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Military honours for UK services

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More than 100 personnel from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and the Army have been honoured in the armed forces' latest Operational Awards List.

While many of those recognised fought in Afghanistan earlier this year as part of 3 Commando Brigade task force, there are also honours for UK- and Iraq-based service men and women.

Below are details on some of the recipients.

LT COL JAMES MORRIS, ROYAL MARINES - DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER
Lt Col James Morris

Lt Col Morris receives the DSO after leading 1,000 men spread out over 40km of the harsh Afghan countryside during 3 Commando Brigade's six-month deployment from October 2008.

The award recognises Lt Col Morris for being frequently on patrol, as well as being a "tireless champion" for their welfare.

Lt Col Morris' citation recognises him as leading from the front, while "facing constant danger".

ACTING CORPORAL BRADLEY MALONE, ROYAL MARINES - CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY CROSS
A/Cpl Bradley Malone

A/Cpl Malone, 23, is awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross after displaying "fighting prowess and gallantry".

The Newcastle man left his protected position to cross open ground to go to the assistance of his Troop Sergeant, Keith Tompkins, who had become "pinned down" by enemy fire.

"You don't think about anything at the time, no emotions, you just get on with it," said Cpl Malone.

MARINE STEVEN NETHERY - CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY CROSS
Marine Steven Nethery

Marine Nethery, 23 from Edinburgh, ran unarmed into a firefight to save a wounded comrade, Marine Mark Hendry, who had been shot in the leg following a Taliban ambush.

Marine Nethery dragged the wounded man out of the firing line before going back to stop his equipment falling into enemy hands, then carrying marine Hendry 250 yards to safety.

The Ministry of Defence said his bravery "undoubtedly saved lives".

WO2 BENJAMIN KELLY, PRINCESS OF WALES'S ROYAL REGIMENT - MILITARY CROSS
WO2 Benjamin Kelly

For 30 minutes, Warrant Officer Class 2 Benjamin Kelly attempted to recover the body of his colleague WO2 Gary O'Donnell, who had been killed while trying to defuse a home-made bomb in Afghanistan.

The citation reads: "Despite the intense pressure and the most traumatic circumstances, and in an area known to contain a significant IED [improvised explosive device] threat, Kelly's selfless actions and exceptional bravery enabled the recovery of a body and minimized the risk to all remaining Isaf forces."

ACTING CPL JOHN BALLANCE, ROYAL MARINES - MILITARY CROSS
A/Cpl John Ballance

Acting Corporal Ballance's Military Cross is being awarded in recognition of his efforts to clear a path through Taliban fire to get towards a group of casualties.

According to the Ministry of Defence, A/Cpl Ballance "repeatedly ran from cover into withering fire to manage the evacuation of a casualty and continue the battle".

SGT NOEL CONNOLLY, ROYAL MARINES - MILITARY CROSS
Sgt Noel Connolly, Royal Marines

Sgt Connolly is credited with saving many lives after rugby-tackling a would-be suicide bomber - who was understood to be about to detonate his motorbike - which was packed with explosives.

The citation for his Military Cross says Sgt Connolly "carried out a life-saving act of gallantry".

Others to receive the Military Cross include: Maj Richard Cantrill Royal Marines, Able Seaman Class 1 Kate Nesbitt Royal Navy, Lt James Adamson of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Gunner Grant Guy of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, A/Cpl Sean Keenan and A/Sgt Mark Powis, of The Rifles, L/Cpl Gajendra Rai of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, and Sgt Torben Sorensen and L/Cpl Colin Spooner of The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.

WO2 COLIN GRANT, ROYAL LOGISTICS CORPS - QUEEN'S GALLANTRY MEDAL
WO2 Colin Grant

While Warrant Officer Class 2 Colin Grant, from Kent, is recognised for his service as a bomb disposal expert in Afghanistan - more recently the 38-year-old found himself defusing a bomb closer to home.

He was called on to make safe a 600lb device discovered on the Northern Ireland border on 1 September.

But it was during his six-month tour in Afghanistan that he helped destroy up to 60 home-made bombs planted by the Taliban as well as the clearance of around 90 ammunition and explosives finds.



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