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Military Personnel Honoured At Buckingham Palace

An Afghanistan war veteran who made horse racing history and a leading seaman who rescued the crew of a burning ship were both honoured.

Two members of the military have been honoured at Buckingham Palace for their achievements.

Five years ago at Sandown, Captain Guy Disney became the first jockey in Britain to race over fences with a prosthetic limb. 

Two years later he claimed victory on the course.

The former soldier lost part of his right leg in Afghanistan when a vehicle he was travelling in was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Capt Disney was also recognised for services to polar expeditions and veterans' charities after he joined the Duke of Sussex on a trek to the North Pole in aid of the Walking With The Wounded charity.

"I've been very spoiled... you don't see those days behind the scenes when there's doctors, physios, family, my parents," Capt Disney said.

"You are reliant on [a] lot of other people's hard work," he added.

Also honoured was Leading Seaman David Groves, who received TheQueen’s Gallantry Medal for helping to save the lives of 27 Sailors from a burning vessel.

As part of the crew of HMS Argyll he helped to save all members aboard a cargo ship after its containers and cars caught fire in March last year.

The sailor responded to a mayday from the 28,000-tonne Italian merchant ship, Grande America, in the Bay of Biscay.

"It is good to get recognised for the work done," Leading Seaman Groves told Forces News.

Both men were presented with the honours by members of the royal family at Buckingham Palace.