The son of a former Rothesay resident was made a CBE in the recent Queen’s Birthday honours list.
Major General Ewan Blythe Carmichael MBE, son of Blythe Carmichael, who attended Rothesay Academy, is director general of the Army Medical Services, and honorary dental surgeon to the Queen.
The award for Major General Carmichael - whose father is a cousin of island resident Nancy Smith - adds to a number of other accolades he has received over the years, including the Gulf Medal (the campaign medal for Operation Granby), the Iraq Medal (the campaign medal for Operation Telic), and Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1991.
News has also reached us of another former island resident who died recently on the Isle of Wight.
Lieutenant General Sir William Cameron Moffat KBE FRCS, was a retired British Army officer and doctor.
He served as director general of the Army Medical Services from 1984 to 1987, and as surgeon general from 1985 to 1987. He later served as chief medical adviser to the British Red Cross.
Sir William, who was born in 1929, was evacuated to Bute during the Second World War, and spent a number of years on the island.
Sir William was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1976 Queen’s Birthday honours. He was appointed honorary surgeon to the Queen (QHS) on November 30, 1983, and in the 1985 New Year honours he was promoted to Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE).
In April 1985, Sir William was made a Commander of the Order of St John (CStJ).