Midlothian-based Army heroes are honoured

*** STRICTLY EMBARGOED ****** NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 0001HRS ON 30TH SEPTEMBER 2011 ***SCOTTISH SOLDIERS HONOURED FOR AFGHAN BRAVERYScottish soldiers have been honoured for acts of bravery while serving on operations in Afghanistan. The soldiers had their awards announced in the Operational Honours List on Friday 30th September 2011. Fife soldier, Lance Corporal Liam Tasker posthumously received a Mention in Despatches (MiD) as the most successful Arms Explosive Search (AES) Dog Handler in Afghanistan since operations began.Liam, who was 26 when he died, served with The Royal Veterinary Corps and demonstrated incredible courage working with his dog Theo to make a total of 14 separate significant finds. On March 1st 2011 he was shot and killed in action while performing his duties as a Dog Handler. Skye Army Officer, Captain Iain Curren (29) received a Military Cross (MC) for extraordinary courage and leadership, charging an enemy ambush twice to rescue an injured soldier, and so breaking the vice-like grip

*** STRICTLY EMBARGOED ****** NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 0001HRS ON 30TH SEPTEMBER 2011 ***SCOTTISH SOLDIERS HONOURED FOR AFGHAN BRAVERYScottish soldiers have been honoured for acts of bravery while serving on operations in Afghanistan. The soldiers had their awards announced in the Operational Honours List on Friday 30th September 2011. Fife soldier, Lance Corporal Liam Tasker posthumously received a Mention in Despatches (MiD) as the most successful Arms Explosive Search (AES) Dog Handler in Afghanistan since operations began.Liam, who was 26 when he died, served with The Royal Veterinary Corps and demonstrated incredible courage working with his dog Theo to make a total of 14 separate significant finds. On March 1st 2011 he was shot and killed in action while performing his duties as a Dog Handler. Skye Army Officer, Captain Iain Curren (29) received a Military Cross (MC) for extraordinary courage and leadership, charging an enemy ambush twice to rescue an injured soldier, and so breaking the vice-like grip

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The bravery shown in Afghanistan by six Midlothian-based soldiers has been officially recognised.

The men, serving with the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, were among 140 service personnel to receive gallantry honours last week.

Soldiers from 2SCOTS, based at Glencorse Barracks, were on a six-month tour of duty in Helmand province returning home in April.

Leading the way was Captain Iain Curren, who received a Military Cross for extraordinary courage and leadership.

The Skye army officer (29) charged an enemy ambush twice to rescue an injured soldier. As a result of his actions, the Taliban’s grip on an Afghan community was broken.

Port Glasgow soldier, Sgt Scott Cox (38), (pictured) received a Mention in Despatches (MiD) for his life-saving heroics in charging a Taliban machine-gun post whilst serving in Afghanistan.

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