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Aussie nurse among Queen’s bravery honours for London Bridge heroics

Residents pay their tributes on the first anniversary of the London Bridge attacks in June. Photo: AAP
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An Australian nurse who died trying to save others during the London Bridge terror attack is among eight people recognised by the Queen for their bravery.

Kirsty Boden, 28 – along with Spanish victim Ignacio Echeverria – feature on this year’s Civilian Gallantry list announced on Thursday.

Her family said they felt “very proud” of her being awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.

British backpacker Thomas Jackson has also been posthumously honoured for trying to save fellow Briton Mia Ayliffe-Chung during a frenzied knife attack at a Queensland hostel in 2016.

Ms Boden, who was among eight people killed by terrorists Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba, died as she tried to help victims on London Bridge.

Kirsty Boden has been awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in this year’s Civilian Gallantry list. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA

She was originally from Loxton in South Australia’s Riverland, and worked as a nurse at London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital.

“As she tried to save the life of an injured person, the terrorists attacked her and she was fatally wounded,” the official citation reads.

“It is without a doubt that Kirsty Boden displayed courage and compassion when, without concern for her own safety, she went to assist those who were injured.

“She could have taken cover to protect herself, as most people caught up in such a serious and life threatening situations would have done. However, being a nurse, she took her training to care for others to the highest level.”

The victims of the terrorist attack – Christine Archibald, James McMullan, Alexandre Pigeard, Sebastien Belanger, Kirsty Boden, Sara Zelenak, Xavier Thomas and Ignacio Echeverria. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA

Mr Echeverria, who tried to stop the knife-wielding terrorists with only his skateboard, is posthumously awarded the George Medal.

The 39-year-old Spanish banker had undoubtedly prevented further loss of life by running towards the terrorists to allow others to escape, the awarding committee said.

Two police officers who confronted the attackers were awarded the George Medal for gallantry of an extremely high order.

British Transport Police officer Wayne Marques, left badly injured after fighting off all three terrorists armed with only his baton, said the recognition is “a silver lining to what was a tragic event”.

Metropolitan Police officer Charles Guenigault, who was off duty at the time, recalled rushing to the aid of PC Marques before he was also stabbed.

The outpouring of grief included messages left on the bridge. Photo: Getty

Two members of the public, Ellen Gauntlett and Justin Jones, who helped the officer and stayed by his side from the scene right through to the hospital, receive the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.

Romanian Florin Morariu, a baker who grabbed two bread crates and threw them at the terrorists, received the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.

Mr Jackson, who died trying to save Ms Ayliffe-Chung is posthumously awarded a Queen’s Gallantry Medal.

His parents Leslie and Sandra Jackson described it as a “bittersweet moment” for the family but said they were “inestimably proud” that his actions had been recognised.

Daniel Richards, who comforted Ms Ayliffe-Chung as she died, was awarded the same medal, in recognition of his attempt to protect her despite the risk to his own safety.

Security in London was on high alert in the aftermath of the deadly attack. Photo: Getty