Cheryl Fray in action
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Life with the Lancers: Getting the emergency call

Between December 2009 and 2010, BBC News followed the progress of four soldiers from the Queen's Royal Lancers from basic training to deployment in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Filmed by the soldiers themselves and army camera crews, as well as by the BBC, the footage captured everything from the shock of coming under fire to coping with harsh conditions.

In September 2010 soldiers from the Lancers were on a vehicle patrol in the Bolan district of Lashkar Gar when they were targeted by an IED. Trooper Andrew Howarth and Sergeant Andrew Jones were killed.

Cheryl Fray was one of the medics who attended the scene.

  • 16 Dec 2010
  • From the section UK