Abington soldier Christopher Leyden mentioned in Dispatches

Lance Sergeant Christopher Leyden who lives in Catterick is to receive a Mention in Despatches for displaying great courage under fire during an incident in which two colleagues were shot, while serving in Afghanistan.'One hundred and thirty-six Service men and women have been named in the latest military Operational Honours and Awards list, released today, March 25th, 2011. The awards, which will be presented in a formal ceremony by the Queen at a later date, are for actions of bravery, gallantry, and leadership during OP HERRICK 12 (April 1, 2010 to September 31, 2010) in Afghanistan.'The announcement of the list was made public on Friday 25th March 2011 where a selection of recipients were invited to speak with the media about their awards.'NOTE TO DESKS: 'MoD release authorised handout images. 'All images remain crown copyright. 'Photo credit to read - Corporal Steve Blake RLC

Lance Sergeant Christopher Leyden who lives in Catterick is to receive a Mention in Despatches for displaying great courage under fire during an incident in which two colleagues were shot, while serving in Afghanistan.'One hundred and thirty-six Service men and women have been named in the latest military Operational Honours and Awards list, released today, March 25th, 2011. The awards, which will be presented in a formal ceremony by the Queen at a later date, are for actions of bravery, gallantry, and leadership during OP HERRICK 12 (April 1, 2010 to September 31, 2010) in Afghanistan.'The announcement of the list was made public on Friday 25th March 2011 where a selection of recipients were invited to speak with the media about their awards.'NOTE TO DESKS: 'MoD release authorised handout images. 'All images remain crown copyright. 'Photo credit to read - Corporal Steve Blake RLC

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A MAN who swapped the tranquil Upperward hills for the deadly ones of Afghanistan has proved himself among the British Army’s bravest of the brave.

There is colossal pride in the Abington area this week at the news that one of its sons, 28-year-old Lance Sergeant Christopher Leyden, has been mentioned in Despatches for showing “great courage” during a vicious shooting match with terrorists.

Obviously not the sort given to over-dramatising things, the Scots Guardsman summed up the incident as being “like one of those cowboy films”.

To find out more about a very modest hero, pick up a copy of this week’s Carluke and Lanark Gazette which is in the shops now.