Signaller Chris Boulton is with 204 Signal Squadron, Main Troop, based in Lashkar Gah, for his six-month tour on Operation HERRICK 12. Here he writes about cricket and saying goodbye.
Cricket, like Manchester United and Coca-Cola, can be found anywhere it seems. In parks, schools, on television and now from the sangers of the Lashkar Gah Main Operating Base, the locals appear to have got into the T20 spirit and started some early morning practice, often with more than one match running at a time. They seem to be good sports apart from the odd argument and scrap. It certainly makes sanger duty go a little quicker.
On a tragic note I would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to Signaller David Grout of 204 Signal Squadron, whose life was cut short only hours into his R&R. Dave was a trusted and reliable soldier to his friends and colleagues in the squadron, but more than that he was a top bloke who knew how to have a laugh but also got the job done. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will be missed but never forgotten.