The worst injured soldier in Afghanistan said he was moved after Prince Charles called him an "inspiration" as he made him an MBE.
Family, friends and colleagues have been remembering three British soldiers killed in a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
The deaths of three British soldiers in one incident in Afghanistan still has the power to shock us. And yet it is no surprise.
The funeral of fusilier Samuel Flint, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, will take place today.The 21-year-old died when the Mastiff armoured vehicle he was travelling in hit an improvised explosive device (IED) while on patrol in Helmand province on April 30.
He was killed along with Corporal William Savage, 30, of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland and Private Robert Hetherington, 25, who served with the 7th Battalion of the Regiment.
A statement from the family said: "The whole family is completely devastated.
"Everyone should know that Sam loved his job and made his whole family and everyone that knew him very proud."
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said it would have been "morally unacceptable" to deny the Afghan interpreters the option of coming to Britain:
– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister
We owe it to them to make sure that where they are under real threat of retribution or intimidation, we look after them.
I think we have a duty of care to these people, just as we did to a number of interpreters who helped us in Iraq. I wasn't content with the idea which was floated that, somehow, this time round... as part of the menu of options for some of the interpreters who helped us, we wouldn't include as part of that menu of options the right to come to this country.
– Yvette Cooper, Shadow home secretary
A settlement scheme is the right policy for people who have risked their lives to help our troops in Afghanistan. It was not right for the Government to leave interpreters and their families to face threats from the Taliban when we leave.
We will scrutinise the scheme carefully, as the details don't appear to be worked through. But we welcome this U-turn, albeit after ministers had said the opposite over many weeks and months.
Speaking to The Times (£) Afghan interpreter Mohammad Rafi Hottak welcomed the Government's decision, adding it would save lives.
– Mohammad Rafi Hottak
It has been late in coming but finally the Government has made the right decision.
They have honoured the services of the Afghan interpreters.
This decision will save lives that are currently at risk. It will also send a message to the Taliban and the terrorists that the Afghan interpreters are not left alone to be persecuted.
– Downing Street STATEMENT
The Prime Minister has been very clear that we should not turn our backs on those who have trod the same path as our soldiers in Helmand, consistently putting their lives at risk to help our troops achieve their mission.
We should recognise the service given by those who have regularly put themselves in real danger while working for us.
These proposals give them a choice: the opportunity to go on working in Afghanistan, learning new skills and to go on rebuilding their country or to come and make a new start in Britain.
– Dave Garratt, Chief Executive of Refugee Action
We welcome today's decision to offer protection to Afghan interpreters who put their lives on the line to support the British forces.
This move now puts the UK in step with other NATO countries who have granted their interpreters the right to asylum.
The funeral of Corporal William Savage from Ayrshire will take place later at the Glencorse Kirk near the Penicuik Barracks.
He was killed on 30th April along with Fusilier Samuel Flint from the Royal Highland Fusiliers and Pte Robert Hetherington when their Mastiff armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside device during a routine patrol in Helmand.
Around 600 Afghan interpreters are to be offered the chance to settle in Britain after an apparent coalition rethink.
About half the staff working with UK forces are expected to be granted visas in recognition of risks to their personal safety.
The proposals could see all interpreters who have been in the job more than 12 months and put themselves in physical danger offered a resettlement package.
They will need to have worked between December 2012 and December 2014, when troops are due to leave, to be eligible.
They could be offered a five-year visa for themselves and their family, with help relocating and finding accommodation and work in the UK.
The move comes despite David Cameron previously suggesting most Afghan interpreters should stay on in their country to help rebuild it after years of conflict.
But Liberal Democrats pushed for a similar approach to that taken with Iraqi interpreters
A soldier who survived the worst ever battlefield injuries in Afghanistan said he was moved to be described as an "inspiration" by the Prince of Wales as he made him an MBE today.
Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson lost both legs and suffered more than 40 injuries, including brain damage which affected his memory and speech, in a bomb attack in 2006.
Speaking moments after receiving the honour at Buckingham Palace, he said: "I was surprised at how much Prince Charles knew about me.
"He said I was an inspiration. It made me feel so proud."