Veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and survived eight bomb blasts is selling his Military Cross and other medals to help him forget the traumas
- Veteran Trevor Coult, 41, is selling his medals including the Military Cross
- He was awarded the honour for fighting off insurgents in Baghdad in 2005
- Survived eight bomb blasts and 76 enemy engagements during three tours
- PTSD sufferer auctioning awards because they bring back ‘bad memories’
PUBLISHED: 15:42 BST, 6 March 2016 | UPDATED: 20:00 BST, 6 May 2016
Ex-Colour Sergeant Trevor Coult, 41, from Woodbridge in Suffolk, was awarded the third highest military honour for bravery for fighting off suicide bombers and gunmen who ambushed his convoy in Baghdad in 2005.
Now his nine medals and various memorabilia – which have a combined guide price of £35,000 to £40,000 – are being auctioned on March 19 by Lockdales in Martlesham, Suffolk.
Ex-Colour Sergeant Trevor Coult, 41, (pictured) from Woodbridge, Suffolk, was awarded the Military Cross for fighting off suicide bombers and gunmen who ambushed his convoy in Baghdad in 2005
The former Royal Irish Regiment soldier, who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, says he will set aside the proceeds of the sale for his five-year-old son, Sebastian.
Mr Coult survived eight bomb blasts and 76 enemy engagements during three operational tours of Afghanistan.
He said: ‘Suffering as I do, having the medals brings back bad memories for me. I hope they go to someone who appreciates them more than I do.
‘It has not been an easy decision to get rid of these things, but I feel like they are a weight around my neck.
‘I’m glad they are going. It’s a way of clearing things out of my head.’
Mr Coult, who wrote a book about his experiences battling the Taliban in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, said he and many of his former comrades remained deeply affected by what they had been through.
He added: ‘Every day is such a struggle for me. Over the past few years I’ve lost six ex-colleagues who have taken their own lives.+4
Mr Coult when he was in the Royal Irish Regiment
‘You constantly analyse your actions. I can always remember the guys to my left and right.
‘It’s always on my mind. Maybe I didn’t take the right shot which meant someone next to me died.
‘You have that many explosions and things that happen to you.
‘When I walk down the street now and a car backfires I duck down.
‘It can be overwhelming. If I’m going somewhere, the day beforehand I will go round and analyse where the exits are and the surroundings, and that’s how I cope with things.’
The medals he is selling include his service medals for fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and a USA President’s Medallion which was presented to him by US president George Bush in 2008.
They are being sold in a single lot with his other memorabilia including pictures of him with President Bush and the Queen presenting him with the Military Cross, which is Britain’s third highest military honour for bravery.
Mr Coult, who left the Army in 2014 after a 19 year career, is also selling his badges, maps, diaries and a copy of his book, ‘First into Sangin’.
He said he first felt the symptoms of PTSD in 2005, but it was not diagnosed until 2009.
On his last tour of Afghanistan he worked at the top security British prison holding Taliban insurgents at Camp Bastion.
He claimed last year that the Taliban bomb-maker whose roadside device killed a female British Army officer had been freed from the prison in a secret political deal.
Lockdales auction manager James Sadler said: ‘We are honoured to have been given the duty of selling Trevor’s militaria. He showed such courage and professionalism without regard for his own safety.’
The medals (pictured) Mr Coult is selling include his service medals for fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and a USA President’s Medallion which was presented to him by US president George Bush in 2008
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