EOD/Green Howards walt? to get GC

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(Posted in NAAFI Sticky as well)

Chaps,
One of the members on BM posted about a man getting the George Cross earned on Granby,well it does'nt ring true (to me,I may be wrong tho,apologies if I am)

Joined Green Howards from school as a Chef in 1987,
Staff Sgt in 1991,
Transferred to EOD in 1991 at Basra,Iraq,
Medically Discharge in 1997,
Recieving award in Dress uniform,

read on;

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/homenews/Soldier-dragged-mate-burning-jeep-gets-George-Cross/article-849476-detail/article.html

A FORMER soldier is being awarded the George Cross for bravery after saving a comrade from a burning jeep in Iraq.

Colin Masson dragged close friend Mike Walker from the vehicle after it was hit by rocket fire during the first Gulf War.

Despite suffering shrapnel wounds, he pulled his friend to safety.

Mr Masson was a staff sergeant with the Green Howards, now the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, when he saved his friend in 1991. But the 39-year-old from Basford was only told last week he was to receive the medal as the regiment had not been able to track him down for three years after he moved house.

The George Cross, the highest civilian award for bravery, is the equivalent of the military's Victoria Cross.
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The George Cross has been given to 86 people posthumously and 73 living people since its inception in 1940.

It is given to military personnel for acts of heroism in particular circumstances, such as when brave acts are carried out not in the face of the enemy.

Mr Masson said: "It was just a gut reaction. I had known him for over ten years and he was like a brother.

"I am proud of what I've done, don't get me wrong, but I just did what anybody would have done."

Mr Masson joined the Green Howards as a chef from school in 1987.

He then transferred to bomb disposal and was deployed to Basra, Iraq, in 1991.

The attack in which Mr Masson acted so bravely came while his unit was on patrol.

Mr Walker, a sergeant, was in the unit's jeep which was hit by rocket fire.

"I did what you do for a friend," said Mr Masson.

"I ran there and dragged him out of it."

Mr Walker suffered cuts and burns, but Mr Masson was hit with shrapnel.

"It was only when I looked down I saw I had been hit with shrapnel," he said. "I had to have quite a lot of stitches in my lower body."

Mr Masson and Mr Walker returned to Britain to rest before being sent out on another tour in Iraq.

Both men were put on light duties in 1994 for medical reasons, and Mr Masson began suffering from Gulf War syndrome.

He was medically discharged from the Army in 1997.

Mr Masson has not worked since he left the Army and suffers with memory loss, insomnia and nightmares.

But he has a passion for motorbikes and is the vice chairman of the Nottingham-based 'Robin Hood Trikers'.

He said: "A lot of ex-forces join clubs. It's like a brotherhood, it's just like a big family – like in the forces."

Mr Masson, who is originally from Doncaster, moved to Nottingham a few years ago and the regiment had been unable to contact him about the medal.

He said the reality of it is just beginning to sink in.

"It's slowly hitting me," he said.

"I think it will sink in when I stand there in my dress uniform and am given it."

Mr Masson will receive his medal at Marne Barracks in North Yorkshire on June 9
 
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Since when did British Forces invade Basra in 1991, I thought we never went into Iraq that year!! I was attached with the yanks for this particular camping trip and was on the left hook manouvre though Iraq and we never went to Basra or anywhere near it. The most north that main British Forces were deployed was just above the road of death in Kuwait, but I could be wrong?
 
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Went over the water with the Green Howards mid 92, which meant we started training late 91. Don't remember them having been just back from anywhere else.
Although reading the report again, he must have transferred to the RAOC or RE by then if he was ATO.
Seems like he crammed a lot into his relatively short carreer.
 
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Was in the Howards from 83-89, don't recognise him, can't remember any eod specialists that could cook either, vaguely recall some dodgy banana custard though, IIRC my old mob only got so far as Kenya to acclimatise but the war had ended within a week so it was footy and lager time.
 
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Maybe he was ACC att 1 GH. Although 1 GH weren't on Op GRANBY IIRC. He would have done well to tfr from ACC to RE EOD or RAOC AT trade and reached Sgt or SSgt in 4 years! Manure.
 
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Comment posted on Nottingham Evening News website with relevant facts, waiting for incoming :mrgreen:
 
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Mr Masson and Mr Walker returned to Britain to rest before being sent out on another tour in Iraq.
Both men were put on light duties in 1994 for medical reasons, and Mr Masson began suffering from Gulf War syndrome.
He was medically discharged from the Army in 1997.


My bold,

Cant comment as I was still in short trousers at this stage, but cant think of any "Iraq" tours between Gramby and Telic?
 
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Discovery001 said:
Since when did British Forces invade Basra in 1991, I thought we never went into Iraq that year!! I was attached with the yanks for this particular camping trip and was on the left hook manouvre though Iraq and we never went to Basra or anywhere near it. The most north that main British Forces were deployed was just above the road of death in Kuwait, but I could be wrong?
That's right. I dont think you meant to say that British forces "never went into Iraq" in 1991. Obviously we did, as part of the left hook manoeuvre which you mention.
 
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Blue/GreenJob said:
Comment posted on Nottingham Evening News website with relevant facts, waiting for incoming :mrgreen:
May be he ticked the box that says no publicity!
Just had a look on the website, lots of incoming already!!
 
#16
I think we have a rather disturbed man here. One to be referred to the RBl if there is even half a truth in the story (ignoring the GC claim which has no apparent truth in it)
 
#17
Getting a good old slagging on there.
 
#18
A search for the name "Masson" and "George Cross" in the London Gazette comes back with nothing. No real surprise.
 
#20
Just phoned Nottingham Evening News and a rather flustered sub-editor waffled about it being confirmed by MOD press office, phoned MOD press office...guess what?...NOTHING , and they are investigating....
 
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