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Pride of Britain bravery award for rugby player

06 November 2012

  • Outstanding Bravery honour for Bournville centre
  • Taylor modest about recognition

Bournville rugby player Carl Taylor has been presented with a Pride of Britain Award in recognition of his bravery on active duty in Afghanistan last year.

Taylor was awarded the Military Cross earlier this year for his courage in acting as a human shield to protect three Afghan children aged between three and seven during a firefight in Helmand province in March 2011.

Taylor, a corporal in the 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, dodged bullets to rescue the boys during the attack.

His courage was further recognised at London's Grosvenor House Hotel where Taylor was presented with his Pride of Britain Award for Outstanding Bravery in front of a star-studded audience that included The Prince of Wales and Prime Minister David Cameron.

“A lot of people would be bragging if they had done what Carl has done but he is very modest and down-to-earth,” said Bournville director of rugby Rob Sigley.

“He was at our first team match on Saturday and he didn’t mention that he had won a Pride of Britain Award.

“He just turned up to watch our match and support the boys. He loves his rugby and he is a regular in our second team.

“He usually plays in the centre but he agreed to prop a couple of weeks ago to make sure that we had a game after we found ourselves short of front row forwards.

“That typifies Carl. He’s a great club man and we are very proud of the recognition he is receiving for what was an outstanding act of gallantry under fire.”

Taylor was presented with his Military Cross in March and two days later celebrated by scoring his first-ever try for Birmingham-based Bournville in a second team match against Lichfield.

“I just had to rescue them. There was a chance of them getting caught in the crossfire,” said Taylor about his heroic deed.

“All I could think to myself as I ran was: ‘Be fast.’ When I reached the boys they were cowering behind the wall, curled up in a ball. I picked up the child that was closest to me, then raced back as fast as I could.”


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