‘Extraordinary courage’ of soldier killed in Afghanistan earns Victoria Cross

Lance Corporal James Ashworth, 23, died in a grenade explosion as he tried to protect his men in Helmand A British soldier who died as he protected the lives of his comrades in Afghanistan is to be awarded the Victoria Cross. The medal recognises Lance Corporal James Ashworth’s “extraordinary courage” while serving with the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards in Helmand province last year. The Victoria Cross, the country’s highest award for gallantry, has been awarded just 10 times to UK soldiers since the second world war

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‘Extraordinary courage’ of soldier killed in Afghanistan earns Victoria Cross