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British military personnel honoured for bravery

Two men who battled insurgents as Prince Harry and his fellow troops came under attack at Camp Bastion are among 118 military personnel being honoured today.

Other heroes include a medic on her first tour of duty who treated an injured serviceman as Taliban bullets whistled overhead.

ITV News Correspondent Martha Fairlie met some of them:

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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 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."

Full Report: Sunderland surgeon leaves for Afghanistan

A doctor from the region leaves today to run the army hospital at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

Colonel Ben Banerjee is a surgeon at Sunderland Royal Hospital but is also a member of the Territorial Army.

Civilians provide additional cover to the armed forces during times of conflict and Sunderland Royal has allowed four of its surgeons on tours of duty - a large commitment from one hospital.

You can watch the full report from Julia Barthram below.

Hospital offers surgical expertise to the armed forces

Sunderland Royal Hospital has four staff surgeons who are also reservists for the armed forces. With the backing of the hospital they have taken part in nine tours of duty to places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Consultant surgeon, Colonel Ben Banerjee, leaves today to become Medical Director at Camp Bastion. For a three month tour of duty he'll be in charge of all trauma care for Helmand Province, dealing with hundreds of injured soldiers and civilians.

We are very proud of the contribution made by our staff on overseas postings – both staff who operate as military reservists, and those who carry out similar civilian projects in a variety of countries with organisations like VSO.

"They take out skills and commitment to medical teams working in the most challenging of environments and bring back to the trust vast experience which can be used for the benefit of our patients.

"The exchange is invaluable in helping us maintain world-class levels of healthcare."

– Sunderland Royal Hospital

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Surgeon heads to Afghanistan

A surgeon from Sunderland leaves today to run the hospital at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. As well as working at Sunderland Royal Hospital Colonel Ben Banerjee is a member of the Territorial Army. This is his fourth tour of duty and he'll be in charge of all trauma care in Helmand Province.

He's one of four surgeon's from Sunderland who are members of the reserve forces. The Hospital has allowed them to take part in nine tours of duty.

Full Report: North East soldiers back home and safe from Afghanistan

Soldiers based in our region have returned home after a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Troops from the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, part of 4 Mechanized Brigade, arrived back at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire today.

The service-men and women helped handover control from British forces to the Afghan national police.

Watch the full report from Jonny Blair below.

Troops make emotional return home

Soldiers from the North East have made an emotional return home after a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Troops from the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, part of 4 Mechanized Brigade, arrive back at base in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire today.

The service-men and women have been helping with handover of control from British forces to the Afghan national police.

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