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Friday, December 15, 2006

A hero soldier who died saving seven comrades from Taleban gunfire has been awarded the prestigious Victoria Cross. Corporal Bryan Budd, 29, was killed when he single-handedly stormed a Taleban position. Amazingly the BBC in reporting this story has some footage that generally seems to honour our soldiers.

Corporal Bryan Budd, 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan on 20 August 2006 . He was leading his section when a planned element of surprise was lost.

"In order to regain the initiative, Corporal Budd decided to assault the enemy and ordered his men to follow him. As they moved forward the section came under a withering fire that incapacitated three of his men. The continued enemy fire and these losses forced the section to take cover. But, Corporal Budd continued the assault on his own, knowing full well the likely consequences of doing so without the close support of his remaining men. He was wounded but continued to move forward, attacking and killing the enemy as he rushed their position. Inspired by Corporal Budd's example, the rest of the platoon reorganised and pushed forward their attack, eliminating more of the enemy and eventually forcing their withdrawal. Corporal Budd subsequently died of his wounds, and when his body was later recovered it was found surrounded by three dead Taliban.

Truly humbling.

The Ministry of Defence has announced another 132 awards, covering operations all round the world by all three services, for the period 1 April to 30 September 2006. It includes the Military Cross awarded to Private Michelle Norris who without pausing for a second to consider her own safety, jumped on to the turret of a Warrior to aid the badly-injured vehicle commander as a sniper fired at her.

Heroes every one.

For the full list of awards, you can click here.


At Friday, 15 December, 2006, Blogger Malcolm said...

A true hero. Died fighting our enemies. My Grandfather was awarded the Military Cross fighting on the Somme.
My great, great Uncle Lieutenant Nevill Josiah Aylmer Coghill was awarded a VC at Isandlwana in S. Africa in the Natal.
My whole family, until me, fought for our Nation, now our Nation is almost no longer worth the effort.

At Friday, 15 December, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

No i think it is. This guy is a hero and he didnt die in vain. I could never think that no matter what problems under Labour we face today. Im very proud to be English. Wonderful family history you have there!

At Saturday, 16 December, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OF course this country is worth it!!


I was on the way to work when I read this account of this brave soldier. He saved 7 of his comrades, he went out in to the open with his weapon on automatic fire spraying everywhere in to enemy positions, and scarficed his own life.

Almost had a tear in my eye on the way to work!


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