Four Midland soldiers honoured for their bravery

Four Midland soldiers honoured for their bravery
Four Midland soldiers honoured for their bravery Photo: ITV Central

Four soldiers from the Midlands are among 131 service personnel honoured for their bravery in Afghanistan and Libya in the latest round of military honours.

Cpl Carl Taylor from Birmingham has been awarded the Military Cross for rescuing 3 Afghan boys during a fire fight with insurgents in Helmand in March 2011.

Cpl Carl Taylor from Birmingham awarded the Military Cross for rescuing 3 Afghan boys during a fire fight with insurgents
Cpl Carl Taylor from Birmingham awarded the Military Cross for rescuing 3 Afghan boys during a fire fight with insurgents Credit: ITV Central News

25-year-old Cpl Taylor of 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment ran across open ground to get to the boys, aged between 3 and 7, who were sheltering behind a wall.

Using his body as a shield, Cpl Taylor guided the first boy to safety before going back to carry the other two out of danger, reuniting them with their mothers.

Medical Assistant Liam O’Grady from Walsall has been awarded a Military Cross for bravery after treating multiple injured colleagues, despite being injured himself during a grenade attack in Afghanistan.

Medical Assistant Liam O’Grady from Walsall has been awarded a Military Cross for bravery after treating multiple injured colleagues
Medical Assistant Liam O’Grady from Walsall has been awarded a Military Cross for bravery after treating multiple injured colleagues Credit: ITV Central News

The 21-year-old Royal Navy Medic suffered serious leg injuries while trying to drag a colleague to safety, but continued to treat the wounded refusing treatment for his own injuries until everyone had been safely evacuated. His actions saved the life of his Patrol Commander.

Marine Mark Williams from Nuneaton received the Military Cross after rescuing a comrade who’d been shot in the chest during an insurgent attack in Afghanistan.

Marine Mark Williams received the Military Cross after rescuing a comrade who’d been shot in the chest during an attack in Afghanistan
Marine Mark Williams received the Military Cross after rescuing a comrade who’d been shot in the chest during an attack in Afghanistan Credit: ITV Central News

Despite 22-year-old Marine Williams’ Company being under heavy fire, he ran 200m into open ground to administer life-saving first aid.

He dragged the wounded man to relative safety before coming under further attack. He continued to give first aid while returning fire until the medical evacuation team arrived.

And, Lieutenant Victoria Long was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service for her work in improving the wound management of injured service personnel in Afghanistan.

Lieutenant Victoria Long awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service
Lieutenant Victoria Long awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service Credit: ITV Central News

The full ITV report by Matt Teale