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Soldier awarded Military Cross

A soldier from the Royal Anglian Regiment has received the Military Cross for "great courage in the face of the enemy" at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace today.

Lance Corporal Lawrence Kayser was awarded the honour for saving colleagues from a "potentially disastrous situation" in Helmand Province in June 2012.

The 27-year-old was part of a platoon of soldiers taken by air deep into enemy territory as part of Operation Maahi Buzurg - an attempt to clear a notorious insurgent-held area.

On June 21, L/Cpl Kayser found himself just a few metres from enemy fighters hiding behind a wall and risked his life to single-handedly drive them off despite suffering a grenade injury.