Worthing soldier mentioned in despatches for heroics under fire

Lance Bombardier Lewis Denyer. UK MOD Crown Copyright 2011
Lance Bombardier Lewis Denyer. UK MOD Crown Copyright 2011

A WORTHING soldier who helped fight off a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan while treating a badly injured colleague has been honoured for his gallantry.

Lance Bombardier Lewis Denyer, has been mentioned in despatches for his brave actions.

Lewis, 23, of 7 Para Royal Horse Artillery and a former Durrington High School pupil, gave life-saving first aid to a colleague while under machine gun fire during Op Herrick 13 in Afghanistan in March.

As well as putting himself in enemy fire to save the soldier, he entered the firing line a further eight times to identify the Taliban’s firing positions.

The despatches citation speaks of Lewis’s “remarkable courage under fire, clarity of thought and decisiveness”.

The citation concluded: “Denyer demonstrated mental agility, professional excellence and physical courage well beyond his age and, in particular, his rank and experience.”

Lewis was among 140 military personnel named in the latest Operational Honours list.

His parents, Alan and Caroline Denyer, who have recently moved from Chesswood Road, Worthing, to Devon, said they were incredibly proud of their son.