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Catterick soldier "humbled" by bravery award

A British Army who has been Mentioned in Dispatches for his bravery in Afghanistan said he was "humbled" more than anything to be among 117 servicemen and women honoured.

Lt Ali Floyd is based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.

He said: "I hope to some degree that this award is a recognition of the soldiers I was lucky enough to work with, who all did a fantastic job and it is really due to them that we managed to bring everyone home."

Catterick Garrison officer Mentioned in Dispatches for bravery in Afghanistan

A British Army officer based at Catterick Garrison has been awarded a Mention in Dispatches for bravery during a tour of Afghanistan in 2013.

Lieutenant Ali Floyd defended a bridge for 24 hours under enemy fire, to allow engineers to remove homemade bombs. He then led his men to safety at night past enemy firing points.

Lt Ali Floyd (right) is honoured for his bravery

Lt Floyd was one of 117 military personnel to be honoured.

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Soldiers from Catterick Garrison gave first aid to teenagers in car crash

Soldiers on a training exercise heard a car crash in which three teenagers were critically injured and immediately went over to give first aid. The soldiers, from Catterick Garrison, were at Bellerby Camp, near to where the accident happened.

The driver and his passengers, all 17 years old, are in hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Names released of soldiers killed in crash

Then names of two soldiers klilled when their car hit a tree have been releasded by North Yokrshire Police.

They were Mark McKeen, 23, who was from Northern Ireland, who was driving the car - and Codie Richardson, who was 20.

She was from from Stockton-on-Tees.

Trooper Mark McKeen was a well rounded individual and a first class soldier; his loss will be keenly felt by all who knew him. He was a popular and engaging member of the Regiment. He served with great courage and dedication on two difficult and dangerous tours of Afghanistan.

“His untimely loss is a terrible tragedy but his memory will always be cherished by The Royal Dragoon Guards and those of us fortunate enough to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

– Major Hugh Pearce-Gould, Officer Commanding B (The Black Horse) Squadron, The Royal Dragoon Guards

“Private Codie Richardson had only been with the Regiment for five months, but had made a very positive impression on both her Squadron and the Catering Department. Outgoing, keen and personable, she was always willing to take on new challenges.

“She embraced being in a Cavalry Regiment and seized the opportunity to take up horse riding. She was also a very caring, considerate person and always put the needs of others first. Our deepest sympathies are with her family and friends at this difficult time. She will be greatly missed by the Regiment.”

– Major Hugh Pearce-Gould, Officer Commanding B (The Black Horse) Squadron, The Royal Dragoon Guards

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Floral tribute for dead soldiers

Friends and fellow soldiers have been laying flowers at the spot where two of their colleagues were killed in a road accident.

The two soldiers from Catterick Garrison - a 23 year old man and a 20 year old woman - died when their car left the road and hit a tree near the town's Golf Club. Police have appealed for witnesses who may have seen what caused the black Seat car to veer off Leyburn Road just after 8.00 last night.

This report from Katie Oakes:

Army personnel die in car crash

A man and a woman, both serving in the Army, have been killed after a car crashed into a tree.

It happened at around 8pm yesterday (Saturday) on Leyburn Road in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.

A 23-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene and a 20-year-old woman died later at Darlington Memorial Hospital.

Both were serving Army personnel based locally.

Gurkha veterans learn about Christmas

Nepalese families who live in our region will be celebrating Christmas this year with a little help from the community in North Yorkshire.

Former Gurkhas who are now living in Catterick have been getting a crash course in Christmas.

In Nepal they celebrate Diwali, and for some this is the first time they've heard of Santa or Rudolph.

Watch Frances Read's report here.

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