It has been a day of both pride and sadness for one family from Northamptonshire, as the true scale of their son's bravery on the battlefield was revealed.
23-year-old Lance Corporal James Ashworth from Corby has been posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for showing 'extraordinary courage' in Afghanistan last year. It is only the tenth to be awarded since the Second World War.
His citation read: " Despite the ferocity of the insurgent's resistance, Ashworth refused to be beaten...."
His mother said it was typical of James's character to put himself in harm's way to protect his fellow soldiers.
ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson reports.
A soldier from Northampton is to receive one of the rarest military honours after he died in an explosion in Afghanistan while protecting his comrades.
Lance Corporal James Ashworth from Corby was only 23 when he was killed on patrol with the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards in Helmand Province last June. Now he will posthumously receive The Victoria Cross.
A soldier from Northamptonshire who died as he protected the lives of his comrades in Afghanistan is to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
Lance Corporal James Ashworth, 23, will receive the medal in recognition of his "extraordinary courage" while serving with the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards.
The Victoria Cross, the country's highest award for gallantry, has been awarded just 10 times to UK soldiers since the Second World War.
The posthumous award to L/Cpl Ashworth is just the second from the 12-year conflict in Afghanistan.
L/Cpl Ashworth, from Kettering, Northamptonshire, was killed in the Nahr-e-Siraj district on June 13 when his reconnaissance platoon became involved in a battle with the Taliban inside enemy-held compounds.
The funeral of a soldier from Northamptonshire who was killed in Afghanistan will take place today. Lance Corporal James Ashworth was 23.
He was serving with the Grenadier Guards when died in a grenade blast in Helmand Province. His funeral will take place in Corby this morning.