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Para Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey is awarded the Victoria Cross – Daily Mail

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Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey, bottom left, is the first living British soldier to be awarded the VC, the highest military decoration for valour, in ten years and only the second since 1969. Three times he sprinted across an open field in a hail of Taliban bullets in Afghanistan to save an injured U.S. marine and grab a machine gun to fire on the enemy, turning a crucial battle in 2013. In an extraordinary moment at the ceremony where he received his VC yesterday, General Sir Nick Carter, the head of the Army, congratulated him with a handshake only to pull him in for an emotional hug. The 27-year-old also became the second person in his family to be awarded the medal – his second cousin Sergeant Nigel Gray Leakey, bottom right, was given the honour 70 years ago during the Second World War.

Original Article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2969387/Keeping-family-Victoria-Cross-hero-Para-fought-20-Taliban-save-comrades-70-years-cousin-given-honour-gallantry-World-War-Two.html
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Date: May 29, 2020

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