Territorial Army soldiers prepare for Afghanistan

A group of Territorial Army soldiers from Gloucester are making their final preparations before being deployed to Afghanistan.

The 10 volunteers, based at the centre on Eastern Avenue, will join 1st Battalion the Rifles in Helmand at the start of April.

A farewell dinner was held for them over the weekend.

Maj Dan Fraenkel of A Company 6 Rifles said: "A lot of them bring real-life world skills from their jobs."

Maj Fraenkel, commanding officer, added: "For example we've got a guy here who when he deployed into theatre in Afghanistan was the only qualified JCB mechanic in theatre."

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