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Marine receives Military Cross from Princess Royal

Royal Marine Harry Robinson, of Taunton-based 40 Commando, receives the military cross from the Princess Royal at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 1, 2014. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Royal Marine Harry Robinson, of Taunton-based 40 Commando, receives the military cross from the Princess Royal at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 1, 2014. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A Royal Marine from Preston who lept into action to save his comrades has been awarded the Military Cross.

Harry Robinson, from Ashton, was recognised for his courageous response to an incident in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province which left one British soldier dead and six injured following an attack by a rogue member of the Afghan National Army.

The 24-year-old gave urgent treatment to the wounded despite being shot at by the enemy gunman.

After receiving his award from the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace yesterday, Harry said: “We were under fire for most of it.

“I have no idea how I didn’t get shot because I wasn’t being tactical in any way.

“I was on my knee just treating and then standing up and running to the next bloke.

“I have no idea how I didn’t get shot.

“That is the thing that baffles me to this day.”

Harry, who is based in Taunton, Somerset with 40 Commando, said it was “almost pitch black” at the time and he was mostly “feeling for injuries” in the dark because using his torch attracted more gunfire.

After all the causalities had been assessed he remained with a man who had been shot six times - four in the torso and one in each arm.

Harry also explained that there was no hesitation in reacting to the shout of “medic”.

He said: “The only thing on your mind is one of your lads has been shot or you’ve got a casualty.

“The simple fact is you’re the medic and you’ve got to treat him and you want to do the best job you can for that lad.

“Everything else goes out of the window.”

He was accompanied to the ceremony by his parents Steve and Bernadett, who he said were very proud and had been “taking pictures of everything that moves”.

Sapper Richard Walker - a member of 28 Engineer Regiment attached to 21 Engineer Regiment - was killed in the incident on January 7 last year which the Taliban claimed responsibility for.

Sapper Walker, 23, was working on a construction task as part of preparations to hand the camp over to Afghan security forces.

 

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