Burnley airman awarded Queen’s Gallantry Medal

Daniel Allanson
Daniel Allanson

A former Burnley student who joined the RAF in 2004 has been awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.

RAF Sergeant Daniel Martin Allanson was given the honour for his part in a rescue near the Falkland Islands.

He was one of 117 service personnel to be named in the latest Operational Honours and Awards List.

Sgt Allanson, who attended St Theodore’s RC High School , was part of a four-man Search and Rescue team called to rescue a fisherman lost overboard from the vessel FV Venturer 60 miles north-east of East Falkland on Monday, July 28th.

The search took place at night and with the team facing arduous conditions including 45ft. high waves, torrential rain and 55mph winds, it was looking unlikely they would find the man.

However, the crew defied the odds by combining their radar, a reported sighting of a man in the water and an estimation of where the ocean drift would have carried him.

During a second sweep of the area, he was located in the water using the aircraft’s searchlight.

The Queen’s Gallantry Medal is the third level civil decoration in the United Kingdom.

It is awarded for “exemplary acts of bravery”.

Following acts of gallantry or meritorious service, recommendations for honours and awards are made by commanding officers.

In 2006, at the age of 25, Sgt Allanson was awarded a graduation certificate and a special prize, the Crewman Trophy, after completing his military helicopter training at a Royal Air Force Base.

The sportsman, who studied biology at Leeds University, has undertaken adventure training in Spain and Greece.