A HERO who braved enemy fire to drag two comrades to safety was among six soldiers honoured at Hounslow Barracks recently.

Lance Corporal Ryan Mumford, from Oldham, was serving in Helmand, Afghanistan, in 2006 when a fierce onslaught left two colleagues lying helpless on the ground.

Showing no thought for his own safety, he hauled one of the men to safety before returning for the other, almost certainly saving both their lives.

Members of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment spent more than two years in Cyprus, regularly facing perilous missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, before arriving in Hounslow in March.

The full list of soldiers honoured as part of the St George's Day celebrations is:

Corporal Adam Paul Jones, from Birmingham (Commander Joint Operations' Commendation): maintained fire after his radio headset was sliced by shrapnel.

Captain Robin Smith, from Woking (Mention in Despatches): entered a firing bay where several of his men had been blown off their feet.

Colour Sergeant Richard Halloran, from Newcastle (CJOC): saved the lives of two comrades wounded by a car bomb after similar attacks had killed two of his men in the space of a week.

Sergeant Martyn Gibbons, from Rochdale (MBE): insisted on giving his second-in-command a full handover briefing after being hit in the legs by a rifle round.

Corporal James Lalley, from Manchester (Commendation): dived to 30ft in perilous waters to save a swimmer who disappeared beneath the surface during training in Scotland.