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Soldier taking pictures of children to Afghanistan on 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards historic tour

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

Corporal Rhys Davies.

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A SOLDIER who was ambushed by the Taliban will be taking treasured pictures of his children out on his last tour of Afghanistan.

Corporal Rhys Davies, of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards known as the Welsh Cavalry said he would make sure photos of 11-year-old Sadie, Oscar, aged 10, and three-year-old Aoifee would be with him when he heads to Helmand Province.

The 28-year-old, who lives in Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, and has been involved in an exercise at Salisbury Plain Training Area, said: "I will be keeping the pictures of my children back in the camp. But I won't be taking them with me when I'm out on the ground."

It is the second time the corporal has been out to Afghanistan and he revealed he uncovered more IEDs (improvised explosive devices) than he actually struck.

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Rhys said: "I didn't go over any IEDs but I did find a few — I was just lucky."

He added: "The tour was 95 per cent boredom and five per cent mayhem. We have been trained for the worst scenario and have had mass casualty training.

"We were ambushed by the Taliban in Nawa along with the Scots and Afghan Army Forces.

"They ambushed us as they were going down the road and we had to fight our way out.

"At the time it was a hectic moment, the Afghan forces took quite a few casualties.

"We engaged the enemy with suppressive fire down."

Rhys said he would be offering security to senior military officials during his time in Helmand Province.

"We will be providing advisory and liaison this time around," he said. "I will also be making sure the route is safe as I will be providing security."

The soldier said he was glad to have the opportunity to be among the last Welsh troops to serve out in Afghanistan.

"I am proud that the Army trusts us to get the job accomplished," he added. "We need to be sure we leave Afghanistan with the thumbs up and they are ready to defend themselves."

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  • annelie  |  May 10 2014, 12:41AM

    Take care out there and look after yourself :D x