Engineering Science Graduate wins Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

Robin Bourne-Taylor, graduate of the Department of Engineering Science (Christ Church College, Oxford 2005) and Captain in the British Army, has won the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC) - the highest award for courage in active operations after the Victoria Cross.

Robin Bourne-TaylorWhilst at Oxford, Robin was a member of the University Boat Club and a Boat Race winner three times. He also rowed for Great Britain in the Olympics (Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008). Robin has also won bronze medals in the world rowing championships in 2003 and 2007.

Robin won the CGC for ‘storming a Taliban position under heavy fire and capturing ten insurgents. On another occasion, he chased Taliban across fields of opium and wheat for more than a mile. Two more fighters were captured.’ The citation says, “These incidents typify the gallantry, courage and determination Bourne-Taylor has displayed time and again.”

Our congratulations go to Robin on being awarded one of the military’s highest honours for courage.

Acknowledgements: “The Sunday Times” and Wikipedia.