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  •  One of the troopers, a Lance Corporal of Horse.. (14+ / 0-)

    (a rank unique to the Household Cavalry ROUGHLY equivalent to Sergeant, elsewhere)..ran into the Armoured car, where the ammunition lockers were already on fire and exploding, and dragged a wounded comrade to safety. He tried to return for another man, but was blown out of the vehicle by the explosion of rounds.

    He was awarded a George Cross - the highest medal available for bravery NOT in contact with the enemy. It is awarded for:_

    'acts of the greatest heroism or of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger'.

    If the enemy had been involved this man would have been awarded the Victoria Cross.

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 05:13:31 PM PST

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