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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 April, 2004, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK
Gulf War honours for servicemen
Captain Paul Lynch
Captain Paul Lynch was among those honoured
Six soldiers have been awarded medals at Buckingham Palace for their service during the war in Iraq.

The servicemen received military gallantry medals or OBEs from the Prince of Wales for their "courage and cool heads under fire".

Among them was Captain Paul Lynch, of Arbroath-based 45 Commando, who was awarded the Military Cross for his role in the attacks on the Al-Faw peninsula.

He led his outnumbered Royal Marines in a successful assault against the enemy.

Lieutenant Toby Rider, of the Royal Engineers, was also awarded the Military Cross for his bomb disposal work in Iraq.


The troop commander, from Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, worked for 30 hours to remove Iraqi detonators rigged to a bridge in North Ramayla.

Another soldier awarded the Military Cross was Corporal John Rose, of the Black Watch, who helped repel an enemy grenade attack with mortar fire.

Tornado pilot David Knowles won the Distinguished Flying Cross for his role in the first operational flight in the opening seconds of the Gulf War.

The 617 squadron leader at RAF Lossiemouth dodged surface-to-air missiles and pressed home two counter-attacks despite being critically short of fuel.

Tornado navigator John Turner also won the Distinguished Flying Cross for his role in Operation Telic during the opening of the war.

The 12 squadron leader based at RAF Lossiemouth was recognised for leading a daring air raid on a surface-to-air missile facility in Baghdad.

Navy Commander Paul Burke was awarded an OBE for his leadership on board HMS Splendid, based at Faslane, while in the Gulf.

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