region amalgamated and then became the Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service. Clive continued his service at Staveley until he retired on 31st May 2018, having achieved the high rank of Station Watch Manager. To mark his retirement having completed 50 years of exemplary service, he and his wife Julie were invited to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Her Majesty.
Worshipful Brother T. Clive Johnson PProvSGD was initiated into Eversley Lodge No 4228 in 2001 and became Master of the Lodge in 2008. In 2016 he received Provincial Honours and the Provincial Grand Master was pleased to appoint him to the Acting Rank of Provincial Senior Grand Deacon. He is currently the Immediate Past First Principal of Brigantes Chapter No 9734.
W/Bro Brian S Ferrington PPrGSwdB
SWG Communications Officer