Courageous Rob Weeks, just 19, refused morphine because it would weaken him and mean Commando comrades would have to carry him off the battlefield. Rupert Hamer reports for the Sunday Mirror.
Despite his horrific wound, he gave fellow Marines covering fire when they finally helped him to safety Rob, from Weymouth Dorset, told last night how he and his comrades came under attack while on patrol in Helmand, Afghanistan. He said:
"I was peering round a wall and the next thing I knew I was on the ground - knocked down by a bullet through my neck.
"My mouth was full of blood but I managed to say 'man down' into my radio.
"A Marine near me gave first aid. He said the bullet was millimetres from my jugular vein.
"I found out later they could see the vein pulsating in the hole in my neck. They wanted to give me morphine but I refused."