Military Cross for the 'bomb magnet' soldier blown up 17 times

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    Military Cross for the 'bomb magnet' soldier blown up 17 times

    A soldier who has been involved in 17 bomb attacks by insurgents has been awarded the Military Cross for helping co-ordinate the response to the most recent one - even as he lay wounded

    He is either the unluckiest man in the Army, or the luckiest. Warrant Officer Class 1 Patrick Hyde has been blown up 17 times by insurgents − but has escaped serious injury on each occasion.
    The soldier, who has been nicknamed “bomb magnet”, has been awarded the Military Cross for his actions after the latest attack, when he helped to coordinate the evacuation of injured soldiers, as well as a senior Afghan general and his men, as he lay wounded on the ground.
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    Of his repeated encounters with IEDs, WO1 Hyde, who has a son, Henry, 8, and a daughter, Evie, 5, and has been in the Army for 21 years, said: “I’m lucky, I suppose. Most either end up dead or with bits missing. This [last one] was certainly as close as I want to get.
    “I don’t like driving a desk. I want to be a soldier. I am slightly attuned. I know what to look for. But I might get run over, or fall down stairs. I reckon I will die in a really stupid way.”


    Military Cross for the 'bomb magnet' soldier blown up 17 times - Telegraph
     
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