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.
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