A rare bravery medal won by a Scottish soldier for storming an enemy gun position during the Iraq War has been sold at auction for £140,000 – raising money so he can buy a house for his family.
Shaun Garry Jardine, from Dumfries, was awarded Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC), a medal second only to the Victoria Cross in honouring combat gallantry, for his actions in Maysan Province in 2003, when he was aged just 21.
Facing heavy machine-gun fire, he ordered his team to provide covering fire and then assaulted the enemy positions in succession, allowing his men to move forward and forcing the enemy to withdraw.
He served as a corporal in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers and later the Royal Regiment of Scotland, rising to the rank of warrant officer class 2. He was given the medal for his quick-thinking, courage and inspirational leadership.
Shaun Garry Jardine while in the army
He recently left the army, which he joined as a 16-year-old, and decided to sell the medal, along with six others, to support his family.
Now 39, he said he was “very happy” with the price and added: “It will really help towards securing a new home for my family."
Describing his actions in Iraq, he said: "I started running across the bridge and they had seen me immediately.
"They were lying down, prone position, and firing at me as I ran; I saw their fingers on the triggers, then the muzzle flashes and then I could hear the rounds zipping past.
"I remember thinking, ‘why are they not hitting me?’"
Only 60 CGCs have been awarded to date, 15 of which were for the Iraq War. The medals were auctioned alongside a print of David Rowland’s painting of the recipient winning his CGC and a file containing 15 letters of congratulation.