Para keeps it in family with second Victoria Cross

Lance Corporal Joshua Mark Leakey of the Parachute Regiment after he was named as being awarded the Victoria Cross (VC)
Lance Corporal Joshua Mark Leakey of the Parachute Regiment after he was named as being awarded the Victoria Cross (VC)

A Para has won the Victoria Cross almost 70 years after another member of his family was awarded the same honour.

Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey, 27, has been given the British armed forces’ highest military decoration awarded for valour in the face of the enemy for heroic exploits in Afghanistan.

His second cousin twice removed, Sergeant Nigel Gray Leakey, was a posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross in November 1945 for his gallantry while fighting in Africa during the Second World War.

Lance Corporal Leakey, from Hampshire, is only the 15th serviceman to receive the VC since the Second World War.

He is also the third serviceman to receive the VC for service in Afghanistan and the only one not to receive it posthumously.

He will receive his medal for the role he played during a combined UK/US assault on a Taliban stronghold in Bar Now Zad, Helmand province, on August 22, 2013.

He said his family was “over the moon” when they found out he would receive the VC.

Asked about his relative who also won the VC, he said: “It’s from my dad’s side of the family – they are all very military-orientated, there’s been someone in the military from every generation that I know of.

“I’ve got a bit of a mad family you could say, there’s a lot of eccentric people.”