"It means a lot to me as I have lost family in the world wars and friends and colleagues in the present conflicts, I think of them every day but this just gives us all as a nation a day to remember all that have given their lives for us.”
Former Sergeant Robert Moore was awarded the Military Cross. He was medically discharged in 2015 from his post with the First Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment “Vikings”, after serving 22 years and 2 days.
Robert served in Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Iraq, before being deployed to Afghanistan in 2007.
In Afghanistan, Robert was stationed with his company in a deserted town called Nowzad as a section commander. A month into the tour, he was wounded in battle and one of his comrades was killed.
“On Friday 13th April 2007, the company went on a patrol into known enemy territory. After 5 hours the company had cleared the whole area with no enemy action. When the OC gave the order to start a move back, all hell broke loose.
“1 Platoon had come under very heavy small arms, RPG and mortar fire. We were ordered to move to the north to give them fire support so they could extract to safety. To this day I still do not know how any of them got out of there, as the enemy fire was so intense.”
During an extended firefight with the Taliban, Robert’s point man was hit, and killed. Robert was shot in the arm but continued fighting and made sure the remainder of his section got back safely. He was airlifted back to Camp Bastion for two operations, before being sent back to the UK.
After four months of intense rehab in Headley Court, Robert returned for the last six weeks of the tour. He was later awarded the Military Cross for his efforts in Afghanistan.
This year, Robert is taking part in the annual Cenotaph march as part of a contingent of Help for Heroes veterans.
“Help for Heroes was formed when I was at Headley Court and has helped me whilst I was serving and I have now started a 20-year ADVANCE study at the new DMRC Stanford Hall, which is helping with my ongoing treatment. It’s a way of showing my support to a great charity.”