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Oldest gallantry award for stand-out soldier

April 5, 2013

A soldier who went to live in Spain and joined the British Army’s Royal Gibraltar Regiment has been awarded a Mention in Despatches.

Private Liam Downs of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment

Private Liam Downs of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment [Picture: Crown copyright]

Private Liam Downs, aged 24, was on his first operational tour of Afghanistan and attached to 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment when he consistently put himself in harm’s way to support his comrades under enemy fire.

On 21 June 2012, Private Downs’ company deployed from Patrol Base Pimon in Nad ‘Ali on a mission to disrupt a notorious enemy safe haven. The insurgents in this area were a particularly aggressive group, well-armed and veterans of years of fighting.

As Private Downs and his patrol pressed forward they came under heavy fire from an isolated compound. Though sheltered, they only had minutes before the insurgents would outflank them and the only escape was to cross open ground for better cover…

Continues at: GOV.UK – Oldest gallantry award for stand-out soldier

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2013 20:33

    My felicitations, buddy, for your ability on duty, for saving other comrades risking your live.
    Your sacrifices are nobles for be aimed to make your duty with a particular humanity, that surmont those required normally. I thanks and honor men like you. claudio alpaca

  2. THE MO AND JO TEAM permalink
    April 6, 2013 16:56

    CONGRATS ON YOUR AWARD LIAM, JOB WELL DONE. FROM THE MO AND JO TEAM SOMERSET

  3. benjamas masida permalink
    April 6, 2013 18:04

    เก่งมากๆๆ คุณทำได้ดีมากๆๆ ขอชมเชย

  4. Alan permalink
    April 7, 2013 01:51

    Proud of you all. Hope you like this…

    ZULU (The battle of Rorke’s Drift) by Alan Gray

    “Zulu’s attacking, hundreds Sir” the sentry did report

    “Hundreds?” said Bromhead glass to his eye

    “Dear chap you missed off a nought !”

    So swiftly they came where none stood before

    out of the grass they appeared

    Big giant fellows muscled and lithe

    Banging hide shields with short handled spears

    Transfixed by the sight fear in our eyes

    the Sergeant cried out “fix bayonets”

    “You’re British” he said “let’s see some pride”

    and my heart danced a jig in my tunic

    The order “fire !” was barked in our ears

    Brave Zulu’s fell like Martyrs

    Our barrels glowed with bullets expelled

    and the Boer said “that’s for starters”

    Words rang true relentless they came

    engulfing the red with the brown

    The blood of the brave was spilt on that day

    like seeds on hallowed ground

    Night brought respite exhausted we lay

    nursing our wounds like sick dogs

    Zulu’s had gone quick as the came

    drifting away like a fog

    Morning came like a thief in the night

    stealing our dreams as we slept

    Brave were the men who stood for the fight

    so few seemed so inept

    For as the sun crept over the hills

    and warmed us with his breath

    Ten thousand Zulu we espied swathed in silhouette

    Hearts they sank from our mouths to our boots

    as we looked on with intrepid fear

    When an old Zulu chief from afar waved his shield

    we sensed that our ending was near

    Then strange things occurred, did the Lord intervene

    or was it a dream we implored

    For the Zulu’s turned from the front to the rear

    leaving us lonely standing in awe

    Up went a cheer gallant men wept

    for the pure gift of life they received

    “Bloody British” the old Boer muttered

    It’s heroes they’ve reprieved, it’s heroes they’ve reprieved…

    Hi, wrote this a few year ago. Hope you like it…

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