Blast hero Marine gets Ge­orge Cross

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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.”

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