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Soldier honoured for fingertip search for bombs

April 3, 2011

A young soldier, who carried out a fingertip search for Taliban bombs, to rescue injured comrades from a heavily mined alley in southern Afghanistan, has been awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.

Private Daniel Hellings Queen's Gallantry Medal. Mercian Regiment. Picture: British Forces News

19-year-old Private Daniel Hellings was on patrol with Afghan soldiers in Helmand province, in September last year, when a bomb went off in the 10-foot wide alleyway in a village near their base. The initial blast injured 2 of his colleagues and a 3rd when a further IED was detonated only yards from where Private Hellings was stood.

Pte Hellings was ordered to withdraw from the alley by his commander, but realised there was no time to find an alternative route to recover the casualties and volunteered to return to the task. Hellings then continued to clear the ground towards his injured colleagues in order to give life-saving first aid and help evacuate them away from the area.

The citation for Private Hellings stated that he demonstrated a level of courage and ability far beyond that which could be expected of his years, rank and experience. Story: British Forces News.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2011 16:29

    Heroes helping heroes! I am always humbled when I hear of the inspirational and selfless actions that troops are willing to do to support each in times of need. To go back and assist his fallen friends who were in need of first aid is outstanding, but not that hard to understand. He demonstrated the tenacity, commitment and fortitude under extremely challenging conditions for which our armed forces are renowned world wide! We salute you Daniel!

  2. Adam Stringer permalink
    April 3, 2011 17:16

    A medal should only be a small part of what he shoulkd receive. This just shows that the British Army teach leadership and teamwork and his brave soldier has proved they teach it well. You have my support however and wherever you are serving. Keep up the great work.

  3. Jim permalink
    April 3, 2011 17:31

    Well done that man, well deserved and more. This is the stuff that makes us proud.
    Stay safe lad.
    Ex 1 Para

  4. Helga permalink
    April 3, 2011 20:21

    Well done Daniel, shows just how high the standard is among the young people in our forces. How come this sort of heroism rarely makes it into the public domain without
    “celebrities” getting their share of the publicity. No wonder we can be proud when young people like this are helping their colleagues without putting themselves first. Best of British.

  5. Mary Francis permalink
    April 4, 2011 14:34

    Daniel, as a mother of a soldier who returned from Afghanistan just 2 days ago I want to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart, knowing there are soldiers like you makes us families feel safer when our lads are on tour.
    I am delighted that your outstanding bravery has been recognised and rewarded. Your family must be so, so proud as we all are.
    Wishing you a long and successful career and yes we salute you Daniel.

  6. lesley permalink
    June 12, 2011 22:45

    so proud of my son for recieving this medal,of course there are thousands of soldiers over there at any one time and in my eyes as well as my boy they are all heroes

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