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Royal Marine Mark Williams awarded Military Cross

Mark Williams
Image caption Mark Williams was awarded the Military Cross at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace

A Royal Marine from Warwickshire has received the Military Cross for rescuing a wounded comrade under fire.

Mark Williams, 23, from Nuneaton, was awarded the gallantry medal by Prince Charles at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Marine Williams said he was "really chuffed - over the moon".

Along with colleagues of 30 Commando he was ambushed by insurgents while on patrol in Afghanistan in May 2011.

When a colleague was hit in the chest, Marine Williams raced out of cover to treat him, before dragging him 30m behind a wall.

Marine Williams, who attended St Thomas More Roman Catholic School in Nuneaton until 2005, was presented with the award on Friday.

He said of the rescue of his comrade: "When I saw him lying out there, I just knew I had to get to him.

"There were bullets hitting the ground around me as I went over to pull him back.

"I don't remember being really afraid at the time, I was just thinking that he was a big lad and was hoping I could drag him back safely."

The two men continued to come under fire and once his injured colleague was stabilised, Marine Williams returned to the fray.

The injured lance-corporal made a full recovery.

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