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More bravery from our lads taking on the Taliban

COURAGEOUS Captain Paul Britton has become the second Solihull soldier in a week to be awarded a medal for bravery in Afghanistan.

COURAGEOUS Captain Paul Britton has become the second Solihull soldier in a week to be awarded a medal for bravery in Afghanistan.

The 28-year old from Knowle, will receive a Military Cross, the third highest award for gallantry, after he led a battle charge despite being hit with a rocket propelled grenade.

He and 60 of his men were ambushed while fighting in the Helmand Province.

But after the attack, Cpt Britton refused morphine and continued to direct air strikes and artillery to fight off Taliban attackers - with burning shrapnel stuck in his shoulder.

He bravely managed to mark targets for jets which bombed enemy positions and allowed his patrol to escape.

Cpt Britton was one of 19 servicemen to be awarded the Military Cross, which is granted in recognition of acts of exemplary gallantry.

Last week Lance Corporal Matt Croucher from Olton was awarded the George Cross after he dived on top of a live grenade to save his comrades.

The 24-year-old survived with just minor injuries and became one of just 20 living recipients of the second highest award for gallantry.

Both L/Cpl Croucher and Cpt Britton have been humble about their bravery and Cpt Britton said: "I see this award as recognition of the bravery of my team."

They will receive their honours from the Queen at a Buckingham Palace ceremony in the autumn.

 

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