Fylde soldier set for television glory

Kingsman Daniel Richardson, who is taking part in a documentary called Our War.
Kingsman Daniel Richardson, who is taking part in a documentary called Our War.
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A Bispham soldier, who is serving in Afghanistan as a light machine gunner, is to become one of the leading TV stars in his battalion.

Kingsman Daniel Richardson, 25, is one of four servicemen trained on the handheld and helmet mounted cameras issued to the 2nd Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (2 LANCS) by the BBC.

The documentary, called Our War, will be released sometime next year after his unit has completed its tour in support of the Afghan Army and police force.

Kingsman Richardson, who is at the Forward Operating Base (FOB) Shawqat in Nad Ali, Helmand, said he joined the Army at 19 but left to try out a civilian job.

However he soon missed the camaraderie and rejoined, this time with his local regiment.

The former Montgomery High School pupil said: “I like it. It’s different but it’s got all the facilities you need”.

Police have now taken control of the local area where the regiment is based but the soldiers are responsible for providing combat support to the remaining military Brigade Advisory teams and, if required, the Afghan Army.

Kingsman Richardson added: “I’ve been asked to be part of Our War and film whatever footage I can, show whatever is going on.”

An avid Blackpool football fan, Daniel, keeps the flag draped over his bed space but he admits that of everything, he misses his family the most.

He added: “I miss the cold of Blackpool and my family.

“I’m very close to my dad.”

Lt Col Neil Unsworth, the commanding officer of 2 LANCS, praised the performance of his soldiers and commented on how quickly they have settled into life on the frontline.

Based at Weeton Barracks, the 2 LANCS’ tour will last around six months and is likely to be the Duke of Lancaster’s final deployment to the country.

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