- Military Cross
Matthew Cockburn was awarded the Military Cross for his action during an attack on an enemy position in Afghanistan.
On 27th November 2008 Sergeant Cockburn and his patrol attacked a group of Taliban fighters who were concealed in a trench. Moving across largely open ground he and his patrol were fired on. Undeterred, they continued to manoeuvre forward towards the enemy.
When they were about 30 meters from the trench they were fired upon from a previously unseen position. Cockburn ordered three men to suppress the position whilst he continued toward the main trench, which he reached, capturing an enemy fighter.