Soldier awarded medal for bravery during Iraq War sells it for £140,000 to buy family home


Soldier awarded medal for bravery during Iraq War sells it for £140,000 to buy family home

He recently left the army, which he joined as a 16-year-old, and decided to sell the medal, along with six others, to support his family. 

Now 39, he said he was “very happy” with the price and added: “It will really help towards securing a new home for my family.”

Describing his actions in Iraq, he said: “I started running across the bridge and they had seen me immediately.

“They were lying down, prone position, and firing at me as I ran; I saw their fingers on the triggers, then the muzzle flashes and then I could hear the rounds zipping past.

“I remember thinking, ‘why are they not hitting me?'”

Only 60 CGCs have been awarded to date, 15 of which were for the Iraq War. The medals were auctioned alongside a print of David Rowland’s painting of the recipient winning his CGC and a file containing 15 letters of congratulation.

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