25 July 2008

Operational Honours and Awards List

ZUI this article from the MOD Defence
136 members of the Armed Forces and one MOD Civilian have been honoured today, Friday, 25 July 2008 for their gallantry and service in Afghanistan, Iraq and on other operations around the world.

The honours for the period 31 October 2007 to 31 March 2008 include a George Cross awarded for the highest level of gallantry, 19 Military Crosses and four Distinguished Service Orders.

Amongst the awards, in addition to the George Cross awarded to L/Cpl Matthew Croucher, 40 Commando RM, are:
A DSO is awarded to Colonel Patrick Sanders OBE, Late The Rifles, who commanded 4th Battalion The Rifles in Iraq throughout Op TELIC 10; he exemplified tough and decisive yet compassionate leadership which kept his battle group going through very difficult times.

Col Sanders commanded and planned operations in the most dangerous and complex situations taking the fight to insurgents on the streets of Basra. Displaying grip and tactical vision; he led from the front, often under fire; his operational leadership was exemplary.

There is a Royal Red Cross for Major Janet Pilgrim, of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, in recognition of her work in the hospital in Iraq during TELIC 10. Maj Pilgrim led the hospital's team preparing bodies for repatriation; she personally provided continuity and support for her team and despite having others to call on she chose to convey any bad news herself.

Also after a direct hit on the hospital from a 122 mm rocket Maj Pilgrim took swift and effective action restoring gaps in capability averting a potential disaster.

The Military Cross recipients include:
Captain Paul Britton, of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, who refused morphine when injured so he could remain in command of his fire support team during a fire fight against the Taliban.


Lance Corporal Mohansingh Tangnami, of The Royal Gurkha Rifles, who volunteered to lead a small team into an area of heavy fire to recover a machine gun left by an earlier casualty and so deny it to the enemy.

A complete list of honours can be found here.

Brigadier Andrew Mackay, Late The King's Own Scottish Borderers, who was awarded a CBE for his command of 52 Brigade in southern Afghanistan

MOD photograph © Crown Copyright/MOD 2008

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