Congratulations to Private Lewis Murphy who has been awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery. He removed his helmet and body armour, under attack, to carry a stricken comrade to safety. While on operations in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, during Operation Herrick 16 last year, Pte Murphy, of the Yorkshire Regiment, was part of a team tasked with finding 4 insurgents who had abducted an Afghan Police Officer. Following them across the Helmand River into a neighbouring company’s area through horrendous terrain comprised of dense vegetation, thick mud and with visibility limited to less than 1 metre at times, night began to fall as they continued their stealthy progress. Suddenly, the insurgents opened fire with machine guns from less than 10 metres. A hail of bullets struck 2 of Pte Murphy’s fellow soldiers, 1 suffering from a serious gunshot wound to the neck, another having a lucky escape as a round struck his body armour.