British soldier to receive posthumous VC for bravery in Afghanistan – Telegraph

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.

Fighting inside a number of enemy-held compounds, he intentionally put himself in the line of fire, saving the lives of others as a result.

He was said to have been at pains to ensure no civilians were at risk of being hit, but he himself was killed by the blast from a grenade.

His award will be announced next week.

L/Cpl Ashworth was 17 when he joined the British Army in 2006.

via British soldier to receive posthumous VC for bravery in Afghanistan – Telegraph.

Well done, and Rest In Peace.

One interesting bit of trivia. Victoria Crosses are cast from the metal of cannons captured from the Russians during the Crimean War.

2 thoughts on “British soldier to receive posthumous VC for bravery in Afghanistan – Telegraph”

  1. Godspeed him.

    A change in the UK honour system is that the VC and “mentioned in dispatches” are no longer the only awards that can be granted posthumously.
    ISTR this changed in 1979, and was confirmed in the 1993 shake-up.

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