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Soldiers receive bravery awards

British service men and women have been honoured for their bravery. A total of 131 members of the armed services received honours and awards in the Operation Honours List following tours across the world and incidents at home.

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Sapper lead comrades to safety after explosions

Sapper Ben McMurray from the Corps of Royal Engineers received The Queen's Commendation for Bravery for his courage in clearing IEDs even after his patrol was struck by a series of blasts.

Sapper Ben McMurray from the Corps of Royal Engineers. Credit: Press Association

The soldier himself set off a hidden insurgent bomb as he searched for the deadly devices around a Royal Marines checkpoint in Nad-e-Ali, Helmand Province, on July 14 last year.

Miraculously he was not hurt in the explosion, and was able to lead his team to safety after another two IEDs detonated, one of them seriously injuring one of his comrades.

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