Honour for St John volunteer
A DEDICATED St John Ambulance volunteer has been honoured at a prestigious ceremony in London.
Martin Warnes, from Ashford, a member of St John Ambulance London (Prince of Wales’s) District was invested as a member of the Order of St John at a special ceremony held in the historic Grand Priory Church in Clerkenwell earlier this month.
The Order of St John is a Royal Order of Chivalry and each investiture is approved by Her Majesty the Queen, its Sovereign Head.
The honour of becoming a member of the Order is only granted to those who have shown exceptional service to its key foundations – one of which is St John Ambulance, the leading first aid organisation.
Mr Warnes has been a volunteer for St John Ambulance for 22 years. He was admitted to the Order as Serving Brother and presented with the Order’s insignia by the Prior of the Priory of England and the Islands, Sir Brian Jenkins.
He joined the organisation when he was 18, wanting to give something back to his local community.
He is currently a Staff Officer at London District’s headquarters with responsibility for medical logistics.
Mr Warnes said his most memorable duty was the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.
His daytime job is working for the Metropolitan Police as a Response Team Constable. He is married to Melanie and has two young daughters.
He said: “I am so pleased and proud to be invested into the Order. I never expected to receive such an honour, but it makes me all the more determined to continue supporting my community as much as I can.”
Martin Warnes with his St John award