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Military Honours: UK Heroes Hailed For Bravery
A soldier who single-handedly saved Afghan and Danish soldiers from a booby-trapped explosives factory has been recognised for his bravery in the latest round of military honours.
Some 117 people from all three services are included in the latest Operational Honours list, announced at the Tower of London.
They include Warrant Officer Andy Peat, a high threat explosive ordnance disposal operator, who received the George Medal for his role when he was attached to a task force of a Danish Special Forces unit with Afghan partners.
The 39-year-old, from Edinburgh, was on an operation to search a suspected homemade explosive factory when one of the Danish soldiers triggered a device on a compound roof.
WO Peat cleared a route to the man while urging the other soldiers to stay still to avoid triggering other bombs.
When he reached the soldier he realised there was another trigger wire underneath him. Tracing it to an improvised explosive device (IED) hidden under a nearby stone, he disarmed it and cleared a safe route.
Alongside him, Corporal Oliver Bainbridge, who has been blown up at least three times during his career, was awarded the Military Cross for a "display of personal courage, selfless commitment and inspired leadership".
The 25-year-old, from the Royal Dragoon Guards, was the commander of an armoured Jackal vehicle leading a convoy in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when it hit an IED, catapulting the gunner from the turret and injuring the driver.
Cpl Bainbridge grabbed the injured driver, dragging him to the crater made by the bomb, while ordering the others to take cover as well.
Later, he returned to the damaged Jackal to recover any sensitive equipment, spending two hours making sure there was nothing that could be taken by insurgents.
After staying overnight nearby, Cpl Bainbridge returned for a third time, overseeing the recovery of the vehicle, while still being shot at.
Another recipient of the Military Cross, which is awarded to all ranks in recognition of exemplary gallantry, was Acting Lance Corporal Tuljung Gurung, from The Royal Gurkha Rifles.
He was shot in the helmet by an Afghan insurgent, avoided being blown up by a grenade, then took the insurgent on in hand-to-hand combat.
Announcing the awards, Commander of Land Forces Lieutenant General Sir Adrian Bradshaw applauded the recipients for their bravery and courage.
He said: "I am humbled by the achievements of our servicemen and women. Collectively, they have proved with good people you can achieve anything."