An army veteran who risked his life to save hundreds of people held hostage by Islamic terrorists has received the UK’s highest civilian honour for bravery.
Major Dominic Troulan, who served for two decades in the special forces, today became the first civilian recipient of the George Cross in more than 40 years.
Armed with just a pistol, Major Troulan returned a dozen times to the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi in 2013 to search for survivors and lead them to safety after al-Shabab extremists stormed the centre armed with machine guns and grenades.
He was asked by a friend to find his wife and daughter who were trapped inside the building – but selflessly went back inside to save dozens of other men, women and children.
But as he was given his medal by the Queen, he said he was merely the ‘custodian’ and dedicated it to the countless other victims of similar atrocities around the world.