Yorkshire Regiment quartet rewarded for extreme bravery

Four soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment who have shown outstanding courage in Afghanistan have been honoured by the Queen.

They were presented with their medals at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace.

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Lt Colin Lunn and Acting Corporal Andrew Wardle both received the Military Cross, which is the third highest honour, and Cpl John Hardman and Sgt John Swithenbank were given the Queen's Gallantry Medal, the fourth highest honour.

The citation states that Lt Lunn ran across exposed open ground to reach a radio in October 2009 despite intense enemy fire. He later led a counter attack and gave his patrol chance to withdraw.

"Through his initiative, courage and agression," says the citation, "Lunn has on numerous occasions taken the fight to the enemy and defeated them, with complete disregard for his own safety.

Acting Cpl Wardle held a position under incessant fire and refused medical treatment after being knocked out by a grenade.

Later he ran 50 yards across open ground to pick up an injured child. He has personally found 17 improvised explosive devices and "has displayed selfless and repeated acts of exemplary gallantry."

Cpl Hardman gave first aid to a soldier with life-threatening injuries despite the presence of explosive devices a few yards away. His first aid was outstanding and saved his colleague'slife.

Sgt Swithenbank showed total disregard for his own safety to rescue a blown-up Afghan soldier. Though he was not a trained medic, he applied tourniquets and saved the man's life against all odds.

Other Yorkshire recipients of honours included: Bill Rollinson, Director of Leeds Care and Repair, the home improvement agency, who got an MBE for services to housing; Robert Baird of Leeds, manager of the youth court - an MBE for services to youth justice; Paul Kendrew, of Harrogate, a senior official with HM Revenue and Customs - an OBE.