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Soldier from Northamptonshire gets Military Cross

Private Bryan Johnson from Corby
Image caption Mr Johnson had to get a colleague to safety in Afghanistan

A soldier from Northamptonshire has received the Military Cross for rescuing a wounded colleague while under fire in Afghanistan.

Pte Bryan Johnson, 24, of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, is a former pupil at Our Lady and Pope John School in Corby.

He was on patrol examining compounds in the Nad-e-Ali district when they came under enemy fire.

The citation describe Pte Johnson's "immense courage and dedication".

During the mission, a concealed enemy unleashed two grenades and a volley of gunfire on the patrol.

"The grenades went off, and there was dust everywhere, as well as a sense of shock obviously, but you just react," said Pte Johnson.

It was during this incident that a fellow soldier was shot and needed to be taken to safety.

"You work as a team, that's what the Army is.

"It never occurred to me that I was doing anything special, just reacting to what we are trained in," he said.