A ROYAL Marine, who grew up in Pembrokeshire, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours.

Warrant Officer Jim Morris was recognised for his work with Hasler Company in HM Naval Base, Plymouth, a unit co-ordinating the needs of sailors, Royal Marines, soldiers and airmen recovering from combat and non-combat injuries and illnesses.

Jim grew up on Yet Goch Farm in Hebron, and was a pupil at Ysgol y Preseli School in Crymych. He was also a keen amateur boxer in Narberth, and won a Welsh vest in the junior ranks.

After leaving Pembrokeshire he went on to become a Royal Marines Mountain Leader specialist, and served with 3 Commando Brigade including 40 Commando, 42 Commando, the Brigade patrol Troop he has served in the Falklands, Iraq and Northern Ireland.

Jim is married to Debbie and has two sons, one of whom is also a serving Royal Marine in Plymouth and a foster son.

Speaking of his MBE, he said: “It has been a massive surprise being awarded the MBE. But it is really for the team here. The staff put a lot of time and effort into making things work for the lads.

"I am very proud to work at Hasler Company and of what we all achieve. The most rewarding is when you see the lads and lasses who come through their horrific injuries, and long-term illnesses.

"They are an inspiration and motivational to all who see the way they progress physically and mentally.

"There are many low times, but the highs more than make up for those darker periods and it makes our work all worthwhile to see them coming in here with a huge smile having achieved fantastic things, like paralympic sports and getting employment.

"It’s really uplifting to be part of that process.’’

Jim’s mum Mary Morris, who still lives locally in Llanddewi Velfrey, said: “I’m so proud of Jim. He’s always been dedicated to everything he does.”