A BRAVE soldier who was awarded the Military Cross for his courage in Afghanistan, has been honoured by the Mayor of Solihull.
Captain Paul Britton, from Knowle, had been hit by shrapnel from a rocket propelled grenade. Despite the pain, the 28-year-old refused morphine and led a charge against Taliban fighters.
Last autumn, the officer made a trip to Buckingham Palace and received the MC from Prince Charles. And earlier this week he received a hero’s welcome at the civic suite - where had had been invited for dinner.
Stella Morris, the Mayor’s secretary, said: “At this time he was stationed in Germany and so we in Solihull had not been able to recognise his deeds and courage until now. This we were pleased to do, in the company of his proud parents and the Knowle Sea Scouts where he was a member for ten years.”
Capt Britton first hit the headlines last year when news of his bravery in the Helmand Province made the national media. His cool-headed response to the Taliban ambush had allowed his team to escape.
“At the time, as far as I was concerned we were in a difficult situation with three of our team seriously injured,” he told the Solihull News last year.
“As soon as I realised it [his wound] wasn’t life threatening I knew I would just carry on doing my job.”
By a strange quirk of fate, the former Arden School pupil ended up meeting another Solihull hero while he was recovering in hospital. Lance Corporal Matt Croucher - who had flung himself on top of a grenade and was awarded the George Cross - was being treated on the same ward.