The Daily Star Sunday has claimed the SAS soldier who, acting on his own initiative, bravely stepped in to help foil a terrorist attack in Kenya is to get a bravery award.
According to the newspaper, the 34-year-old is in line for the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, second only to the Victoria Cross, after shooting dead one terrorist, injuring another and leading dozens of civilians to safety during the attack on the Riverside Nairobi DusitD2 complex in January.
The medal is awarded “in recognition of an act or acts of conspicuous gallantry during active operations against the enemy”.
One of the most experienced members of the SAS (Special Air Service), the Colour Sergeant has fought in every campaign involving Britain in recent years, including the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland.
He is believed to be a member of 22 SAS Regiment, which is divided into four main squadrons – A, B, D and G, each consisting of around 65 men led by a major.
21 people were killed, including one Briton, and dozens were injured when terrorists stormed the building, but after being asked to help by Kenyan authorities, the soldier entered the complex on a number of occasions and led terrified members of the public to safety.
The source told the newspaper that the Colour Sergeant was in Kenya working as a liaison officer to an SAS training team and when the attack began, he was in an apartment where he was staying.
“He received a phone call from the Kenyan military, who asked if he could help, and immediately headed for the scene of the attack.
“He put his body armour in his car along with his Colt Canada C8 assault rifle and ammunition.
According to the same source, the soldier has been written up for the CGC, but are “always subject to change” and could instead be issued with a Military Cross.
“Either way, he is going to get a big gong for his actions on that day,” they added.
This isn’t the first time he has been rumoured to be in line for an award. Soon after the incident, the Telegraph newspaper claimed a “well-placed source” believed to be a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer had said the serviceman would be recommended for one of the highest medals for gallantry, likely to the George Cross.