Little Trooper of the Month

Rory Mullan

December 2021

Rory Mullan aged 5, has been named ‘Little Trooper of the Month’ after undergoing brain surgery just before Christmas.

Born the second of four children, Rory has always suffered with severe headaches and back pain. In 2019 he was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation, a condition that means Rory’s brain tissue was extending into his spine. Rory’s Dad works at RAF Odiham and like all military personnel, he sometimes has to spend long periods working away from home which can make life even more challenging for Rory and his family. Rory’s Dad once had to return home early from an overseas deployment after Rory developed sepsis and ended up in hospital.

In 2020, Rory’s headaches got worse and the family were told that surgery was the only hope of stopping the pain. Rory had decompression surgery three weeks ago at Southampton Children’s Hospital where surgeons removed part of Rory’s brain and some bone to open up a passage so Cerebral Spinal Fluid can move freely. The family were told that it is one of the most painful surgeries they do, but Rory has taken it all in his stride and was mobile again just 48 hours after the operation on basic pain relief. He is now recovering well at home.

Mum, Jemma Mullan explains: “We are incredibly proud of Rory and everything that he has been through. He is such a brave boy who always puts a smile on our faces and the faces of his brother and sisters. Thankfully he is recovering well and he is absolutely delighted to win this award from Little Troopers.”

Rory was sent a special medal, certificate and a £50 voucher from Little Troopers as part of his prize.

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, said: “Our Little Trooper of the Month Award scheme is all about recognising military children who have been exceptionally brave, inspirational or just extra special against all odds. Rory has been all of those things in his short life and especially in the last few weeks. We hope that winning the Little Trooper of the Month will help him feel proud of how brave he has been. He really is a special little trooper.”

Decembers Little Trooper of the month award has kindly been sponsored by Amazon.


Rory Mullan

Nominate a Trooper of the month!

We want to recognise Little Troopers; children with parents serving in the British Armed Forces who have been exceptionally brave, inspirational or just extra special against all odds. 

This is an opportunity to really celebrate and shine a spotlight on the lives of incredible military children, hear the special stories and give them the recognition they really deserve.

Our monthly winner will receive a special prize, certificate and lasting recognition of a customised, unique medal. We will also shout about how amazing our winners our on our website, social media and other related publications.

Nominations welcomed from Unit Welfare Offices, Community Development Workers, Schools/Nurseries and of course YOU!

If you are not the parent or guardian of the child you are nominating you must ask permission and advise them you are nominating. We will need to contact them directly to progress a nomination if successful.

Unsuccessful nominations will not be contacted.

Please upload a recent photograph we can use for certificate and hall of fame if they win:

Eligible children: ANY child with a parent or step parent currently serving with the British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force; wherever they live, reserve or regular, parents married or unmarried. Children can only win once. Please only nominate one child per nomination. Children of any age can be nominated. Please ensure all the information you submit is true and correct stating if the child is a step child/has a different father or mother to serving person.

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