Royal Marine Matthew Bispham sold his medal for more than £9000
A SOLDIER has sold his Military Cross for more than £9,000 just months after he sued the Ministry of Defence for failing to spot his post-traumatic stress disorder, according to reports.
Lance Corporal Matthew Bispham, won his award for “unflinching courage” after he battled groups of Taliban fighters in order to protect his dying comrade, the Sun revealed.
But yesterday he sold it at an action in Knutsford Chesire for £9,100 in a bid to relinquish relations with his former bosses.
The military cross reportedly had a guide price of £8,000 – £12,000.
The 42-year-old was keen to sell his honour after he sued the Ministry of Defence for £100,000 a few months ago.
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The MoD reportedly failed to spot his symptoms of PTSD, and failed to diagnose him for five years.
The Royal Marine developed post-traumatic stress disorder following the January 2007 firefight in Helmand.
During the battle, he allegedly killed one rebel in close combat and injured another after he watched his friend Tom Curry, 21, die at his side.
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Last September, amid hearings for his lawsuit, a court heard how Mr Bispham tried to inform his Colour Sergeant that he “was not right”, but was ignored.
The Marine then took himself to a doctor to get checked, but she concluded that whilst he showed “PTSD symptoms”, she failed to follow a PTSD checklist.
As a result, she ruled that Mr Bispham had “no MH (mental health) diagnosis” and instead referred him for an anger management course, the newspaper reported.
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The blunder left him taking anti-depressants, feeling suicidal and caused him to gamble “excessively”.
His lawyers also said his marriage suffered and his relationship with his children was “adversely affected”.
The lawsuit claimed Matthew would have recovered had he been diagnosed earlier and his military career would “have been preserved”.