Karl Ley

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Karl Ley
Born Sheffield, England, UK
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Warrant Officer Class 2
Unit 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps
Battles/wars Northern Ireland
Iraq War
Afghanistan War
Awards GeorgeMedalRibbon.jpgGeorge Medal

Karl Ley GM is Class 2 Warrant Officer in the British Army and a bomb disposal expert from the 11 EOD Regiment who was awarded the George Medal for bomb disposal duties in Afghanistan, where he defused more roadside IEDs than anyone else during his six-month tour of duty.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Sheffield,[3] Ley is married and has three children.[4] As a child, Ley attended the Ecclesfield School.[5]

Early career[edit]

Ley joined the British Army as an Ammunition Technician in the Royal Logistic Corps.[5]


Ley was sent on active service with the British Army in 2010 as part of the task force engaged on Operation Herrick. During this period, Ley was a Staff Sergeant engaged in Operation Moshtarak as part of the 15,000 troops involved in the operation. He was posted to the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Task Force, responsible for providing IEDD operations to the task force. During the operation, Ley was interviewed and commented that, "We were on MOSHTARAK before MOSHTARAK started. We had to make sure that the routes were clear of devices so that the infantry guys could pass through safely."[6] Ley recovered 139 devices during his tour in Helmand Province. This was "twice as many as any other bomb disposal expert."[4] Ley was classified as a "high threat operator", once having to deactivate 42 bombs in a single village.[7]

Upon his return from his tour of duty, Ley was awarded the George Medal on 24 September 2010[8] for "conspicuous gallantry whilst serving". The Medal was presented by Prince Charles on 17 December 2010.[9] He also, along with his unit, received service medals from Tim Stevenson, the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire."[10]