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Aberavon soldier feels the pressure ahead of last tour by British troops to Afghanistan

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 12, 2014

By Liz Perkins

Lance Corporal Thomas Warner of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, who is heading to Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Thomas Warner of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, who is heading to Afghanistan.

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A SOLDIER says he feels there's a lot resting on his shoulders on the last tour by British troops of Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Thomas Warner, of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, known as the Welsh Cavalry, revealed the burden faced by him and the entire regiment who are heading out to Helmand Province.

The 22-year-old, from Aberavon, who is serving on his second tour of the country, said he also felt immensely proud.

Thomas said their primary role would be part of the Brigade Advisory Team supporting Afghan National Security Force liaison team.

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"We are going to be liaising and advising the Afghan forces — it's going to be more of a back step," he said. "We are going to be on joint operations supporting them."

Thomas added: "Originally we weren't supposed to go but now the whole of the QDG will deploy."

The soldier, who has been on exercise on the Salisbury Plain training area, said he hoped he would be reunited with his family by the end of the year.

"Hopefully, we will be back for Christmas but there is uncertainty over the logistics of that," he added.

"My girlfriend Becky (Murray) is quite nervous about everything understandably, as we weren't together on the last tour."

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