St Albans soldier wins Military Cross in Afghanistan

PUBLISHED: 11:30 09 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:01 06 May 2010

Maj Lewis, 2 Para

Maj Lewis, 2 Para

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A SOLDIER from St Albans has won a top bravery award for his actions in Afghanistan. Major Russ Lewis, aged 35, has been awarded the Military Cross for his heroic leadership of a company of the Parachute Regiment during a six-month tour in southern Afghan

A SOLDIER from St Albans has won a top bravery award for his actions in Afghanistan.

Major Russ Lewis, aged 35, has been awarded the Military Cross for his heroic leadership of a company of the Parachute Regiment during a six-month tour in southern Afghanistan.

Major Lewis and his company of 160 troops of 2PARA were located in a Forward Operating Base deep in the hostile Upper Sangin Valley and were subjected to almost daily rocket and mortar attacks.

He led many foot patrols through the dense vegetation, canals and compounds of the surrounding countryside and during frequent bouts of intense fighting with the Taliban, four men were killed and 16 were injured under his command.

Major Lewis' citation described him as "tenacious and courageous in attack" and added: "Major Lewis has set an outstanding example to his company at significant personal risk and has been an inspiration to all ranks."

Said Major Lewis, who lives with his wife Andrea: "I have mixed feelings about the award. It's a fantastic honour to receive such an award and I do think that it represents all of B Company, 2 PARA and what we achieved last summer.

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