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Cornishman Collects Military Award on Behalf of British Troops in Afghanistan

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8:32am 12th December 2013
(Updated 8:32am 12th December 2013)

The Cornishman who ran Britain's main base in Afghanistan picks up an award at the Millies.

Air Commodore John Bessell grew up in Daymer Bay and now lives near Newquay.

Otherwise known as Tina's husband, he is just back from a six month stint at Camp Bastion and accepted the award on behalf of everyone who has served there.

The Duke of Cornwall and Prime Minister were among those paying tribute at the Military Awards in London on Wednesday night, while celebrities included Holly Willoughby, Amy Willerton, Carol Vorderman, Roger Daltrey and Ronnie Wood.

JB told Pirate FM: "This award is about amazing people doing amazing things - be it from mending people to mending things. It recognises all those people who've served at Bastion over the years, who are serving there now and who will serve there over the coming months."

He also spoke about those that had not returned from serving in the country: "To lose someone in any way is a truly heart rending thing. As a commander your first and foremost responsibility is the safety of your people and, no matter what the circumstances, I think every commander feels responsible in some way, shape or form."

Speaking about spending Remembrance Sunday at the base he said: "That was a very, very emotional place to commemorate the lives of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. It's hugely important that we never, ever lose sight of them and all their loved ones as well at a particularly difficult time for them."

Tina said: "John's dad passed away in 1994 so has not seen JB's achievements, but would have been very proud. Clearly, I  and the kids, Maya and Woody, are immensely proud."

8:32am 12th December 2013

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