Sgt Craig Brelsford's mother 'honoured' by army tribute

The mother of a Nottinghamshire soldier has said she is honoured part of an army barracks in Yorkshire is being named after her dead son.

Sgt Craig Brelsford from Chilwell was killed trying to rescue an injured colleague while serving in Afghanistan.

He was awarded a posthumous Military Cross for his bravery.

An accommodation block at Catterick barracks was named after him, while a second block was named after Corporal Lee Brownson from County Durham.

The £16m buildings at the infantry training centre in North Yorkshire, where Sgt Brelsford was based in 1999, were officially opened on Wednesday.

Family and friends of both Sgt Brelsford and Cpl Brownson, from Bishop Auckland, attended the ceremony.

Sgt Brelsford's mother Susan said: "Out of all the loss of soldiers that's happened, and names that have been put forward, I'm very honoured that Craig's name has been chosen and it has been named in memory of him."

'Perfect soldier'

Sgt Brelsford, 25, of The 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters), was part of a platoon engaged in a firefight with the Taliban in Helmand province in September 2007.

Image caption Sgt Brelsford was awarded a posthumous Military Cross

He was killed trying to find colleague Pte Botha who had fallen behind enemy lines.

"I was very proud that he died doing what he wanted to do," said his mother.

Colour Sgt Paul Bishop, who served with Sgt Brelsford, said he was a role model.

"If you're going to have a blueprint of a perfect soldier it was him," he said.

"To say that that guy was brave and probably the best leader that I have ever seen is a massive understatement."

Corporal Lee Brownson, 30, of the 3rd Battalion The Rifles, was fatally injured while on foot patrol in Helmand province in 2010.

He was posthumously awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for rescuing wounded colleagues during an attack on his patrol base south of Sangin in December 2009.

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