September 28, 2012

Soldiers Honoured for Afghanistan Battlefield Bravery

Rifleman Matthew Wilson has received the Military Cross
in the latest military operational honours.
Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA

Haroon Siddique | The Guardian | Thursday 27 September 2012 |  A soldier who got back up to help evacuate a wounded comrade after being knocked unconscious on the battlefield is among more than 100 service personnel awarded military honours for exceptional feats.

Rifleman Matthew Wilson, 21, was hit on his helmet during an ambush in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, last October. He came round after a few seconds with a throbbing headache but advanced into a firing position on open ground to protect an evacuation helicopter.

He said: "The first thing I thought was 'Can I see the firing position?' I thought I need to move somewhere else I can see it. I looked about 50 metres down the field … sprinted down there." (READ MORE)

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