Victoria Cross Trust pays tribute to Corby hero

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The Victoria Cross Trust has paid tribute to Lance Corporal James Ashworth, the 23-year-old Corby soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan.

L/Cpl Ashworth of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards died in June last year as he stormed an insurgent position in Helmand.

He put himself in the line of fire to protect his platoon comrades and has been award the Victoria Cross, the highest honour which can be awarded to a member of the military forces.

Gary Stapleton, chairman of the Victoria Cross Trust, said: “Our thoughts are with the Ashworth family, who at this time are still grieving for their loss, who are obviously proud of his actions in battle and that he will be immortalised forever in history for his courage.

“Although this cannot replace a lost loved one, this honoured recognition, awarded by Her Majesty the Queen, should be a reminder to the rest of our nation the level of gallantry our servicemen lay down for our country.

“We work hard to ensure men like L/Cpl James Ashworth are remembered in a way that reflects the service they paid to their country, and it is our honour to work with the families and volunteers who wish to remember and uphold the memory of Victoria Cross holders.”

L/Cpl Ashworth, a former pupil of Lodge Park Academy, Corby, is only the 10th British soldier to be awarded a Victoria Cross since the Second World War and only the second for services in Afghanistan.

The military honour is awarded to a person who shows extreme valour in the face of the enemy and since it was first gazetted in 1856, the Victoria Cross has been awarded only 1,358 times.

Established in 2011, the Victoria Cross Trust repairs and preserves the neglected graves of servicemen who have been awarded the military honour.

Mr Stapleton said: “It is an honour to pay our respects to our Valorous Few.”

The work of the Victoria Cross Trust relies on donations from the public, If you would like to support it please visit the trust’s Just Giving page.

For more information on the trust visit www.victoriacrosstrust.org.