Lance Bombardier Steven Gadsby, from Louth, Lincolnshire, is hoping to raise £120,000 from his medals earned for bravery during a Taliban insurgents attack in Helmand Province, Afghanistan
A British Army veteran who twice ran through a hail of bullets to save wounded comrades in Afghanistan is selling his medals so he can buy a house.
Lance Bombardier Steven Gadsby, from Louth, Lincolnshire, is looking to raise an estimated £120,000 to buy a home for his family.
The 36-year-old was part of a notorious foot patrol in Helmand Province which came under heavy fire from Taliban insurgents.
7 Platoon of the 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards, operated in the south of Nadi-e-Ali undertaking regular patrols of the surrounding fields and sangars, enduring regular attacks, reports Grimsby Live.
L/Bmdr Gadsby earned his gallantry medal for his actions during a 21-person patrol of compounds near their base on May 9, 2009.
The patrol came under fire from three sides from over 50 Taliban insurgents.
Platoon commander, Lieutenant Mark Evison, was shot in the shoulder, with L/Bmdr Gadsby and several comrades carrying him on a stretcher through an irrigation ditch filled chest-high with water.
Ignoring his own safety, the soldier then put the officer over his shoulder and dashed 330ft across an exposed bridge while being peppered by hostile fire.
After delivering Lt Evison to a medic, he ran through more gunfire to rescue Guardsman Stuart Gizzie, who had been shot in both ankles, and carried him over his shoulder to safety.
L/Bmdr Gadsby “collapsed with exhaustion” after handing the second casualty over to the medic.
Lt Evison died hours later having lost half of his blood, but Gdsmn Gizzie recovered from his injuries.
Harrowing footage showing L/Bmdr Gadsby’s heroism and Lt Evison’s last moments was later shown as part of the BBC’s Our War series broadcast in 2012.
L/Bmdr Gadsby was awarded the prestigious Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, with his citation praising his “complete disregard for his own safety”.
But he is now selling his medals with London-based auctioneers Morton & Eden.
David Kirk, medal specialist for the firm, said: “It is a real privilege for us to be offering this superb modern gallantry group in our forthcoming auction.
“The gallantry shown by Lance-Bombardier Gadsby was truly remarkable, as he knowingly and willingly risked his own life twice in quick succession, running exposed through ‘a storm of bullets’ in order to help save the lives of his friends and fellow soldiers.
“That these moments happened to be captured ‘live’ on camera in the heat of the battle, only serves to make it all the more inspiring, with a lasting record of his courage and bravery there for all to see.”
L/Bmdr Gadsby joined the Royal Artillery aged 17 in 2002.
He served in the Iraq War with the 40th Regiment, Royal Artillery, doing regular house-to-house searches for guns and explosives in Basra.
He did tours of Cyprus and Northern Ireland before returning to Iraq in 2006.
He transferred to the 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards, and was sent to Afghanistan in 2009.