North East Wales

The Queen honours wounded Fusilier Shaun Stocker, 19

The Queen presents a medal to Fusilier Shaun Stocker at Chester Racecourse
Image caption After the presentation the Queen spoke at more length to Fusilier Stocker

The Queen has presented a medal to a teenage soldier who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan.

Fusilier Shaun Stocker, 19, of Wrexham, stepped on an explosive device six days from the end of his tour with the Royal Welsh Regiment.

After the presentation in front of thousands of people at Chester Racecourse, the Queen spoke to the soldier at a more intimate reception.

"It was an honour," said Fusilier Stocker, who was wounded in April.

The teenager said the Queen asked him how his recovery was going, and he told her he was hoping to get prosthetic limbs in the coming months.

He said he had explained to her how he had sustained his injuries while clearing a path for fellow soldiers.

"I was in the front of a group of soldiers," said Fusilier Stocker.

"I was scanning the area to make a path and I stepped on an explosive which the metal detector didn't pick up."

He said: "I lost both my legs above the knee joints. I dislocated and fractured my shoulder. I lost my little finger and I've got shrapnel wounds in my arms.

"I lost my left eye and I only have 10% vision in my right eye."

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites