Another HERO HAS FALLEN

May 19 2011

Plymouth Royal Marine killed when bomb explodes in Afghanistan my local paper reported this week.

A Taliban bomb killed Plymouth based Royal Marine Nigel Mead who was just 19 years of age, as he searched a compound in the loy Mandeh Wadi area of the Nad-e Ali north district in Helmand province Afghanistan. His untimely death makes him the 365th British servicemen and woman killed since 2001.

He is the 1st Plymouth-based serviceman from Stonehouse-based 3 COMMANDO brigade to die since they took control of security in Southern Afghanistan last month.

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My son prepares for Afghanistan front line

Mar 31 2011

Today I received an email link that brought home to me the reality of my youngest son’s choice of career. I had just left him and his heavily pregnant girlfriend after eating a lovely lunch and enjoying their company.

My son is a British soldier and will be deployed for the second time to Afghanistan in the next few weeks. I know what he does is his choice and that he is proud to serve his country. I look at him with unimaginable thoughts racing through my mind. He is a sergeant and a very muscular man – a father to his son and a father to be to his unborn daughter.

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