Regiment: 3 Rifles
Home Town: Chertsey, Surrey
Injury: Gun shot wound to left foot, subsequent elective left leg amputation 12 months later
Matt discovered the Army Cadet Force in his teens and developed an interest in the Army, eventually joining up having tried various civilian jobs and training as a musical instrument maker. Matt was posted to 3 Rifles in Edinburgh and quickly deployed on Op Herrick 11 in the winter of 2009.
Whilst on a routine foot patrol in Sangin Matt sustained a gunshot wound to the foot on Boxing Day 2009, and was casevac’d back to Bastion and then on to hospital in the UK. Matt spent time working at the Cadet Training Centre in Frimley Park in between rehab sessions at Headley Court, and after a year of walking badly made the decision to have his foot amputated.
Matt married Maria 6 months later and completed the NYC Marathon on foot whilst on his ‘honeymoon’ in New York. Matt has since been working at Abingdon School in the Combined Cadet Force for 2 years and have a busy family life with 2 daughters: Layla, 3 and Heidi, 6 months.
“I am over the moon to be part of the core team and feel like I have been handed a new lease of life that will give me the drive to take my civilian life to the next level. This will give me a great sense of pride and belonging and bring back a bit of the excitement I have been missing.”
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