Lance Corproral Matt Croucher grew up in the Midlands and joined the Royal Marines aged 16, passing through the legendary thirty-week training programme and into 40 Commando despite a series of injuries. He served two tours with the Marines in Iraq before transferring into the Royal Marines Reserves and returning to Iraq as a private security contractor with the United Nations. He rejoined the 40 Commando for the ultimate challenge of a tour of duty in war-torn Afghanistan in September 2007.
Five months later he faced down death by diving on a tripwired grenade to save the lives of his men. Awarded the George Cross, his incredible story of heroism has featured in newspapers, TV and radio shows around the world.