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Paratrooper Follows In Family Footsteps With Victoria Cross

26 February 2015

A British paratrooper has been awarded the Victoria Cross (VC), the premier award for gallantry in the presence of the enemy, for showing "complete disregard" for his own safety during a Taliban attack in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey of the Parachute Regiment, was recognised for his valour during an assault on a Taliban stronghold in Helmand province, on 22 August 2013. He is the third serviceman to receive the medal for service in Afghanistan. Lance Corporal Leakey said he was "deeply honoured".

70 years earlier, a member of Lance Corporal Leakey's family was also recognised with a VC. Sergeant Nigel Gray Leakey, who is Lance Corporal Leakey's second cousin twice removed, was a posthumous recipient of the VC in November 1945, for his actions while fighting in Africa during the Second World War.

Sergeant Nigel Gray Leakey is commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on the East Africa Memorial which is located within the Nairobi War Cemetery, Kenya.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission would like to congratulate Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey on being awarded the VC and thank him for his gallant and meritorious service.