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Soldiers honoured for risking their lives to save others

Sergeant Steven Leslie was among the three soldiers honoured. Photo: Sergeant Adrian Harlen/MoD/PA Wire

Three soldiers have received prestigious Army awards for their selfless acts of bravery to save the lives of their comrades in Afghanistan.

Two were honoured on the Operational Honours list - announced at central London's National Army Museum - for risking their lives against Taliban insurgents to save the men under their command.

Major Justin Stenhouse, 36, earned the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) after he single-handedly took on Taliban insurgents as he threw himself into the line of fire to protect his unit.

Major Justin Stenhouse played down his act of heroism. Credit: Sgt Wes Calder RLC/MoD/PA Wire

Maj Stenhouse said his actions were not extraordinary, claiming: "I just did my job."

Sergeant Steven Leslie, 30, was awarded a Mention in Despatches for saving two soldiers stranded in an attack in one of the most most violent areas in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

The 30-year-old from Dundee ran across 150 metres of open ground as rounds kicked up the dust at his feet to save two of his gunners.

Sgt Leslie, too, later played down his act of heroism. He said:

You don't even realise there are rounds landing around you. Everyone has had rounds landing at their feet over there. It's not just me. You just do what you need to do and get out. Anyone would have done what I did, just as I would do it again.

Sergeant Steven Leslie said he would do the same again to protect soldiers. Credit: Sergeant MoD/PA Wire

The third soldier honoured, Lieutenant Thomas Onion, saved the life of a comrade who lost both legs and severely damaged an arm in a blast.

The 25-year-old was awarded a Mention in Despatches for immense courage in the face of repeated enemy fire and helping to save gravely injured comrades in an area littered with improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Lieutenant Thomas Onion was awarded a Mention in Despatches. Credit: MoD/PA Wire

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