Dozens of British service personnel lost their lives in the recent conflict in Iraq and the Middle East nation also saw fierce fighting during the First World War.
In the thick of it was George Moulds, who signed up for the Army in January 1914, six months before the outbreak of the Great War.
He was initially deployed with the Leicestershire Regiment to the Western Front where trench warfare ensued across the battlefields of France and Belgium.
George was involved in the dogged Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915.
The fighting took place around the Artois region of France, west of Lille, with both sides suffering large casualties and securing very little ground in return.
George was given the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for his brave actions in the battle on March 11 and 12.
His nephew, Des Moulds (88), who lives with wife Margaret in Melton, said: “George was awarded the medal for handling his machine gun with coolness and ability under fire.
“He also showed great courage in building gun emplacements under heavy fire.
“We have his DCM and other medals he was awarded.
“He was obviously a very brave man.”
Lance Corporal Moulds found himself in Mesopotamia - what is now Iraq - the following year. He was killed in action there on January 28, 1916, and is buried at the Amara War Cemetery, which is south-east of Baghdad.
Des added: “I would like to see my uncle’s grave but I’ve been told it is too dangerous to go there now.”
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