OUR HERO

EMBARGOED UNTIL 0001HRS FRIDAY 25TH MARCH 2011.''Lance Sergeant Christopher Leyden who lives in Catterick is to receive a Mention in Despatches for displaying great courage under fire during an incident in which two colleagues were shot, while serving in Afghanistan.''One hundred and thirty-six Service men and women have been named in the latest military Operational Honours and Awards list, released today, March 25th, 2011. The awards, which will be presented in a formal ceremony by the Queen at a later date, are for actions of bravery, gallantry, and leadership during OP HERRICK 12 (April 1, 2010 to September 31, 2010) in Afghanistan.''The announcement of the list was made public on Friday 25th March 2011 where a selection of recipients were invited to speak with the media about their awards.''NOTE TO DESKS: 'MoD release authorised handout images. 'All images remain crown copyright. 'Photo credit to read - Corporal Steve Blake RLC
EMBARGOED UNTIL 0001HRS FRIDAY 25TH MARCH 2011.''Lance Sergeant Christopher Leyden who lives in Catterick is to receive a Mention in Despatches for displaying great courage under fire during an incident in which two colleagues were shot, while serving in Afghanistan.''One hundred and thirty-six Service men and women have been named in the latest military Operational Honours and Awards list, released today, March 25th, 2011. The awards, which will be presented in a formal ceremony by the Queen at a later date, are for actions of bravery, gallantry, and leadership during OP HERRICK 12 (April 1, 2010 to September 31, 2010) in Afghanistan.''The announcement of the list was made public on Friday 25th March 2011 where a selection of recipients were invited to speak with the media about their awards.''NOTE TO DESKS: 'MoD release authorised handout images. 'All images remain crown copyright. 'Photo credit to read - Corporal Steve Blake RLC

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.