Lance Corporal James Ashworth win the Victoria Cross
LANCE Corporal James Ashworth, 23, of the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards has won the Victoria Cross. He was killed by a grenade blast in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on June 13 2012.
He becomes only the 10th person to win a VC since World War 2.
Captain Mike Dobbin, Commander, Reconnaissance Platoon, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, said of Ashworth:
“Lance Corporal Ashworth was killed while fighting his way through compounds; leading his fire team from the front, whilst trying to protect his men and he showed extraordinary courage to close on a determined enemy. His professionalism under pressure and ability to remain calm in what was a chaotic situation is testament to his character.”
Reader Paul Shaw writes in the Times:
Above all this very brave man should be remembered, yes for his sacrifice and his bravery and doing absolutely more than I or you would, but more because he will not smell summer days again, he will not be levelled by a lovers look or see real love in the eyes of a son or daughter. This man’s memory is worth more than any debate on the rights and wrongs of things.
All we need now is to learn the full details of his gallantry.
Ps – Do all the brave get the accolades their actions deserve?