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Young Bromsgrove soldier receives Military Cross

Pte Alex Kennedy
Pte Alex Kennedy crawled to the injured soldier

A Worcestershire soldier has become one of the youngest military personnel to receive the Military Cross.

Pte Alex Kennedy, of Bromsgrove, was 18 when his company came under fire in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He gave first aid to a soldier who was shot.

The Mercian Regiment soldier had had six months' experience in the Army.

His citation said he acted "with a level of leadership and situational awareness far above that expected of a private soldier".

Pte Kennedy was involved in his company's deliberate operation to clear an area of Garmsir.

He crawled to the injured man, who was shot through the legs, to administer first aid.

Pte Kennedy took control of colleagues and the enemy was suppressed, allowing the injured man to be extracted and other soldiers to move into cover.



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