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.
The family of a soldier from Northamptonshire who has been awarded the Victoria Cross have been speaking about his bravery.
A British soldier killed in a grenade blast while on patrol in Afghanistan came from Northamptonshire.