Medals for Bosnia braves

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A 19-year old private who fired back at Serb troops to help his colleagues find cover has become the youngest British soldiers ever to be mentioned for bravery in dispatches. The gallantry award for Mathew Mitchell, of the 2nd Battalion the Light Infantry, was one of several for service in Bosnia announced last night.

The highest award - the Air Force Cross - went to an army pilot who was flying a Navy helicopter. Squadron Major David Meyer, 34, won his award for landing a bomb disposal party in the middle of a minefield "in appalling and hazardous conditions" on 28 January after a Spartan armoured troop carrier was destroyed by a mine.