Para offers Iraq gallantry medal to obtain kid on property ladder

An Iraq war hero is to sell a top gallantry medal he won in Iraq for up to 100,000, so he can assist get his child on the property ladder.

Sgt Gordon Robertson has actually shown the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in his home since he was awarded it following the 2003 Battle of Majar al Kabir in which six British Royal Military police officers were killed. The soldiers were massacred when the police station they were holed up in was overwhelmed by a baying mob after they ran out of ammo.

At the time the paratrooper was leading a patrol of 12 men just 200 meters away when they came up against the exact same crowd of 200 Iraqis equipped with AK47 rifles, machine guns and rocket moved grenades. In spite of being gently armed and confronted with overwhelming odds, the Paras invested 2 hours bring upon heavy casualties with fatal precise fire.

Sgt Robertson displayed 'motivational bravery and tactical ability' to lead his guys to safety with barely a scratch on them. Sgt Robertson, who resides in Scotland, left the army in 2004 and has actually now chosen to sell his design - one below the Victoria Cross - because he wishes to assist purchase his full-grown boy his very first house. Paul Murray, of auctioneers Warwick and Warwick of Chester, said: "Robbo was the first serving paratrooper to be granted to Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

"He wasn't taken with the idea of all the glamour the powers that be aimed to thrust upon him when he won this award.

"He didn't want to be put on a stand, forever getting put on program with his medal. He was very modest about it and underplayed the entire thing. "So he left the Army which is why he wore civilian clothing when he was presented with his medal by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. "He approached us about a year ago when he initially thought of offering his medal and asked how much it might be worth. "When we told him his response was that the figure was half a house for his son. That is why he has chosen to sell the medals now, to assist get his boy on the property ladder.".

Sgt Robertson signed up with the Parachute Regiment in 1989 and served on numerous trips of Northern Ireland in the 1990s. He and a comrade broke a world record in 1999 by completing the London Marathon in 4 hours and 14 minutes in uniform and each brings a 40lb army rucksack. In June 2003, he led one of two devices in to the town of Majar al Kabir in southern Iraq to conduct a foot patrol accompanied by friendly Iraqi Militia. However their existence was not welcomed by locals and they were quickly faced by an ever-increasing hostile crowd that grew to about 200. The mob at first rocks threw rocks at the lightly-armed British Paras prior to live rounds were fired.

At that point the 12 men were required to respond and for the next 2 hours Sgt Roberts and his guys caused heavy casualties on the mob with accurate fire while they tried to get to safety. Back-up shown up in the type of the Household Cavalry Regiment which permitted the males to withdraw with barely any ammo`s left and without a scratch on them.

It was just then they learnt of the murder of the six RMP officers close by. Sgt Robertson's unit were just 200 meters away from them but a communications breakdown meant they were uninformed of their desperate circumstance and so could not go to their aid or call in supports.

The citation for the CGC checks out: "Robertson showed bravery and leadership of the greatest order. "Despite overwhelming probabilities, during a continual firefight lasting over two hours, he handled to remove his entire multiple to safety without serious injury or loss of life. ".

After Sgt Robertson left the army he carried on operating in Iraq in a security role. Along with his CGC, his General Service Medal with Northern Ireland clasp is also being sold at auction. Letters of congratulations from the Prince of Wales, Gen Sir Mike Jackson comprise the lot together with his Para beret and cap badge.

Last year Iraq veteran Color Sergeant James Harkess sold his CGC for 156,000 to assist economically promote him economically for the future. Sgt Harkess assisted wipe out 50 enemy soldiers in among the bloodiest battles of the dispute.