Post War British Gallantry Awards From 1945 To Present

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  1. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Here a question that someone maybe able to help me with

    Paul Cooney was awarded a QGM around 1973 if my memory serves me right (I could be wrong). Does anyone have any info on the event, I believe it was for events that were happening in NI.

    Eddie Chandler

    This is LG entry for Thomas Paul Cooney
  2. eddie chandler

    eddie chandler Senior Member

  3. spider

    spider Very Senior Member

    Although not British:

    From the bench to bikers: honours flow for our national champions

    Several special forces soldiers have received decorations for operations so secret that the Australian Defence Force has refused to release details even four years after the battles took place.

    A soldier identified only as Corporal B was awarded the Medal for Gallantry for heroism in action in hazardous circumstances in Afghanistan in 2008.

    From the bench to bikers: honours flow for our national champions | The Australian
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    Stormbird Restless

  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  6. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    BBC News - Victoria Cross for Afghan hero L/Cpl James Ashworth

    A British soldier who died in southern Afghanistan last year as he protected his colleagues from a grenade blast is to be awarded the Victoria Cross.

    The UK's top gallantry medal will go to L/Cpl James Ashworth, 23, of Kettering, Northamptonshire, who was serving with 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

    It is understood the announcement will not be made officially until next week.

    The VC has been awarded 10 times to UK soldiers since World War II and only once before for bravery in Afghanistan.

    L/Cpl James Ashworth was killed while on a reconnaissance patrol to disrupt insurgent activity in the Nahr-e-Saraj district in June 2012.

    Speaking at the time the death was announced Capt Mike Dobbin, commander of Reconnaissance Platoon, Nijmegen Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, paid tribute to L/Cpl Ashworth's actions.

    "He was killed while fighting his way through compounds; leading his fire team from the front, whilst trying to protect his men and he showed extraordinary courage to close on a determined enemy," he said.

    "His professionalism under pressure and ability to remain calm in what was a chaotic situation is testament to his character."

    The only other British soldier to be awarded the VC for bravery in Afghanistan was Corporal Bryan Budd, 29, of 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, who was killed when he single-handedly stormed a Taliban position in Sangin in August 2006.

    The last living person to receive the VC was L/Cpl Johnson Beharry, of the 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, after he twice saved the lives of colleagues while under enemy fire in Iraq in 2004.

    The VC is the British military's highest recognition for gallantry and was first bestowed on troops during the Crimean war of 1854 and 1855.

    The medal is made by London jewellers Messrs Hancock from the bronze of cannons captured from Russian troops at the siege of Sevastopol during the war.

    Along with the nine members of the British military to have received the Victoria Cross since World War II, there have been four Australians recipients, all for bravery during the Vietnam conflict.

    In the 1990s Australia, New Zealand and Canada started issuing their own Victoria Cross medals in place of the UK award. And to date, three Australian and one New Zealand VC have been awarded.

    BBC News - Soldier 'died protecting colleagues'

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  7. pierce09

    pierce09 Member

    Medic’s bravery during Taliban attack honoured

    A Platoon medic’s actions in Helmand, which saw him push forward and treat his fellow soldiers who had been injured after a Taliban rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack, have earned him a Military Cross. A softly spoken soldier of The Mercian Regiment, Corporal Craig Adkin was on his second tour of Afghanistan last July when he was tasked to act as platoon medic for A Company as they took part in Operation PANTHER’S CLAW. As part of the operation, Corporal Adkin was on foot patrol with his Company in Babaji, Helmand province when RPGs began raining down on them and several of his colleagues were immediately injured, caught in the blast and hail of shrapnel debris. For Cpl Adkin this was the signal to get to work and his citation states that he immediately pushed forward to locate the casualties, exposing himself to great danger in the process: "At the end of the day it’s my job," Cpl Adkin said. "I have to get to my place of work and my place of work is where the casualties are." Recalling the incident, Cpl Adkin explained what happened on the day: "I had to get up and run forward. "I can remember the RPG hitting the tree. As I was coming around the bund line [small embankment in a field] the RPG hit the tree directly parallel to me so I had a quick look at myself to make sure that I wasn’t hit. I remember I laughed when I realised I was OK. "Then I ran in to cover and just as I got in to cover I heard the casualty screaming." The citation for his Military Cross states that Cpl Adkin, having assessed the situation, decided to run across 100 metres of open ground under fire in order to reach and treat the casualties: "I just got up and run towards the shouting, got to the casualty and gave initial first aid," Cpl Adkin explained. "We were still out in the open then so I dragged him down onto the ground and carried on with the first aid. "I tried to put a drip in and as I did, two rounds whizzed past in between us; so it was a case of OK grab him and drag him into cover. "It was then that a couple of other lads came over and helped me and we CasEvaced [evacuated] him back to a safe area and from there back to the HLS [helicopter landing site]." Knowing that further casualties remained in the killing area, Cpl Adkin realised he had to go out again in the line of fire to ’do his job’ and tend to the casualties. Cpl Adkin summed it up: "When I was down there it came over the net that we still had a casualty out in the field so I had to run back over open ground to get to the other casualty and then get him back. It was quite an interesting day. "It is certainly something that I won’t forget in a hurry. But there were days like that all the time when we came under contact." His citation records that due to his actions that day all casualties were safely extracted and the insurgent position destroyed. It goes on to add that his selfless and courageous actions have undoubtedly saved lives during the tour and he has placed himself in the most dangerous areas throughout. On hearing he would receive the Military Cross, Cpl Adkin’s first reaction was shock. At first he was unsure why he was being singled out for an honour: "I’m proud that I have got it but I don’t feel that I won it as an individual," he said. "I feel we won it as a troop as all the lads work hard as a group. "That day was a pretty rough day for us, we took a lot of casualties in one hit so it was a lot of running back and forwards to get casualties off the ground. "I’ve spoken to a couple of the guys who had treatment and came back out to us. They all say that I deserve it and seem genuinely pleased but as I say it is an award for all of us." Later on in the tour, Cpl Adkin himself became a casualty, losing his right leg from the knee down in a grenade attack while he was helping to build a forward operating base: "Two hand grenades were thrown over the wall," he explained. "The first one hit my leg... the second grenade landed a bit further away. They both came over in quick succession." The soldier also suffered shrapnel wounds and had to have one of his thumbs re-attached but is now walking again and positive about the future: "I am getting there. I’m looking forward to getting my running leg and just advancing. It’s only a flesh wound," Corporal Adkin said. A total of 146 members of the Armed Forces and one civilian received honours and awards as part of the Operational Awards List No 34, which covers actions during the period from 1 April to 30 September. The Military Cross is awarded in recognition of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land.

    I served with Pip in Garmsir, Afghanistan in 2007 and he's one hell of a lovely and selfless guy. [​IMG]
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  8. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    A British soldier who died in southern Afghanistan last year as he protected his colleagues from a grenade blast is to be awarded the Victoria Cross.

    The UK's top gallantry medal will go to L/Cpl James Ashworth, 23, of Kettering, Northamptonshire, who was serving with 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

    BBC News - Victoria Cross for Afghan hero L/Cpl James Ashworth
  9. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek

    A British soldier who died in southern Afghanistan last year as he protected his colleagues from a grenade blast is to be awarded the Victoria Cross.

    The UK's top gallantry medal will go to L/Cpl James Ashworth, 23, of Kettering, Northamptonshire, who was serving with 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

    BBC News - Victoria Cross for Afghan hero L/Cpl James Ashworth
  10. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    see post #46.
    D already posted
  11. rockape252

    rockape252 Senior Member

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  12. rockape252

    rockape252 Senior Member


    Cpl Hayden 1 Squadron, RAF Regiment, Military Cross.

    See RAF corporal who rescued dying friend in Iraq is first airman to be awarded Military Cross | Mail Online

    An RAF soldier who charged through a hail of enemy bullets to rescue a fatally wounded comrade in Iraq has become the first airman ever to be awarded the Military Cross.

    Corporal David Hayden of 1 Squadron RAF Regiment showed 'the most outstanding courage' during a fierce firefight outside Basra last August.

    The incident, known as the 'Battle of Al-Waki', came when his patrol was ambushed, outnumbered and pinned down.

    He dashed across open ground under heavy fire from an estimated 50 gunmen to try to save a friend, opening fire and killing at least one of the enemy as he ran.

    Leading Aircraftman Martin Beard, aged 20, was shot by insurgent gunmen and died from his injuries - despite Cpl Hayden's astonishing bravery in carrying him to safety.

    After receiving his medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace yesterday, Cpl Hayden, from Spalding in Lincolnshire, insisted he was 'no hero', and dedicated the award to other members of his unit.

    It is the first time the Military Cross has been awarded to an RAF airman. The medal was previously only awarded to officers, but was made available to other ranks in the early 1990s.

    Regards, Mick D.

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  13. rockape252

    rockape252 Senior Member


    SAC Wharton 1 Squadron RAF Regiment. MID.

    See RAF Regiment -X News Page for the RAF Regiment, all the latest Royal Air Force Regiment News

    "Iraq Al-Waki."

    While LAC Beard was being rescued, SAC Wharton was the heavy machine-gunner providing covering fire from one of just two weapons-mounted Land Rovers in the area.

    As such he was completely exposed in his unarmoured, open-topped vehicle. Suddenly he was hit in the chest by a ricocheting enemy round, knocking him from off his vehicle.

    Despite this he recovered his position and continued to provide accurate covering fire for almost an hour while his injured colleagues were rescued and others exited the fire fight.

    His citation read: “There can be no question that Wharton’s action was instrumental in contributing to the eventual withdrawal of the enemy, the successful evacuation of the casualties and the safe extraction of his colleagues.

    Without Wharton’s exceptional courage, determination and skill, the outcome could have been very different.”

    Regards, Mick D.
  14. rockape252

    rockape252 Senior Member


    Flt Lt Carter, RAF Regiment, Military Cross. Afghanistan.

    See RAF Regiment News Page 2

    "II Sqn RAF Regiment"

    "On 4 June 2006, Flight Lieutenant Matthew Carter of the Royal Air Force Regiment was deployed with 16 Assault Brigade on an operation against a suspected Taliban compound outside the town of Now Zad in Helmand Province.

    During the first of three contacts, he coordinated and directed close and accurate Attack Helicopter fire support with devastating results for Taliban ground troops.

    During the last contact, he left his vehicle fearlessly exposing himself to significant risk as he forced his way to the front of the fire-fight to join the forward troops.

    This enabled him to direct aerial cannon fire against a determined enemy 30 metres in front of him.

    This risk was essential given the ferocious weight of the incoming fire from the Taliban.

    "His direction of these engagements proved critical, destroying the enemy location completely on one occasion. He remained with the lead dismounted elements of Patrols Platoon and took part in the immediate compound clearance.

    During this time Carter repeatedly exposed himself to a significant chance of being killed and, because of this gallant behaviour in supporting his unit he enabled the Patrols Platoon to regain the initiative.

    "On 14 July Carter participated in a Battle Group operation to capture or kill a high value Taliban leader.

    During the insertion to the helicopter landing site the first wave of Chinook helicopters were heavily engaged by Taliban machine gun and RPG fire causing the aircraft to lift off again, after only 20 seconds on the ground.

    Fearing being left behind on the aircraft, Carter jumped some 15 feet from the tail ramp into the darkness, realising the vital role he had to play in calling in air support to suppress the enemy.

    Immediately he got into the cover of a nearby ditch and called in an aircraft to destroy the principal threat of an enemy machine gun. He controlled the aircraft's heavy attacks, which were close to his own location and destroyed the Taliban position only a few metres away.

    This significant and gallant contribution by Flight Lieutenant Carter proved to be decisive by allowing the remaining aircraft to land the rest of the Battle Group to complete the mission successfully. For this act of selfless bravery he is awarded the Military Cross."

    Regards, Mick D.
  15. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    British soldier to receive posthumous VC for bravery in Afghanistan
    A British soldier who gave his life to save his comrades is to be awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in Afghanistan.
    Lance Corporal James Ashworth, 23, was on patrol with the Reconnaissance Platoon of 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province when they were engaged in battle with Taliban fighters on June 13 last year.
    British soldier to receive posthumous VC for bravery in Afghanistan - Telegraph
  16. The Cooler King

    The Cooler King Elite Member


    Bravery honours are to be awarded to 15 Royal Marines and one soldier from Arbroath-based 45 Commando for their actions in Afghanistan.Two of the heroism awards are going to Marine Steven Nethery and Cpl Bradley Malone who were both awarded Conspicuous Gallantry Crosses (CGCs).
    Marine Nethery, 23, from Edinburgh, dragged an injured colleague out of the firing line and carried him to safety.
    Cpl Malone, 23, from Newcastle, ran into a battlefield to save a comrade.
    Marine Nethery's troop had been ambushed by Taliban fighters and a fellow marine was shot in the leg.
    The marine ran to him, unarmed, dragged him out of the firing line, salvaged his equipment to prevent it falling into enemy hands, then carried him 250 yards to safety. :army: (From 2009).
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  18. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    BBC News - Military Cross for 'cool-headed' soldier

    A soldier who "kept a cool head under fierce fire" as he led a 200m charge across open ground in Afghanistan has been awarded the Military Cross.

    Capt Mike Dobbin, 28, of the Grenadier Guards, is among 118 people recognised in the latest military honours.

    He led his soldiers to defeat the enemy against the odds on four occasions.

    They included the incident that killed L/Cpl James Ashworth, who was this week awarded the UK's top gallantry medal, the Victoria Cross (VC).

    Now his platoon commander has been honoured with the Military Cross.

    Enemy territory
    Capt Dobbin, from Reigate, Surrey, led the attack in the face of machine gun fire just metres away.

    In another incident, deep in enemy territory, part of the platoon found themselves seven metres away from four armed insurgents and a fierce firefight ensued with Capt Dobbin charging forward to drive the enemy away.

    His citation hails his "repeated courage at pivotal moments" saying his "cool head under fierce fire inspired his men to succeed when the odds were most against them".

    "He never once flinched from danger and always led from the front," it says.

    Capt Dobbin said it was "tragic" that units were not given honours or awards "because there's lots of guys that go unrecognised for amazing feats of bravery".

    "Whenever I put that medal on, I will absolutely think of every man who was on the platoon those days."

    Sgt Roy Geddes, of the RAF Regiment, has also been awarded the Military Cross after he helped to fight off a group of insurgents who attacked Camp Bastion in September.

    Sgt Geddes, from Elgin, Moray, who was praised for breathing "fire into the spirit of his men", continued in the battle despite receiving a knee injury when a rocket-propelled grenade hit one of his vehicles.

    And L/Cpl Lawrence Kayser, 27, from 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment, received the Military Cross for "exceptionally gallant actions" which "undoubtedly saved a potentially disastrous situation" when his platoon suddenly came under enemy fire in Helmand.

    L/Cpl Kayser, from Bulford, Wiltshire, leapt from a ditch and charged at Taliban insurgents, fighting them at close quarters in his platoon's compound.

    He drove the insurgents out despite wounding his arm when he was hit by shrapnel from a grenade.

    "I'm humbled but I have seen a lot of brave actions in theatre so I'm not sure I'm worthy of it," he said.

    "I've never been a medal man but my parents are ecstatic."

    Multiple casualties
    Army medic L/Cpl Abbie Martin, meanwhile, has been awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service after running across open ground while under fire to treat a dying comrade.

    L/Cpl Martin, who at the time was a private, was on her first patrol.

    Days later, she treated multiple casualties after a grenade blast and saved all the injured.

    Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the bravery and commitment of members of the armed forces remained "unswerving".

    "Whether fighting for our security on operations abroad or rescuing mountaineers and sailors within the British Isles, they deserve our gratitude and respect.

    "I hope that the awards announced today go some way to underlining how much this country values the efforts and sacrifices of our armed forces."

    BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said many of those awarded honours were fighting in the heat of Helmand last summer.

    It was a tour that had already been remembered for one act of supreme courage by L/Cpl Ashworth who sacrificed his life to take out an enemy sniper, he added.

    L/Cpl Ashworth - the first recipient of the VC since 2006 - was chasing a sniper protected by covering fire when he was shot in Helmand.

    A report on his actions said his platoon had broken up a sharpshooter team and he was alone in pursuing the one remaining member.

    L/Cpl Ashworth died as he was about to throw a grenade.

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  19. rockape252

    rockape252 Senior Member


    As well as Sgt Geddes MC.

    Not forgetting:

    Mention in Despatches

    - Cpl K LEE – 51 Sqn RAF Regt - For Gallantry

    Joint Commander’s Commendations

    - Sqn Ldr K M McMURDO – OC 51 Sqn RAF Regt.

    - Cpl L G CHIVERS – 2 Sqn RAF Regt.

    - Cpl M T SMYTH – 51 Sqn RAF Regt.

    - LCpl P STURGESS – 2 Sqn RAF Regt.

    Bloody well done all.

    Per Ardua.

    Regards, Mick D.

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  20. rockape252

    rockape252 Senior Member


    I found this photograph on one of my systems, I downloaded it off ServicePals website courtesy of Bill Bailey.

    Bill Bailey was an RAF MT Mechanic who served with the RAF Regiment, Aden Protectorate Levies (APL) and said he often drove a Ferret Armoured Car on Ops because of a shortage of regiment drivers.

    The picture "RAF-Regt-Legend.jpg" shows some of the crews and the medals they where awarded for gallantry.

    The text in plain

    "Amongst the many awards for gallant conduct awarded to the RAF Regiment are those to Sargent John Molyneux MM.

    Sargent Molyneux served with No 10 (Armoured Car) Squadron, Aden Protectorate Levies and in one particular engagement against Yemeni Army Forces in February 1957 at Neg`d Merghid in the Wadu Mablaqa on the northern frontier with the Yemen, Flight Lieutant L G Calvert and Sargent Molyneux won the Military Cross and Military Medal respectively.

    The medals won by Sargent Molyneux consist of

    The Military Medal.
    1939 - 45 Star.
    Africa Star.
    Italy Star.
    War Medal 1939 -45.
    General Service Medal with Arabian Peninsula Clasp"

    The picture quality is as I downloaded.

    Regards, Mick D.

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