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Last Updated: Friday, 13 January 2006, 22:41 GMT
Troops scoop top Midlander award
Phillip Hewett, Leon Spicer and Richard Shearer (l-r)
Three of the regiment were killed in Iraq
The Staffordshire Regiment has won BBC Midlands Today's Midlander of the Year competition.

Thousands of people voted for the people in the region they thought had made a difference over the past year.

Other finalists were charity fundraisers and health campaigners but the regiment, who were sent to keep the peace in Iraq, were the winners.

Sergeant-Major Ian Mahan said it was a fantastic achievement for all of the soldiers and officers of the regiment.

Three of their soldiers were killed in a roadside attack.

Basra attack

The deaths of 2nd Lt Richard Shearer Pte Leon Spicer and Pte Phillip Hewitt came after their armoured Land Rovers were blown up by a roadside bomb.

Sue Smith, Pte Hewitt's mother, told Midlands Today: "I just know Philip, Richard and Leon would be so proud of what they've achieved."

The regiment received national publicity in September when two soldiers were pictured leaping from their burning Warrior troop carriers in the city of Basra.

A third soldier, the gunner, received 37% burns to his body.

Viewers also nominated Carmen Nash, who raised thousands of pounds for victims of the Boxing Day Tsunami, Dot Griffiths, who successfully campaigned to get the Herceptin cancer drug on the NHS in her home area, and Olivia Clark, who lost her arms and legs to meningitis.

The winners received their award at their barracks in Lichfield on Friday.


SEE ALSO:
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19 Apr 05 |  Staffordshire
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