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Somerset Royal Marine awarded Military Cross

WO1 Matthew Tomlinson
WO1 Tomlinson now serves with 1 Assault Group Royal Marines

A Royal Marine from Somerset who helped save comrades' lives in Afghanistan has received the Military Cross.

WO1 Matthew Tomlinson, 43, of Street, was in a convoy of armoured vehicles in Helmand when one of them hit a mine.

"Oblivious to his safety...he ran to the stricken vehicle, which was on fire, and helped rescue the troops in the back," his MoD citation read.

He received his medal from the Prince of Wales at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

WO1 Tomlinson said: ""I am very proud and feel highly-honoured to be recognised with the Military Cross.

"However, I must say that these were tragic circumstances. Also I could not have acted with the confidence I did without the assurance that I had a top team behind me.

"I know that if my Viking had been hit, then I know the lads would have acted in exactly the same way," he added.

He now serves with 1 Assault Group Royal Marines at HM Naval Base Devonport in Plymouth as a landing craft advisor to 300 Marines.

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