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Posthumous honour for young soldier
Kelan Turrington
Fusilier Turrington had been in the army for two years
One of the youngest British soldiers to die in the Gulf conflict has been honoured for his bravery and service during the war in Iraq.

Fusilier Kelan Turrington, from Haslingfield in Cambridgeshire was killed on 6 April as British forces made a final push into Basra.

The 18-year-old has been given a posthumous mention in dispatches as some 350 servicemen and women were honoured by the Queen for their actions during the conflict.

Fusilier Turrington is one of more than 30 in the eastern region honoured for their bravery.

OTHER AWARDS
Sergeant Nathan Bell, Ipswich, Suffolk - The Parachute Regiment -Military Cross
Sergeant Mark Heley, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire - Corps of Royal Engineers - Military Cross
Warrant officer Class 2 Rupert Banfield, Ipswich, Suffolk - Army Air Corps - Distinguished Flying Cross
Group Captain Kevin Havelock, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire - Royal Air Force - Air Force Cross

Air Chief Marshall Brian Burridge from Olney in Buckinghamshire became a Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (KCB).

The 54-year-old led the British forces in Iraq.

He said: "All of us honoured today were but individual members of what was a genuine team."

Of those who received posthumous awards, Air Chief Marshall Brian Burridge said: "They made the ultimate sacrifice for their country."

"We must not forget them or their friends or their family."




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