The Downside Of Winning The Military Cross | Trevor Coult MC #304

The Downside Of Winning The Military Cross, features Trevor Coult MC, a Royal Irish Regiment veteran, awarded for bravery under fire.

The Downside Of Winning The Military Cross | Trevor Coult MC

Trevor Coult MC is a veteran of the Royal Irish Regiment and has served all over the world. Reaching the rank of Colour-Sergeant, he was awarded the Military Cross for fighting off enemy who had
ambushed his convoy in Baghdad. Trevor survived eight bomb blasts and 76 enemy engagements during just three of his ten operational tours. After providing security for Prince Harry, Trevor was diagnosed with PTSD and forced to leave the British Army. His nine service medals include the US Presidential Seal. Read all about Trevor’s tumultuous life in his book, First Into Sangin.

Transcript from ‘The Downside Of Winning The Military Cross’ podcast

Trevor – I only found out I got the award in September. The patrol I was on in Baghdad at the time, I didn’t think anything different. We do that stuff in Baghdad, day in day out, but I never accepted it if I’m going to be honest. I was sitting beside my two OC as a session Commander, when a motor landed behind and took off half his head and he died. That happened the day before, so whenever I found out on the 7th, it didn’t really hit home.

I just ignored it and I didn’t tell anyone because we were grieving and you don’t rub everyone’s face in it. I was attacked non-stop because of that, from people saying, I didn’t deserve it. They identified every round I fired and where my rounds went. It doesn’t matter if it’s the whole magazine spraying, if they’re not hitting anything, they shouldn’t be on a patrol.

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SHOT In Afghanistan | Special Boat Service | Bought The T-Shirt #251

Shot in Afghanistan features Toby Gutteridge, who was a Special Boat Service soldier, left paralyzed from a bullet through his neck.

SHOT In Afghanistan | Special Boat Service | Toby Gutteridge | Bought The T-Shirt

Toby Gutteridge is a former member of the Special Boat Service. He is also one of the youngest ever recruits to pass their elite selection process. Shot through the neck whilst operating behind enemy lines in Afghanistan, he was unable to breathe for over 20 minutes. Doctors recommended his life-support machine be switched off. With a defiant spirit, Toby pulled through and rebuilt his life. After returning to formal education, Toby attained a first-class honours degree and now runs his own company called, ‘Bravery’. Toby’s book, ‘Never Will I Die’, is a passionate account of life triumphing over death.

Transcript from ‘Shot In Afghanistan’ podcast

Toby – On an operation a sniper got me in their crosshairs and luckily it just winged me. Basically it was a million dollar wound I suppose. One inch to the left and it probably would have taken my arm completely off. It was the Dragonov sniper rifle. If that had been one inch to the left, it would have hit the bone of my upper shoulder and probably would have taken my arm completely off. I would have had to have it amputated so yes, very lucky there. As it went straight clean through and I was back out on the ground soon afterwards.

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