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Military Cross group to 25218279 Pte. Aaron Holmes, 2nd Bn., Mercian Regt.

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Military Cross group to 25218279 Pte. Aaron Holmes, 2nd Bn., Mercian Regt.

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He had walked into an enemy ambush and was trapped in a ditch under fire from the Taliban.

His comrade had been shot, but Private Aaron Holmes managed to stay calm and rescue his dead friend.

This remarkable act of bravery yesterday earned 19 year old Pte. Holmes, of Stourport, the Military Cross.

Here he describes the moment he was surrounded by Taliban fighters, with a gun which had stopped working and no ammunition.

‘We walked into an ambush, it started in the morning when we were taking a compound’, he said.

‘It was an enemy ambush, everyone ran for cover.’

‘There was me, Guardsman Daryl Hickey and Corporal Buzzard. We got stuck in a ditch together but the rest of the section made it into the compound still taking incoming enemy fire.’

‘Then Hickey got shot, he was behind me.’

‘Buzzard managed to get round the back of the compound. Then my light machine gun gave up so I crawled forwards to get a rifle which another soldier had dropped.’

‘Then I ran out of ammo so I called back to Hickey, who was dead by then.’

Pte Holmes then tried to get his comrade out of the compound.

‘I grabbed him and fired at the Taliban, I got him into the stream and got him out.’

After this Pte Holmes Went back to the compound where his friend had just been shot to continue fighting.

‘We went back in to take the rest of it and we did’ he said.


Includes photo of presentation to Queen.


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