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Knighthood for Birmingham soldiers' surgeon

Professor Keith Porter
Image caption Professor Porter said he was proud to receive the honour

The consultant responsible for co-ordinating care of British troops injured in Afghanistan is to be knighted.

Professor Keith Porter, a senior trauma surgeon at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham, is honoured for his services to the armed forces.

Prof Porter, of Alvechurch, Worcestershire, said: "I am very grateful and very proud to receive it."

He is among people recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours List.

Prof Porter, 61, said the knighthood marked his work in trauma treatment for troops injured in both the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

He said: "I have a committed interest in trauma but until the Iraq war and the Afghanistan war it was all civilian trauma.

"The magnitude of injuries is usually considerably greater and with that comes the challenges of survivability.

"In civilian practice you may see the odd gunshot wound but we don't normally see the blast injuries you see from IEDs [improvised explosive devices]."

He said techniques and treatments have had to progress in response to the needs of military patients and added "phenomenal" work was undertaken to help them recover.

He trained at St Thomas' Hospital in London before being jointly appointed at the Birmingham Accident Hospital and Selly Oak Hospital in 1986.

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Media captionKathleen White has worked for Claverley Post Office near Wolverhampton for 68 years

Prof Porter has a number of other roles, including being medical adviser to the County Air Ambulance and medical director of the West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation (CARE) team.

Postmistress honour

Among other people honoured are Kathleen Williams, who is the West Midlands regional director for The Prince's Trust.

She becomes Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO).

Honours under this order are awarded in recognition of services to the Royal family.

And postmistress Kathleen May White, of Wolverhampton, is among people in the West Midlands who have been appointed an MBE.

Ms White, who has been a postmistress for 50 years, has been recognised for her services to the Post Office and to the community in Claverley.

She said "the people and being busy" kept her interested in her job.

Ms White, who has worked for the Post Office for 68 years since she was 15, added she was planning to celebrate her honour with a party.

She said: "It's been an awful problem keeping quiet and not saying anything.

"[It's] changed an awful lot, like we've gone computerised. I didn't really want to know anything about it and we went on a course and I still didn't want to know about it.

"Then I decided that if I didn't do it, well I shouldn't be working."

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