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A Tale Of Bravery .. And Possibly Stupidity?

We present two stories. Both about the same young man. I am deeply proud of the young man in the first story and deeply saddened by the same young man in the second story. Here is a picture of the young fellow. The story is not over yet so I beg everyone to withhold judgement until all the evidence is presented. I find it hard to believe the same young man is involved in both stories. We first covered the story of this young man back in April. Here are Shaun Jardine’s two stories ....

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Bravery awards for KOSB corporals

by JIM MCBETH

TWO Scottish soldiers who showed great heroism under fire during the war in Iraq have joined the nation’s roll of war heroes.

Corporal Shaun Jardine and Corporal Anthony Currie, both of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, have been awarded two of Britain’s highest gallantry awards.

The Borderers are among 120 military personnel included in the Operational Honours and Awards List for 2003.

Cpl Jardine, 22, from Dumfries, a soldier since he was 17, won the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

Cpl Currie, 30, an 11-year veteran, from Hamilton, Lanarkshire, was awarded the Military Cross.

Last night, Cpl Jardine’s mother, June, 43, said she was delighted. “I was just happy to see him come out alive, never mind a hero,” she said.

“He is being modest, but he’s excited.”

On 9 August, Cpl Jardine was commanding a rapid-reaction force from Al Uzayr in southern Iraq.

His team engaged two enemy positions, one occupied by three men with automatic weapons and the other by a machine-gunner.

The corporal told his men to cover him and, despite facing intense fire, he single-handedly charged the positions, killing the Iraqis.

His “quick thinking and total disregard for his own safety undoubtedly served to prevent casualties among his own team and other units”, according to his citation.

The day before - 8 August - Cpl Currie was commanding a unit also based at Al Uzayr.

He led his men on a frontal assault into heavy fire. During the assault an unexpected enemy appeared between Cpl Currie’s team and the objective.

He killed the enemy and maintained the assault, clearing buildings and wounding another two enemy combatants.

His citation records that his “selfless courage and inspirational leadership” led to the success of their mission.

Yesterday, Lieutenant Colonel Rob Jefferies, the soldiers’ commanding officer, said: “This is a proud day for all of us and tremendous news for these courageous young Borderers who have conducted themselves in keeping with the highest standards of our regimental tradition.”

Cpl Jardine phoned his mother in Dumfries from Northern Ireland, where the regiment is on a tour of duty.

Mrs Jardine added: “Every second of every day he was in Iraq we worried. I was so glad to have him home and so excited for him.

“His grandfather was a soldier, but sadly didn’t live to see Shaun a hero.”

The KOSB heroes were among a number of soldiers from Scottish regiments who received accolades.

And now for the second story, much more recent and more tragic .... if true ....

DRUG PROBE GULF HERO GETS MEDAL FROM THE OUEEN

Oct 29 2004

Award as soldier faces cocaine rap Exclusive

By Cara Page

A HERO of the war in Iraq who is at the centre of a cocaine probe will be decorated by the Queen today.

Corporal Shaun Jardine, 22, was arrested after police allegedly found him with the Class A drug.

Samples of a white powder are being analysed after cops stopped him outside a nightclub.

Jardine - who is in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers - faces the boot from the Army if he is guilty.

But the Dumfries man will still meet the Queen at the awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

He is to receive the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross - Britain’s second highest bravery award after the Victoria Cross - for his heroism during a tour of duty in Iraq last year.

He stormed two Iraqi gun positions single-handed while under fire.

An Army insider said: ‘It is hugely embarrassing that they are putting this boy before the Queen when he is under investigation for possession of cocaine.

‘The KOSBs still want that medal and were determined to send him to London to pick it up. Many people think if he is found guilty then he is not fit to wear the Queen’s uniform never mind meet her.

‘There is no place in the Army for drugs.’

Jardine, who signed up at 17, was considered a soldier with a bright future.

In April, he learned that he was to be awarded the prestigious medal.

But his career has been on the line since October 3 when he was arrested outside a nightclub in Kent. Jardine was in the area for training prior to a tour in Northern Ireland, where he is currently serving.

Police allegedly found white powder while searching him after a tip-off.

He was held on suspicion of possessing a Class A substance and bailed until December 10.

If the powder is cocaine, he could be cautioned or charged.

He would then face a court martial and possible dismissal from the Army.

A spokeswoman for Kent Police said: ‘The substance has gone off to forensics for testing. If there is anything to charge him with, that’s when we’ll have the evidence to do so.’

Jardine is one of only four servicemen being honoured for their work in Iraq by the Queen at today’s investiture.

Accolades will be given to more than 100 people from a number of walks of life including sport, the police and the fire service.

Last night, Jardine was enjoying a celebratory dinner at barracks in Woolwich, London, ahead of the presentation.


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