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Good bye to a hero

Posted on 16th Mar 2015 @ 1:30 AM

I was saddened, this week, to learn of the death of a once close friend, Stephen Hambrook, a soldier with whom I was privileged to work for a number of years. He was a huge source of inspiration to me and a great help in dealing with 'Whitehall'. He lived much respected and died much regretted.
I post this for the few, mutual Facebook friends who may not yet be aware that Steve has died. 
He exemplified the spirit of the Royal Engineers and, to those who may not have known him but who support our soldiers, please spare a moment to read part of his story, from the attached link.

He was a truly great man, a gentle man and he had the courage of a lion. His heel was blown off by a French anti-personnel mine, when an adjutant had failed to identify the 'tape-line' and Stephen had to kick his way back to the safe zone, to find a safe path for the others. That was the day after having shown Mrs Thatcher round the ordnance left in Stanley, by Argentine troops.
After retiring from active service, Stephen dedicated his life to charitable works and in particular to improving prostheses for injured soldiers and others. His efforts greatly helped towards the artificial limbs used today, in the aftermath of the Afghan action.