Military Cross honour for brave Iain after ambush
PUBLISHED: 13:00 09 October 2011
A FORMER Priory Community School pupil has been recognised for his extraordinary bravery after courageously fighting off the Taliban in an attempt to save the lives of his fellow soldiers.
Captain Iain Curren, aged 28, is to receive the Military Cross for charging an enemy ambush twice in Helman Province, Afghanistan, while in extreme danger.
The army officer, currently based in Skye, but who grew up in Worle, was leading his platoon under heavy fire when it became pinned down by a large Taliban group using rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns.
The former Castle Batch Primary School and Churchill Sixth Form student, who is serving with The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2 Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, saw an International Security Assistance Officer gunned down and two separate patrols cornered under enemy fire.
So, risking his own life on his first major military operation, he prepared his team to charge into the first ambush location to help with the recovery of the fallen soldier.
Under fire, Cpt Curren lead two counter-attacks, resulting in the recovery of the soldier’s body and other colleagues during the rescue last December.
He said: “I feel humbled and delighted to receive this honour.
“This award is a direct result of the qualities of the soldiers that I was lucky enough to lead.”
Following the rescue Cpt Curren patrolled through the village to ensure no local nationals had been harmed and provide reassurance.
Iain’s citation states: “His exceptional leadership and personal bravery was far beyond that expected of a junior officer.”
Cpt Curren lived in Worle from the age of three before going to Cardiff University and then Sandhurst.
n Pictured above: Iain fronting his platoon.