"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 3 August 2009

True Brit

There's an inspirational story in the Daily Mail this morning.

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson wasn't expected to live after he was caught up in a landmine explosion in Helmand Province three years ago. He has the dubious distinction of being the most severely British soldier to have survived the conflict.
"Ben sustained 37 appalling injuries in the blast that so nearly took his life. He lost his legs and suffered brain damage so severe he was left with memory loss and an inability to speak. His skull, face and spine were fractured in dozens of places and he nearly lost his left arm. He no longer has a spleen.

Doctors said Ben was the most severely wounded soldier ever to survive, and warned his family that if he did emerge from the coma in which he spent several months, he was unlikely ever to walk or talk again."
Look at him now! Good for Ben; I wish him and his family the very best that life can bring.

There is a downside to the story though, as you might expect, and that's his long battle for compensation from the MoD.


  1. Ah, but the MoD don't have anything against the fellow, GV: they are merely 'testing legal opinion'.

    Good luck to L/Bdr Parkinson. What's left of him is still twice the man of any of those desk jockeys in the MoD.

  2. I agree wholeheartedly Edgar.


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