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Soldier tells story of bravery in new book

HEROIC Matt Croucher - who was awarded the George Cross for his bravery in Afghanistan - has published his autobiography.

HEROIC Matt Croucher - who was awarded the George Cross for his bravery in Afghanistan - has published his autobiography.

Lance Corporal Croucher was thrust into the public eye last year after diving on top of a grenade to protect three of his comrades.

Now the 25-year-old’s story will be told in a new book. Bullet Proof: One Marine’s Ferocious Account of Close Combat Behind Enemy Lines hit book shelves this week.

The title will focus on the Silhillian’s tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq and several brushes with death.

Most famously he used his backpack to smother an explosion - the incident which won him the George Cross and the Freedom of Solihull.

But the soldier had also survived a roadside bomb and rocket attack during his time in the Middle East.

Since returning to Britain, Lance Corporal Croucher has kept busy with a number of different projects. As well as showing his support for local charity Troopaid, he has also organised for injured soldiers to take a trip overseas.

While in America, his colleagues will undergo a pioneering new treatment to hopefully alleviate wounds received in the line of duty.

 

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