A soldier from Chorley who masterminded a major communications project in Afghanistan has been awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service.

Staff Sergeant Clint Sherratt, 37, of 10th Signal Regiment, The Royal Corps of Signals, was the chief installation technician who managed the re-location of Helmand headquarters.

He led the team who transferred the UK military’s communication systems from Lashkar Gah to Camp Bastion.

Staff Sgt Sherratt had responsibility for planning, ordering and delivering the fibre optic cabling required for the move that was hailed as probably the most complex headquarters move ever undertaken.

He and his team of installation technicians moved more than 11,000 individual cables and connected more than 600 computers to a variety of classified systems.

During the period of his tour Staff Sgt Sherratt and his team spent 15,500 man hours pulling 72 kms of cable in temperatures of 40 degrees centigrade.

His citation states: “Sherratt’s role was to design and commission the cabling infrastructure for all new projects.

“Without his meticulous approach, rigorous delivery and measured application of risk the Task Force Helmand Headquarters move and a plethora of vital enabling projects would not have been completed on time.”

Staff Sgt Sherratt, said: “I feel very proud and thankful for gaining this recognition. It is a truly is a great honour to be recognised by Her Majesty the Queen; it is always good to have the work we do appreciated.

“For me however; this is wider recognition of the efforts of so many others, from the soldiers that worked tirelessly for me, to my wife, Vicky and children, Eliza, eight and Lucy, six, who certainly had a harder time of it than I did whilst I was away.”

Awards were given to 117 personnel for actions during the period March to September 2013.