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Bayonet charge foils enemy ambush

A soldier who led a bayonet charge over 80 metres of open ground through enemy fire has been awarded the Military Cross.

The gallant and tactical move by Corporal Sean Jones of 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) reversed a potentially dire situation when his patrol came under attack in a carefully planned ambush in October last year.

Corporal Jones, aged 25, from Tern Hill near Market Drayton in Shropshire, was second-in-command of the patrol, which was trying to draw out insurgents who were intimidating the local population of Kakaran village in Helmand. The insurgents were enforcing a curfew on the locals so they could plant improvised explosive devices under the cover of darkness.

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