Military Cross (MC): Lance Corporal Levi David ASHBY, Major Michael Patrick ASTON, Major Dominic Stead James BIDDICK MBE, Captain David Charles HICKS (killed in action), Corporal Robert William MOORE and Lance Corporal Oliver Scott RUECKER
Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM): Private Luke Cula NADRIVA
Captain David Hicks, whose courage under fire was publicised around the world when he died while leading his men against the Taliban, was posthumously awarded the Military Cross. The Captain refused morphine after being severely wounded, and refused to leave his post until he could no longer take part in the battle against the Taliban.
Link> BBC: Bravery award for British soldier
Lt Col Carver said: “I think that the total of 78 awards for the Battalion, ranging from Military Crosses to COMBRITFOR Commendations is a fitting tribute to all of the hard work and sacrifice the Battalion put into OP HERRICK 6. I am particularly pleased with winning 6 Military Crosses. In 44 years of Regimental history only 4 have been won, none of which while serving with the 1st Battalion; this puts into context how demanding the tour was, and that the efforts and achievements of the Battalion as well as the individual acts of gallantry have been recognised.”
Congratulations to the courageous medal winners and to all the heroes of the Royal Anglian Regiment! You make us proud!
Link> EDP24: Top honours for the Anglian heroes
Link> BBC: Record number earn Military Cross
Link> MoD: Operational Honours and Awards List
Link> MoD: Afghanistan honours "reflect the actions of all"
Link> MoD: Medals "a symbol of the achievement of our soldiers"
Link> The Sun: 184 medals for bravest soldiers
Link> The Guardian: Highest number of Military Crosses awarded since WW2
Link> The Times: Soldier who was shot twice as he saved colleague is honoured