British Armed Forces recognised for battlefield bravery

(L-R) Lance Corporal Lawrence Kayser, Captain Michael Dobbin, Lance Corporal Stephen Shaw, Captain John Scarlett and Sergeant Roy Geddes. Photo: PA Wire

A soldier who single-handedly battled insurgents in Afghanistan, two members of the RAF who defended Camp Bastion from an attack, and a female Army medic are among those recognised in the latest round of military honours.

Some 118 members of the British Armed Forces are included in the latest Operational Honours list, published in the London Gazette today.

Sergeant Roy Geddes, 43, from the RAF Regiment, and Corporal Kurt Lee, also from the RAF, were among those who were honoured after they battled insurgents when they attacked Camp Bastion in September, while Prince Harry was serving his tour of duty as an Apache gunner.

Sgt Geddes, from Elgin, Moray, received the Military Cross after it is said he "breathed fire into the spirit of his men" when Camp Bastion was attacked - despite being wounded in the knee after one of his vehicles was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Sergeant Roy Geddes (right), who receives the Military Cross and Corporal Kurt Lee, who is Mentioned In Despatches. Credit: PA Wire

Sgt Geddes, who is only the second member of the RAF to receive the MC for action in Afghanistan, is recognised alongside Cpl Lee, 28, from Bury, Lancashire, who is Mentioned In Despatches for his own role in the battle.

Last weekend it was revealed that Lance-Corporal James Ashworth, of the First Battalion, The Grenadier Guards, became the first recipient of the Victoria Cross since 2006 after being awarded it posthumously.

Captain Michael Dobbin, 28, from the Grenadier Guards, who was on the same patrol as L Cpl Ashworth when he died, is awarded the Military Cross after he personally led a 200m charge at insurgents in Nahr-e-Saraj last summer.

Captain Michael Dobbin, 28, from the Grenadier Guards. Credit: PA Wire

As well as recognition of outstanding gallantry, the Operational Awards List also includes honours for meritorious service.

Army medic Lance Corporal Abbie Martin, 20, was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service after bravely ignoring Taliban bullets whistling over her head to treat a dying colleague on her very first patrol.

Lance Corporal Abbie Martin, a 20-year-old female Army medic who has been awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service.

Several days later, despite a struggle to come to terms with the horror of her first patrol, she treated multiple casualties after a grenade blast, successfully saving all the injured.

ITV News Correspondent Martha Fairlie met some of those who were recognised: