Anniversary of death of Corby hero James Ashworth

Lance Corporal James Ashworth
Lance Corporal James Ashworth

Today (Thursday) marks the anniversary of the death of Corby’s Victoria Cross hero Lance Corporal James Ashworth who died as he protected the lives of his comrades in Afghanistan.

The 23-year-old died on June 13 last year in the Nahr-e-Siraj district when his reconnaissance platoon became involved in a battle with the Taliban inside enemy-held compounds.

Earlier this year his mother, Kerry Ashworth, received the country’s highest award for bravery in the face of military attack on behalf of her son.

The medal recognises L/Cpl Ashworth’s “extraordinary courage” while serving with the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards in Helmand province last year.

The posthumous award is only the second VC to be awarded to a soldier from the UK from the 12-year conflict in Afghanistan.

People in Corby paid tribute to L/Cpl Ashworth in April when a parade was held in his honour.

In May it was revealed that the area outside the Cube in Corby could be renamed James Ashworth VC Square in honour of the young soldier.