Soldiers awarded honours

More than 100 members of the armed forces have been awarded military honours. A soldier who single-handedly battled insurgents in Afghanistan and two members of the RAF who defended Camp Bastion from an attack are among those recognised.

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Army medic receives awards for valuable service

Army medic Lance Corporal Abbie Martin is to receive the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service, which recognises meritorious service during, or in support of, operations.

Private Abbie Martin, of the Royal Army Medical Corps who has been awarded a Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS)
Private Abbie Martin, of the Royal Army Medical Corps who has been awarded a Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) Credit: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC/MoD/PA Wire

On her first tour of Afghanistan, she ignored Taliban bullets whistling overhead to treat a dying colleague.

Several days later she treated multiple casualties after a grenade blast, successfully saving all the injured.

Soldier charged Taliban fighters at close quarters

Lance Corporal Lawrence Kayser has ben awarded the Military Cross for saving colleagues from a "potentially disastrous situation" in Helmand Province in June 2012.

Lance Corporal Lawrence Kayser, from Woodton, Norfolk, from the Royal Anglian Regiment Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

His platoon came upon a large-group of enemy while preparing an ambush, when the 27-year-old leapt from a ditch, charged Taliban fighters and fought them at close quarters in their compound.

He said: "I am really humbled, my platoon is made up of the best members of the Battalion. It's not my medal, even though part of that incident I was alone, I wasn't truly alone."

Second member of RAF to receive military cross

Forty-three-year-old Sergeant Roy Geddes, from the RAF Regiment, and Corporal Kurt Lee, 28, also from the RAF, battled insurgents when they attacked Camp Bastion in September last year.

Sergeant Roy Geddes, 43, from Elgin, Moray, from the RAF Regiment Credit: Sergeant Andy Reddy RLC/PA Wire

It is said that Sgt Geddes, from Elgin, Moray, "breathed fire into the spirit of his men" when Camp Bastion was attacked, despite being wounded in the knee.

He is the second member of the RAF to receive the Military Cross for action in Afghanistan.

Corporal Kurt Lee, from the RAF Regiment, during a tour to Afganistan Credit: Sergeant MoD/PA Wire

Sgt Geddes is recognised alongside Cpl Lee, from Bury, Lancashire, who is Mentioned In Despatches for his own role in the battle.

Military cross for captain who led charge at insurgents

Ministry of Defence of Captain Michael Dobbin, 28, from the Grenadier Guards
Ministry of Defence of Captain Michael Dobbin, 28, from the Grenadier Guards Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Captain Michael Dobbin, 28, from the Grenadier Guards has been awarded a military cross after he personally led a 200m charge at insurgents in Nahr-e-Saraj in Afghanistan last summer.

Captain Dobbin was on the same patrol as Lance-Corporal James Ashworth, of the First Battalion, The Grenadier Guards, who became the first recipient of the Victoria Cross since 2006 after being awarded it posthumously last week.

Read: Killed soldier awarded rare Victoria Cross

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Members of the armed forces awarded military honours

More than 100 members of the armed forces are to be awarded military honours.

A soldier who single-handedly battled insurgents in Afghanistan, two members of the RAF who defended Camp Bastion from an attack, and a female Army medic are among those recognised.

Recipients of the Military Cross
Recipients of the Military Cross Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Praising the recipients of the honours, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: "In a changing world the bravery and commitment to duty of our servicemen and women remains unswerving.

"Whether fighting for our security on operations abroad or rescuing mountaineers and sailors within the British Isles, they deserve our gratitude and respect.

"I hope that the awards announced today go some way to underlining how much this country values the efforts and sacrifices of our Armed Forces."