Two service personnel from Yorkshire have achieved the highest honours for their dedication and self-sacrifice during military conflicts.
Lieutenant Commander James David Byron from Grimsby served as the Commanding Officer on HMS Brocklesby off the coast of Libya last year.
He was praised for his
Air Engineer Mechanic Reserve Michelle Ping, a Medical Assistant with the Royal Navy Reserve, rescued a colleague shot in the head in Afghanistan whilst under fire from mortars and Rocket Propelled Grenades. She climbed onto the roof of a compound and deliberately shielded the casualty with her own body so she could treat him.
The audience at the ceremony were told: