Victoria Cross awarded to former Witham Hall pupil Joshua Leakey

The Victoria Cross. Photo: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
The Victoria Cross. Photo: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
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A former pupil from Witham Hall School has received Britain’s highest award for bravery at a ceremony held at Windsor Castle this week.

Paratrooper Joshua Leakey, 27, is the first living British service man to receive the Victoria Cross since 2005.

He was presented with the honour by the Queen, for his actions in single-handedly leading the fight back against a Taliban attack in Helmand, running through heavy fire as he tried to rescue trapped colleagues.

Staff and pupils at Witham Hall School were immensely proud to learn that this distinction had been awarded to a former pupil.

Headmaster, Mr Charles Welch, said: “The outstanding achievements of those who have directly gone before you serve as a great inspiration to children in all schools, but few awards can serve to inspire more than the Victoria Cross, particularly when one hears of the story relating to Joshua.”