Colour Sergeant Paul Baines, 35, of 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards, was blown over by the detonation of a roadside bomb which took off the legs of one member of his 24-man unit. As the Taliban bombers shot at the squad, C/Sgt Baines went to tend to his comrade before a secondary, larger bomb exploded, blew him 10ft in the air and severely damaged another soldier's legs. He suffered shrapnel wounds to his head, back and legs but continued to apply tourniquets, administer morphine and comfort the men in what he described as "like a scene from a horror movie". His rifle had been blown off his back so he drew his pistol to return fire and continued to treat his comrades. Once the evacuation helicopter arrived, he helped carry then to safety, then refused to be picked up for immediate treatment and was only given stitches in hospital later. He discharged himself after a week to return to fighting the enemy. His family only learned of his bravery when he returned to the UK on scheduled leave three months later. While he was on tour, he took photos of his patrols using a helmet-mounted video camera which give an insight into life on the front line in the Babaji area of Helmand Province. The clips show his platoon out on routine patrols, searching enemy compounds and engaging Taliban fighters, and highlight the soldiers' daily concerns over enemy movements and the constant threat of Improvised Explosive Devices. C/Sgt Baines' heroism is to be recognised with a Military Cross to be given at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace today. His citation reads: "This astonishing act of selfless gallantry in the face of horrifying tragedy was remarkable. "Baines showed raw strength of character and deep reserves of courage on this gloomy day and these exemplary actions deserve significant public recognition." He described the rescue, saying: "I knew the helicopter was going to touch down only 30 metres from us but there were not enough able people to carry the stretchers. "I hesitated because I had to use a bridge - possibly littered with devices. I closed my eyes and held my breath and stumbled over the bridge and into a field. "I had been with this guy from the start. I didn't want to leave him." He refused a space on a second Chinook helicopter which had come in to evacuate more casualties. He said: "The medic was saying 'get on', but I told him 'I've got to stay'. "That day we also had three gunshot wounds in another of our battalion's areas. There was a total of 10 in hospital that day. "It was the worst casualty evacuation we had had to deal with and it was only in its first month." His mother Susan said: "Words fail to describe it really. I'm so proud of him. "I keep going on at him about grandchildren, but he's married to the army. He said: "Perhaps you'll be happy now I've got a Military Cross"."