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Kate Nesbitt. (Military Cross)Fighting The Taliban.

Updated on March 1, 2016
Kate at the Palace.
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Kate Nesbitt. MC.

Kate Nesbitt was born in Plymouth in 1988. On the 27th November 2009 she was presented with the Military Cross for exemplary service under fire. She comes from a military family, both her father and brothers served in the armed forces. Kate Nesbitt joined the Royal Navy in 2005. After training as a Medical Assistant, she was posted to Afghanistan in October 2008, the tour of duty was to last until March 2009. She was part of 3 Commando Brigade's deployment on Operation Herrick IX. She was attached to C Company, 1st Battalion The Rifles.

Her Actions.

On March 12fth 2009 the company was part of an operation in the Nawa region near Lashkar Gah, Helmand Provence. This operation was designed to clear Taliban forces away from the region. The company were handing out safety packs as well as food, all meant to re-assure the local population. Whilst engaged in this duty, they were ambushed by the Taliban. During the firefight which followed, Lance Corporal John List of the 1st Rifles, was shot through the neck. Via a radio message Medical Assistant Nesbitt heard the dreaded term 'Man down' Without thought for herself she ran for 70 metres. She was on open ground and under constant fire. She then attended Lance Corporal List for 45 minutes, she administered first aid, clearing his airways and reducing the loss of blood. Without doubt action saved the Corporals life.

Her Reward.


Her citation reads: '' Nesbitt's actions throughout a series of offensive operations were exemplary; under fire and under pressure her commitment and courage were inspirational and made the difference between life and death. She performed in the finest traditions of her service '' The Taliban were driven back from the incident and the area secured. The wounded man, who was by now stabilised, was airlifted to hospital by a US Blackhawk helicopter.

Medical Assistant Nesbitt was awarded the Military Cross. It was presented to her by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on 27th November 2009. She is the first woman in the Royal Navy to be awarded the MC.

Christmas 2012.

Kate was contacted by the Prime Minister; David Cameron, he asked her to be on front of his Christmas card that year. Kate agreed immediately. When the card appeared there she was smiling proudly stood between the Prime Minister and his wife. A fitting tribute to a brave and remarkable young woman.

Awards.

MC. Military Cross.

I would appreciate your comments.


© 2012 Graham Lee

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      Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

      I've not heard of Kate Nesbitt before, a brave woman indeed. Thanks for telling her story, will be sharing it. Voted up, of course!

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Judi. Thanks for your visit, interest and votes. Yes this is going on today in Afghanistan. Heroes all!

      Graham.

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      David Hunt 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Thank you for writing and publishing this, old albion. There's very little real news (in the US) regarding the war in Afghanistan-- the people's job, according to our minders, is to keep shopping at the malls and tie yellow ribbons around things whenever something nasty from Afghanistan makes it into the news. Voted up and interesting and shared.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi UH. thank you for your visit. Yes there is more to come from here. I'm starting a series on military award winners. VC and others. Thanks for your valued votes.

      Graham.

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      royblizzard 4 years ago from Austin / Leander, Texas

      I love to read the stories of men and women who understand loyalty and honor and have a love for their fellow men. Thanks for telling us.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hello Roy. Thank you for your visit and comments. I am just starting a series of hubs about military and others, who have been honoured for their work and bravery.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I really do enjoy this series Graham, and you show the kind of man you are by highlighting the bravery of others. Well done Sir!

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Thank you Bill. I greatly appreciate your comments.

      Graham.

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      glassvisage 4 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you for this Hub! I have always held those in the military most highly in my point of view and I am happy that you are sharing these stories :)

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hello glassvisage.

      I totally agree with you. All our forces should be held in the highestr regard. Thank you for your visit and comments.

      Graham.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      I had not heard of Kate before, she probably featured on a brief news reprot but certainly deserves to be known by us all - to put her own life on the line like that showed total courage, what an amazing young woman.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Jools. I heartily agree with you, these wonderful young men and women are fighting for us daily. They should not be taken for granted.

      Thank you for your visit and valued comments.

      Graham.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Oh Graham what a wonderful story your share;a story of courage,care and compassion. I had never heard of Kate Nesbitt before but can assure you that I will never forget her name now.

      I vote this priceless gem across,up and share all around .

      Here's to a New year ahead Graham of life long friendships,good times and a whole load more hubs for us both to share on here.

      Lots of love

      Eddy.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Thank you Eddy for your wonderful comments. Thank you for the votes and sharing.

      Here's to a wonderful new year for all!

      Graham.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Thank goodness -- A happy ending for this young woman's courage and dedication. Voting up, across and sharing.

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a wonderful hub and tribute to this brave woman. Thank you for sharing her story. This is beautiful as so is she. She just reacted to doing her job under horrific conditions without thinking of her own safety. What a fine asset she is to the Royal Navy. I so enjoyed reading this.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Pamela. Thank you for your welcome visit and comments. Yes, when called she was there, wonderful. Thank you so much for your votes and sharing.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi suzettenaples. Thank you so much for your much valued visit and comments.

      Graham.

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      TSAD 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Great hub page oldalbion! I read when proud Royal Marine Clive Nesbitt undertook the heart-wrenching task of driving his daughter Kate to the airport for her own mission to Afghanistan, he hugged her and uttered only a few words of advice.

      “Don’t do anything stupid and don’t do anything brave — that’s what the officers get paid for.”

      Wonder how she feels about the Obama administration swapping 5 Taliban "generals" for a deserter?

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi tsad. Thank you so much for your visit and welcome comments. I'ts good that you can add a little more info with your comments on what her proud dad said to her. What all the forces think about Obama's action we can only ponder.

      Graham.

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      Gabby 2 years ago

      I might be betanig a dead horse, but thank you for posting this!

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Gabby. Thank you for your visit and welcome comments.

      Graham.

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      Quiana 2 years ago

      This is way better than a brick & mortar esatilbshment.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Quiana. Thank you for your visit and comment. I do appreciate it.

      Graham.

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