- AGE: 29
- BIRTHPLACE: Wegberg, West Germany
In December 2006, David was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, into the 1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment. He completed an operational tour of Iraq as a Platoon Commander over the winter of 2008/2009. In 2009, David joined the 2nd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment and was deployed to Afghanistan.
Nature of Injury:
In November 2009, David sustained a gunshot wound to the chest in a firefight with the Taliban.
David is a proud Yorkshire man, a University of Manchester alumni, a loving husband, and a caring father.
After a long period of rehabilitation, David returned to work in Battalion HQ of the 1st Battalion as the unit Training Officer. He has subsequently been posted to the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick where he instructs new infantry recruits.
David is working to reach a high level of cardiovascular fitness and leg strength. He will be running or swimming almost every day alongside high-repetition, endurance weight sessions on his legs twice a week. Dave will also focus on his diet, making sure he has enough essential nutrients and of course, fat reserves.
My iPhone, because it’s packed with loads of games and photos of my family.
I will miss my family very much, especially my two year old son and my daughter who will only be a couple of months old.
Why did you want to take part in the expedition?
I have so many friends who have been wounded and have not been anywhere near as lucky as me in terms of levels of recovery. I hope that my actions will help the guys who have not been so fortunate. I know many young soldiers who have no qualifications to fall back on when they have to leave the army through injury, so I understand the importance of this charity.