Warrant Officer Class 2 Kim Hughes

Bomb disposal expert Kim risked his life defusing seven bombs to save wounded comrades in Afghanistan - shunning the usual protective clothing.


After Taliban bombs killed three soldiers and left two maimed, stranded and surrounded by explosive booby traps, the brave 31-year-old had no time to consider his own safety.

As bullets rang out, he cleared an area for a helicopter landing site so the wounded could be evacuated and the dead men retrieved.

Kim, who lives in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, dismantled seven bombs - five with his bare hands as there was no time to place charges and retreat.

The Warrant Officer, who was awarded the George Cross, said: "I could lose my life but if I can save others in the process it's a risk that has to be taken.

"It's not heroic, or brave. I was doing my job."


About us

The Mirror's Pride of Britain Awards in partnership with TSB celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people who make our world a better place.



Contact Us

Pride of Britain
One Canada Square
E14 5AP 

Ruth Kosla
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Follow us @PrideOfBritain

Like us on Facebook