Soldier’s heroic bravery awarded

Guardsman Michael McMurtry of the Irish Guards with his mother April at his passing out parade. INNT 41-103con
Guardsman Michael McMurtry of the Irish Guards with his mother April at his passing out parade. INNT 41-103con
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A NEWTOWNABBEY soldier has been awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery for his heroic efforts in saving the life of his Section Commander whilst on tour in Afghanistan.

Guardsman Michael McMurtry (21) of the Irish Guards was operating from patrol base Rahim in the Upper Gereshk Valley for three months.

His Company was engaged in the clearance of a route known to be covered with improvised explosive devices (IED). The enemy had been known to be particularly active in the area, attacking the soldiers after an IED was detonated.

During their tour, one member of the Company had been killed and six others wounded in such attacks.

It was during one such patrol on December 29 that Guardsman McMurtry demonstrated his considerable valour to earn the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.

Read the full incredible story in this week’s Times...