Soldier Nicknamed ‘Bomb Magnet’ Awarded UK Military Cross

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‘Bomb magnet’ soldier says blasts ‘occupational hazard’

A soldier nicknamed “bomb magnet” after being blown up 17 times by insurgent attacks in his career has recalled how he thought he had lost his leg in the most recent incident, as he received a medal at Buckingham Palace.

The Prince of Wales even questioned WO1 Patrick Hyde on how he had been caught in so many blasts as he presented the 38-year-old with a Military Cross for “the extraordinary extent of his sense of responsibility and personal gallantry”.

WO1 Hyde, Regimental Serjeant Major of the 4th Bn The Rifles, said after the ceremony that the risk of being caught in bomb attacks in Helmand province was “an occupational hazard”. His frequent brushes with death had not made him superstitious.

He said: “There’s no lucky charms, when you operate in Sangin, as I have done, it becomes a bit of an occupational hazard up there. I’m just fortunate enough that I’ve survived.

“We’re trained to do what we do and it becomes second nature. You work together as a team and regardless of the threat there’s a job to be done at the end of it.”

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