Medals for Afghan heroes

An army medic from Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire is one of several members of the British Armed Forces from our region being recognised in the latest round of military honours.

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Soldiers honoured for bravery

There's been further recognition for soldiers from our region for their bravery in Afghanistan.

Just days afer Lance Corporal James Ashworth from Corby was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, more than a hundred other servicemen and women are being honoured.

Among them, Lance Corporal Lawrence Kayser from the Royal Anglian Regiment who gets the Military Cross - one of the country's highest awards for gallantry.


Medic wins Military Cross for bravery

A Norfolk-based serviceman as been awarded the Military Cross for his role in saving the lives of four wounded soldiers,

Lance Corporal Stephen Shaw, based with the Royal Medical Corps in Swanton Morely was commended for his actions after his patrol came under fire in Helmand Province, last July.

They were attacked by a sniper, four soldiers were seriously wounded. L/Cpl Shaw, rescued one of his colleagues and gave life-saving medical treatment to the casualties.

Jonathan Wills spoke to him today.

Commendation for Army medic

Corporal Daniel Rudge Credit: Ministry of Defence

A Colchester-based medic who saved four men whilst under intense enemy fire has been awarded a Mention in Despatches.

Corporal Daniel Rudge, a Combat Medical Technician Class One was on a joint patrol with the Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP) in Lashkar Gah when they came under fire.

Seven insurgents were firing automatic weapons, small arms and rocket propelled grenades at the patrol from 500 metres.

One of the team was shot and 29 year old Daniel remained with the casualty to give first aid throughout the 70 minute battle despite the personal risk from incoming fire.

He also risked his life to give life-saving first aid to his commander who was hit.

The Mention in Despatches is one of the oldest forms of recognition for gallantry within the UK Armed Forces.


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    An army medic from Cambridgeshire is one of several members of the British Armed Forces being recognised with military honours.