Saying goodbye to close friends

Captain Stuart Thomas

Captain Stuart Thomas

It has been a sombre week for 204 Signal Squadron following the untimely death of Signaller David Grout. Our Officer Commanding, Major Richardson wrote to the Squadron and said “Our thoughts and prayers are with Kerry and Harley at this time, but also his wider family including Sgt McGillivray-Jones and the rest of Team Danbat. The senselessness of David’s death is at the front of all our minds, but we must honour his memory by continuing the work we started together back in September last year.”

Everyone in the Troop has “dug-in”, raising each others spirits, and it has helped with us being so busy within the Headquarters. Lance Corporal Nat Docherty is conducting comms testing on a Combat Logistics Patrol, whilst Corporal Wendy Cunington and Signaller Chris Boulton have been arranging a 10km run around Lashkar Gar in support of our charity drive for the Army Benevolent Fund. For far too long this week I have been stuck behind a computer screen. It’s the Squadron’s Grading Board for the Signallers on Tuesday for which I have written 13 reports. All of the Squadron’s hierarchy come armed with a red pen and scribble comments and corrections across all of my hard work. I can guarantee I will have put a few apostrophes in the wrong place.