Private Graham ‘T’ Thurston is a soldier in 5 Platoon, B Company, the 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) known as the ‘Tigers’. Private Thurston is based in the Nahr-e-Seraj District of Helmand Province as part of the 5 RIFLES Battle Group.
As Christmas comes and goes, we still have a job to do and we patrol as usual. As R’n’R gets into full flow manpower lessens, so a simple job or patrol becomes harder, as there are less people to spread the weight around but as we get used to it, it becomes easier.
New year was quiet as the weather had closed in and patrols were minimised. It was a night of rest and a quiz night for a bit of fun. It was good for everyone and the only downside was a few bursts of firing from the local ANA checkpoint but nothing came of it.
As the new year comes and goes, an inter multiple cook-off was announced by Company Sergeant Major (CSM) Gidalla. All 3 multiples are to cook on a Tuesday night with the CSM and the chefs judging, with the standard set by the multiple from 2 Rifles. It’s a night we look forward to.
With a new checkpoint being prepared and 2 Rifles training the ALP, the location for the checkpoint was granted by the locals but when we arrived to take over the compound, a family related to the ALP commander had moved in with the aim of making a home of it. As they were evicted from their last location they were determined not to move.
A new location had to be found within the limits of the village which was found with help from the Afghan National Army. Construction is due to start soon. This will help secure the local facility and help the locals to police the village and the hope of securing an area known to be rife with insurgent activity.
A military band made a surprise visit. It was a treat to hear some songs, some old, some new and it helped raise morale as the next few weeks are going to test everyone physically and mentally.