Humberside

Scunthorpe TA barracks named after hero soldier

Cpl Bryan Budd
Image caption Cpl Budd was killed in August 2006

A Territorial Army (TA) barracks in Scunthorpe has been renamed after a soldier who died saving seven comrades in Afghanistan.

Cpl Bryan Budd, 29, was killed when he single-handedly stormed a Taleban position in Sangin, Helmand Province in August 2006.

He was the first soldier to be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his actions.

A ceremony was held at noon to rename the centre the Budd VC Barracks.

'Absolutely inspirational'

His widow Lorena travelled from Germany to attend the naming ceremony at the TA centre on Cottage Beck Road.

She said: "It's important that we don't forget about him, he's never going to be forgotten, but it's coming up for five years.

"In a way it's obviously sad but in other respects it's a very good thing, my daughters can obviously look back and come here and see how important he was and what he'd done."

Capt Peter Graves said: "I think it's absolutely inspirational and tremendous.

"This is a local soldier, who went to local schools, who knows local people, he is part of our local community and some of theses soldiers would have known him."

Local dignitaries and members of the armed forces joined Bryan's family at the centre, including his brother Sgt Maj Stephen Budd.

He said: "It was obviously a very proud moment, not just from the family perspective but also from the military perspective."

More on this story

Related Internet links

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