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Three soldiers honoured for selfless bravery in Afghanistan

Two soldiers who risked their lives against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan to save the men under their commandhave been honoured for their bravery, along with a soldier who saved the life of a comrade who lost both legs and severely damaged an arm in a blast.

Major Justin Stenhouse, 36, earned the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) after he single-handedly took on Taliban insurgents to protect his unit.

Sergeant Steven Leslie, 30, received a Mention in Despatches for saving two soldiers stranded in an attack in one of Helmand Province's most violent areas.

Lieutenant Thomas Onion, 25, was awarded a Mention in Despatches for immense courage in the face of repeated enemy fire and helping to save gravely injured comrades in an area littered with improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

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Bravery awards for those who face 'mortal danger'

Adjutant General, Lieutenant General Gerald Berragan, will introduce the bravery awards at London's National Army Museum with a tribute to the 107 service personnel being honoured. He will say:

Every day in Afghanistan our service men and women face mortal danger. They do this with the full knowledge of the danger presented by a clever and ruthless enemy.

Although just a small fraction of them are here today I pay tribute to all of them.

This list recognises the achievement and bravery of individuals across a number of theatres of operation but inevitably includes many people who served in Afghanistan last winter under the command of 20 Armoured Brigade.

Acting Corporal saw off enemy threat with rapid attack

Acting Corporal Sean Lee Jones displayed "unflinching courage". Credit: ITV News

Acting Corporal Sean Lee Jones has been awarded the Military Cross for his "unflinching courage and extraordinary leadership in the face of extreme and tangible danger."

With his multiple-strength patrol seemingly outflanked and overwhelmed by extremely accurate and heavy small-arms fire in Helmand Province last December, Acting Corporal Jones led a swift rocket response before instructing his men to fix bayonets and break cover.

With two men providing fire support, a hand grenade completed the final assault to send the insurgents falling back in disarray. The Ministry of Defence said the enemy was beaten by the "speed, aggression and audacity of his attack."

Acting Corporal Jones "epitomised the best qualities of the British infantry, displaying gritty determination, controlled aggression, tactical cunning, and complete disregard for his own safety," the ministry added.

Sapper showed 'awe-inspiring courage' to stop IED attack

Sapper Matthew Garey showed an "astonishing and exemplary level of gallantry". Credit: ITV News

Sapper Matthew Garey has been awarded the Queen's gallantry medal for his "awe-inspiring courage" and "extraordinary" conduct as he battled to clear a route damaged in a fatal attack by an Improvised Explosive Device in Helmand Province.

He placed himself in harm's way for five hours as he painstakingly searched for a sign of an IED ahead of his team, with ultimate success.

The Ministry of Defence said: "Finding a deeply buried command wire in his path provided the final piece of the jigsaw that told the story of a complex, multiple IED attack planned to hinder the freedom of movement along the route."

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Pilot officer built 'invaluable' bridges with Afghans

Sttevei Atalla's conduct as a young officer was praised as 'exemplary'. Credit: ITV News

Pilot Officer Sttevei Atalla has been honoured with the Queen's commendation for valuable service as a "model for stabilising a complex area" in Helmand Province through diplomacy.

She was praised as "invaluable" in her role as a Military Stabilisation Support Team (MSST) Operator, in which she led negotiations with key local elders and helped to connect the population to the new Afghanistan government and the national police force.

Pilot Officer Atalla, who was said to have carried out her role between September last year until February in an "exemplary" manner, also ensured international spending on development projects was sharply reduced.

Rifleman showed 'exceptional gallantry' in ambush

Rifleman Wilson protected a helicopter with a 'complete disregard for his own safety'. Credit: ITV News

Rifleman Matthew Wilson has been awarded the Military Cross for his "exceptional gallantry and leadership" when his unit was ambushed while attempting to destroy an enemy weapons cache in Helmand Provice in October last year.

He fell momentarily unconscious after being hit in the helmet during the insurgent small-arms fire attack, but put himself in the line of fire "with complete disregard for his own safety" when he came to in order to protect a casualty evacuation helicopter.

"Wilson's accurate fire not only neutralised the threat to the helicopter, but facilitated (his unit's) assault upon one firing point, forcing the insurgents back and allowing a counter-attack to be launched," the Ministry of Defence said.

Armed services personnel honoured for extreme bravery

Corporal Sean Jones MC is one of seven to be awarded the Military Cross. Credit: MoD/PA Wire

More than 100 members of the armed services will receive special awards for their acts of extreme bravery at a ceremony in London later today.

In total, 107 service personnel will be honoured at the National Army Museum, with seven set to receive Military Cross awards for gallantry during active operations in Afghanistan.

They include a soldier who led a bayonet charge through Afghan insurgent enemy fire and another who fought on despite being shot in the head.