Bravery honoured by Queen.
THE Queen awarded the Military Cross to a Wirral soldier who inspired his men to battle through a 26-hour barrage of bullets and hand grenades. Father-of-two Lance Corporal Alan Redford, of Moreton, of the 1st Battalion, the Mercian Regiment, was honoured yesterday at Buckingham Palace.
The 35-year-oldmodest former Henry Meols School pupil, who is currently expecting his third child, with partner Emma Motram, received the MC for repeated acts of courage during the regiment's gruelling Afghan tour last year, which saw 12 Mercian soldiers killed and many wounded.
In June, the Liverpool FC fan and his section came under attack after Private Jonathan Monk was killed in an IED explosion.
His citation said Lance Cpl Redford leapt to his feet and ran towards the enemy, firing as he went, forcing the insurgents to retreat from the compound where his men joined him. The Mercians were then penned in and forced to fight for their lives for more than a day.
Also honoured was Private Daniel Hellings, 19, of Ellesmere Port, who risked his own life to conduct a fingertip bomb search who received the Queen's Gallantry Medal.
He scoured the ground of an alleyway for Taliban bombs to rescue injured comrades, despite an order to stay away as it was too dangerous.
The Queen with Lance Corporal Alan Redford