Soldier ‘invented tale of braverybefore selling medals for £140,000

MILITARY police have launched a probe after a soldier was accused of inventing his tale of bravery to win a top honour.

At least two Special Forces soldiers are among dozens of witnesses due to be grilled.

A soldier is being probed by military police as he was accused of inventing his tale of bravery to win the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

A soldier is being probed by military police as he was accused of inventing his tale of bravery to win the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross信用: 盖蒂
Ex-Rifles Serjeant Deacon Cutterham, here awarded by Prince Charles, said he grabbed a Taliban hand grenade and threw it away from his men in Afghanistan

Ex-Rifles Serjeant Deacon Cutterham, here awarded by Prince Charles, said he grabbed a Taliban hand grenade and threw it away from his men in Afghanistan信用: 功放

Ex-Rifles Serjeant Deacon Cutterham was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross — second only to a Victoria Cross — for grabbing a 塔利班 hand grenade and throwing it away from his men in southern 阿富汗’s Helmand province in 2011.

The citation called his actions “phenomenally brave and incredibly selfless” and “saved lives”.

But comrades accused him of lying when he sold medals, including the CGC, at auction for £140,000.

The Army insisted Cutterham’s story had been “rigorously scrutinised” before 查尔斯王子 pinned the gong on his chest at 白金汉宫 在 2012.

No one disputes a grenade went off on Cutterham’s May 24 patrol, but his fellow Riflemen said they believe it was one of their own.

An ex-comrade told The Sun: “It never happened. No one saw it. When we got back to camp we realised there was a hand grenade missing.”

他加了: “We put up with him saying how brave he was, but when we saw he was profiting by selling the medals it was too much.”

Cutterham, 38, 的 布里斯托尔, who served with 1 Rifles regiment, said no one witnessed his derring-do because they dived for cover when he yelled “grenade!”.

在 2020, when the claims first surfaced, 他告诉太阳报: “The action happened as per the citation and I stand by those events.”

An Army spokesperson said: “As the matter is the subject of an investigation it would be inappropriate to comment.”