October 30, 2020

Hero Marine thought pals were pranking him when he heard he was being made an MBE

Hero Marine thought pals were pranking him when he heard he was being made an MBE

A HERO Marine thought pals were pranking him when he heard he was being made an MBE.

Triple amputee Mark Ormrod, 37, was told last week — ten years after giving his wheelchair “to someone who needed it”.

Married Dad of three Mark was blown up by a landmine in Afghanistan on Christmas Eve 2007

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Married Dad of three Mark was blown up by a landmine in Afghanistan on Christmas Eve 2007Credit: Paul Edwards – The Sun

Mark, of Plymouth, said: “When the letter came to tell me about my MBE I honestly thought it was a prank.

“Coming from a military background I know the lads will go to extraordinary lengths for a bit of banter. It was just surreal as I had no warning it might happen.

“I looked again at the envelope and letter head and I finally worked out that no-one could go to such lengths to play a joke on me.

“When I finally realised it was legit we were all over the moon as a family.

“My feeling is one of immense gratitude. You don’t work with a charity for recognition. You do it because you are passionate about it.

“And in a selfish way it makes you feel good by doing some good – and that is the reward.”

The married dad of three, blown up in Afghanistan in 2007, celebrated with a Texas BBQ pizza. He is in advanced talks over a Hollywood film of his life.

Mark said: “We told the kids daddy’s going to get a medal from The Queen. They can’t wait.”

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Mark competes in the indoor rowing competition during the Invictus Games 2017Credit: Getty Images – Getty
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Mark attended Prince Harry and Meghan’s 2018 weddingCredit: Rex Features
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