Soldiers honoured at Sandhurst

Soldiers from across the country, including the North East, are being honoured at today's Operational Honours and awards at Sandhurst.

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Northumberland soldier honoured for bravery

A soldier from Northumberland who risked his life to defuse a series of bombs in Afghanistan has been awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal.

Sergeant David Acarnley, a bomb disposal officer with The Royal Logistic Corps, was called to help a Danish armoured vehicle last year after it hit an IED.

The crew were trapped inside after a second bomb was found at its back door.

A third IED was also triggered, injuring a soldier, when Sergeant Acarnley was working to free the crew.

The 31-year-old cleared a route so medics could give the man life-saving aid, before returning to rescue the crew.

Sergeant Acarnley had also previously hauled 150kgs worth of explosives out of harm's way which was under the main route linking all of Afghanistan.

The only way he could get to the explosives was to remove his protective gear and crawl into the culvert.

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