04 Oct '13, 12pm

Conspicuous Gallantry Medal Injured, without armour Cpl Josh Griffiths defeated insurgent raid http…

Medal for soldier who defeated insurgent raid 04 October 2013 As soldiers at Patrol Base Folad chatted over their evening meal on March 25th, the calm was suddenly and brutally shattered when half a tonne of explosives tore through the outer wall. Through the debris, dust and deafening noise, dazed, and many of them wounded, the troops fought to regain their bearings. A vehicle-borne bomb had ripped a 40-metre hole in the perimeter wall, allowing insurgents to pour into the patrol base. Among those in the cookhouse which was utterly destroyed by the blast was Corporal Josh Griffiths. One of fifteen casualties, of whom one later died, he could have remained where he was to receive treatment. Torrent of machine gun fire Instead, in an act of exceptional bravery, Josh, of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment’s C Company (Cheshire), took the fight right back to the enemy. As the...

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