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Former Wednesfield High pupil hailed as Helmand hero

Martin BanksA 26-year-old former Wednesfield High School pupil has been hailed as a hero after being mentioned in Despatches for risking his life to help move a stricken armoured vehicle coming under mortar, rocket and small arms fire from up to 15 enemy fighters.

The incident occurred in February 2009 during Craftsman Martin Banks’s first operational tour, serving as a vehicle mechanic with 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The award citation said: “Banks’s raw courage, disregard for his own safety and skill as a mechanic was instrumental in enabling the patrol to extract from an increasingly dangerous situation.”

Cfn Banks said: “I am very proud and honoured to be getting this award. I see it as a great achievement and recognition for what I and everyone else did out there during our tour.”

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