Blast hero Marine gets George Cross
A ROYAL Marine who flung himself on to an exploding grenade to save his comrades was awarded the George Cross yesterday.
Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher, 24, of 40 Commando shielded his fellow servicemen after he unwittingly triggered a trip wire on a night-time mission in Afghanistan. He miraculously escaped with only severe bruising, his rucksack taking the brunt of the blast.
L/Cpl Croucher, from Birmingham, was presented with the medal – the highest honour for bravery without the enemy present – at Buckingham Palace.
He said: “It’s a great honour but I don’t really think about what I did. When you are in the heat of a gun battle there are always people doing heroic things and they don’t always get picked out. They are just doing their job.”