29 Jun 15

Hartlepool security guard finally gets medal

HARTLEPOOL power station’s security guard John Davis has finally been given a medal to mark his army service in the Falklands – more than 30 years after the war ended.

John, from Hartlepool, arrived in the islands aged just 18 a few days after the ceasefire was signed. He was part of the Pioneer Corps who were supporting the Royal Engineers in clearing the island after the war.

 He had the grim task of collecting the bodies of Argentine soldiers which were then repatriated, the dangerous job of spotting mines and booby traps and also gathering armaments left by the retreating Argentine army.

 As he arrived in August 1982, after the war had officially ended, John didn’t get a service medal for the campaign, but a recent change of heart by the MOD has seen a medal given to those serving on the islands up to Christmas 1982.

 He said: “I am very proud to receive the South Atlantic medal and it has now been mounted alongside my medal from Northern Ireland.

 “There is now recognition that although the war was over, there was still some very dangerous work to complete in making the islands safe for those who lived there.

 “Although as an 18-year-old it didn’t seem dangerous it was just what we signed up for. And at the end of each day we got to blow up all the guns and ammunition we had found.”

 John left the army in 1988 – after two more tours of the Falklands - and had a series of security jobs before joining Hartlepool power station’s security team in 2002.

 He is hoping to return to the Falklands, but this time armed with a camera to capture some of the area’s wildlife.

 “I have developed a real interest in photography over the years and have recently opened a shop in Hartlepool as well.

 “So it would be good to go back in the future to get some pictures of the wildlife and landscape.”

EDF Energy in the North East

In the North East EDF Energy operates Hartlepool power station which employs over 550 staff and 200 contracting partners and a customer service centre in Doxford, Sunderland which employs 1,750 people. The area also has Teesside offshore wind farm and a number of onshore wind farms. As well as generating enough power to serve some 2.5million homes in this region the company also provides gas and electricity to over 130,000 customers with 30% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Morrisons and University of Durham, right here in the North East. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.