War hero, 47, awarded the Military Cross after taking on 20 enemy gunman during Iraq War in 2003 is selling his medal at auction to raise money for house deposit
A war hero who won the Military Cross after taking on around 20 enemy Iraqi gunmen is selling his gallantry medal this month in a bid to raise money for a house deposit.
Corporal Tony Currie, 47, of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, earned the medal for his ‘selfless courage and inspirational leadership’ after he came under heavy fire near the Al Uzayr security base, in Southern Iraq, on the night of August 8, 2003.
The Glasgow based soldier directed his team forward in a prolonged firefight before leading them in a frontal assault on the Iraqis who were armed with, machine guns, AK47 rifles and rocket propelled grenade launchers.
Mr Currie, who served for 13 years and also won six other medals, will now sell his Military Cross at an auction later this month in an effort to raise money for a deposit on a house.
Corporal Tony Currie, 47, of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, was awarded the Military Cross after taking on around 20 enemy Iraqi gunmen in 2003
The auction, which is due to take place at Dix Noonan Webb in London, could see the medal fetch between £15,000 and £20,000.
Mr Currie was awarded the Military Cross after he and his fire team came under attack near the Al Uzayr security base in the Maysan Province in 2003.
During the assault, around 20 Iraqi insurgents fired their machine guns and RPG7 rocket-propelled grenade launchers at the soldiers,.
Cpl Currie shot dead one enemy soldier and wounded two others before clearing two buildings and recovering weapons and ammo.
The soldier, who was presented with his Military Cross by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace the following year, later returned home to Scotland where he is now looking to buy a home.
Head of client liaison at Dix Noonan Webb, Christopher Mellor-Hill, told The Scotsman: ‘This is a unique set of awards, including the only Military Cross to the King’s Own Scottish Borderers for Iraq.’
The Glasgow based soldier will now sell his Military Cross at an auction later this month in an effort to raise money for a deposit on a house
He added: ‘Following the sale of Corporal Jardine’s C.G.C in July, we are extremely pleased to be offering Corporal Currie’s Military Cross as the other part of that story that does credit to all the soldiers of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers at that time.’
Last month, Mr Currie’s colleague, Shaun Jardine, sold his Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC) at auction for £14,000 to raise money for a family home.
The soldier, from Dumfries, who also served as a corporal in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, received the award after he led his team move forward and forced the enemy to withdraw during an attack in the Maysan Province during the Iraq War in 2003.