Military heroes honoured

More than 100 members of the armed forces have been recognised in the latest Operational Honours list, published in the London Gazette.

Brave soldier honoured with Military Cross

Cpl Oliver Bainbridge of the Royal Dragoon Guards who has been awarded an MC (military cross). Credit: PA Wire

A soldier who has been blown up at least three times during his military career has been recognised for his brave actions in Afghanistan.

Corporal Oliver Bainbridge has been awarded the Military Cross for a "display of personal courage, selfless commitment and inspired leadership".

But the 25-year-old, from the Royal Dragoon Guards, confessed that some of his colleagues have joked that they might not like to stand too close to him in the future, because of his tendency to get blown up.

Army medic honoured for life-saving care

Army medic Lance Corporal Rachel Hughes, 26, who has received a mention in dispatches in the latest Operational Honours. Credit: PA Wire

An Army medic has been honoured for her service after saving lives on three separate occasions, including Afghan children, during her first tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Rachel Hughes, from Colchester, Essex, received a mention in dispatches in the latest Operational Honours.

The citation for the 26-year-old, who serves in the Royal Army Medical Corps, describes how she showed a level of medical professionalism exceeding someone of her rank and experience, and never allowed her personal feelings to affect the treatment she was giving.

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Soldier battled Afghan insurgents with broken back

Cpl Josh Griffiths of the Mercian Regiment who has been awarded the CGC (conspicuous gallantry cross) Credit: PA Wire

A soldier who battled Afghan insurgents who had invaded his base despite having a broken back has been awarded one of the highest honours for gallantry.

Corporal Josh Griffiths, from the Mercian Regiment, receives the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in the latest round of Operational Honours.

The 24-year-old was getting ready to eat his evening meal at his ISAF patrol base in Nad-e Ali when a pick-up truck driven by a suicide bomber burst through the wall of the base and exploded.

Leaving a 40m gap in the perimeter wall, it was the start of an attack that was to last for several hours.

He helped his colleagues and returned fire, protecting fellow wounded soldiers from insurgents who were spraying bullets at them and throwing grenades, while another attacker was firing rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) from the field outside the base.

His efforts stopped the attackers at the wall of the base, and allowed the casualties to be evacuated, his citation said.

And as other soldiers arrived to help, rather than stepping back, he insisted on fighting on to make sure the base was secure.

It was only afterwards that he realised he not only had damaged his eye, but had also broken his back in the original explosion caused when the vehicle hit the base.

Military heroes recognised in honours list

Rifleman Tuljung Gurung of the Royal Gurkha Rifles who has been awarded an MC (military cross). Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

A Gurkha who was shot in the helmet by an Afghan insurgent, avoided being blown up by a grenade, then took the insurgent on in hand-to-hand combat is among more than 100 members of the armed forces recognised in the latest round of military honours.

Some 117 people from all three services are included in the latest Operational Honours list, published in the London Gazette.

They include Acting Lance Corporal Tuljung Gurung, from The Royal Gurkha Rifles, who is awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry and courage when he took on an insurgent who mounted an attack on the patrol base where he was on guard.