Lieutenant Tom Onion has received ' A MENTION IN DISPATCHES ' which in turn will mean receiving an award for gallantry. Never was there a more courageous action than this young commander; who with no regard for his personal safety raced across open and heavily mined land to attend to the young 19 year old member of his platoon who had stepped on a mine.
The young soldier had both his legs blown off close to his hips. Lieutenant Onion applied Celox bandages packed with haemostatic agents that cut severe bleeding in minutes by clotting. Another member of his platoon had come over to assist his commander in the task.
A nearby American helicopter collected the injured man who's life was saved by an onboard doctor who got a saline drip into the soldier thereby getting the blood pressure up. Effectively he had been dead for three minutes before this procedure was carried out and his heart restarted.
Resultant from Lieutenant Onion's courage in racing across to the victim the young soldier has survived. Flown back to the UK he is currently receiving treatment at the Military Rehabilitation Centre Nr. Leatherhead. Surrey.
Lieutenant Onion still only in his twenties demonstrating the highest sense of courage that exemplifies the extraordinary standards of the British army in the discharge of their operations.