A SOLDIER from Bellshill was hailed this week for his bravery in rescuing a comrade wounded by enemy fire in Afghanistan.
Lance Sergeant Christopher Leyden (28), of The Scots Guards, is to receive a Mention in Despatches for displaying great courage under fire after two comrades were shot.
The father-of-two was a section commander when his patrol came under accurate and heavy machine gun fire from three compounds 250 metres away.
Two patrol members were immediately hit but while most of the group made it to a nearby drainage ditch for cover, Christopher and one of the injured men were caught in open ground.
Having identified the insurgents’ firing points, Christopher returned accurate and aggressive fire, allowing his comrades to set up a fire-base and suppress the enemy before crawling to the wounded man to give first aid.
He then provided covering fire as a team moved in to evacuate the casualty - before he again crossed the 80-metre ‘killing area’ to retrieve a mission-essential piece of equipment left where the soldier had been shot.
For full story see March 31 edition of The Bellshill Speaker.