Wirral soldier awarded Military Cross for bravery

A soldier from Wirral has been awarded a Military Cross for showing "unflinching courage" in the face of a 26-hour attack from the Taliban.

L/Cpl Alan Redford, from Moreton, was with Mercian C Company when they came under attack.

The father-of-two charged towards the Taliban despite heavy gunfire to push them back. He did this again in another battle forcing the enemy to retreat.

The 35-year-old said: "I'm still gobsmacked now. It's a great honour."

'True warrior'

His citation reads: "L/Cpl Redford has demonstrated incredible gallantry in the face of the enemy, turning the tide of the battle on at least two occasions.

"His unflinching courage has undoubtedly saved lives. He is a warrior in the truest sense; selfless and brave."

He was one of five people in the regiment to receive an award.

One of the company was killed shortly before the incident and one man was shot in the back during the fire-fight but L/Cpl Redford ensured the injured man made it back safely.

"It is great for the regiment to be recognised as a few of us have had different awards," he said.

"I was shaking when I found out. I thought 'me?' I could have picked another 50 names who deserved it."

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