Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey
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Victoria Cross for soldier's gallantry in Afghanistan

A British soldier serving in Afghanistan has been awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest honour for gallantry in the face of the enemy.

L/Cpl Joshua Leakey of 1 Para helped a wounded US officer while under intense enemy fire in Helmand, then led a fight-back in which 11 members of the Taliban were killed and four wounded.

He is the only living British soldier to receive a VC during the Afghan campaign. Two others have been awarded posthumously.

There have been 15 Victoria Crosses awarded since the end of World War Two.

L/Cpl Leakey is among 139 military personnel recognised in the latest Operational Honours List.

He gave the BBC's Sian Lloyd his account of the act for which he won the medal.

  • 26 Feb 2015
  • From the section UK
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