A veteran who survived Iraq and three tours of Afghanistan and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery is auctioning off all of his medals because they ‘bring back bad memories’.

Ex-Colour Sergeant Trevor Coult, 41, from Woodbridge in Suffolk, was awarded the third highest military honour for bravery for fighting off suicide bombers and gunmen who ambushed his convoy in Baghdad in 2005.

Now his nine medals and various memorabilia – which have a combined guide price of £35,000 to £40,000 – are being auctioned on March 19 by Lockdales in Martlesham, Suffolk.

The former Royal Irish Regiment soldier, who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, says he will set aside the proceeds of the sale for his five-year-old son, Sebastian.