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Late soldier to receive honour for exemplary gallantry

The family of a British soldier killed in Afghanistan in June 2012 will today receive the Military Cross on his behalf at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Corporal Alex Guy, 37, of the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment was killed while leading his section to assist a group of Afghan soldiers pinned down by enemy fire during an insurgent ambush in Nad-e Ali District of Helmand Province.

Corporal Alex Guy Credit: MoD

In March, Cpl Guy was posthumously awarded the Military Cross for exemplary gallantry in combat.

His wife Emma will be accompanied by her late husband's father, mother and uncle at the ceremony.

Soldier to receive Military Cross for saving colleagues

A soldier will receive the Military Cross for "great courage in the face of the enemy" at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace today.

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

Lance Corporal Lawrence Kayser from 1st Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

The 27-year-old was part of a platoon of soldiers taken by air deep into enemy territory as part of Operation Maahi Buzurg - an attempt to clear a notorious insurgent-held area.

On June 21, L/Cpl Kayser found himself just a few metres from enemy fighters hiding behind a wall and risked his life to single-handedly drive them off despite suffering a grenade injury.

Tory MP Oliver Colville: Current honours system is uneven and rather outdated

Tory MP Oliver Colville will launch his Honours (Equality of Titles for Partners) Bill in the Commons on Tuesday.

It asks: "that leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for husbands and civil partners of those receiving honours to be allowed to use equivalent honorary titles to those available to women".

"The current system is uneven and rather outdated.

"If you are made a peer or a knight, your wife automatically gets the title lady, but if you are gay or are a woman and become a dame your partner gets nothing."

– Tory MP Oliver Colville

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