Awards for Grenadiers


The full list, which recognises service on operations in Afghanistan and national operations for

the period 1 April 2012 to 30 September 2012, was published in the London Gazette and in the

MoD Operational Honours List dated 22 March 2013.


Lance Corporal James Ashworth, aged 23, from Corby in Northamptonshire, was killed as he stormed an insurgent position in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province in June 2012

His conduct in putting himself in the line of fire to protect his colleagues has been rewarded with the Victoria Cross (VC), the first award of the honour since 2006. Lance Corporal Ashworth and his platoon from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards were inserted into Nahr-e Saraj on 13 June 2012 in order to engage an insurgent sharpshooter team. They came under fire as soon as they landed, prompting Lance Corporal Ashworth to lead his fire team in a 300-metre charge to the heart of the enemy position in a local village.


Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Lieutenant Colonel James Maurice Hannan BOWDER MBE, Grenadier Guards


Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Major Piers Lyndon ASHFIELD, Grenadier Guards


Military Cross (MC)
Captain Michael Olaf Chetwynd DOBBIN, Grenadier Guards

Lance Sergeant Markus STRYDOM, Grenadier Guards


Mention in Despatches (MiD)

Guardsman Danny Lee BENTLEY, Grenadier Guards
Guardsman James Robert CORNISH, Grenadier Guards
Lance Sergeant Ashley John HENDY, Grenadier Guards
Guardsman Michael Joseph OGDEN, Grenadier Guards
Lance Sergeant Robert Anthony POINTON, Grenadier Guards
Lance Corporal David Edward SMITH, Grenadier Guards


Queen’s Commendation for Bravery (QCB)
Lance Corporal Simon David DENT, Grenadier Guards


Members of the Regiment also received some commendations which are not listed above.


Other members of The Division have also received awards in the full list.


Go pin your medals on,

Be proud they’re yours to wear.

Pull your shoulders back,

And watch the youngsters stare!


They’re yours by right of war,

And service to the Crown.

That in a time of war,

You did not let your Country down!


Our thanks to Jim White for this detail in his weekly Sunday morning letter



Page Updated: - 11/09/2017