Local Face: Kieran Dunk

  |  Published: Sep 1st 2013

Kieran Dunk has lived in Wendover all his life. He attended both primary schools before studying at the John Colet until the age of 16 when he left to pursue a career in the British Army.

Kieran joined the Army in 2003, choosing to serve with The Grenadier Guards. Kieran’s career started at The Infantry Battle School Catterick. The initial training took 6 months to complete, at the end of which he was awarded Best Recruit.

After a period on ceremonial duties in London, Kieran was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina for a 6 month peacekeeping tour.

In 2006 Kieran deployed to Iraq for 4 months. His platoon was sent to Al Amarah which was the most heavily mortared base in Iraq. His platoon conducted night patrols to counter the insurgent mortar teams. In recognition of the platoon’s actions their commander was awarded the Military Cross.

The battalion then returned to the UK and immediately began 6 months of training for a 6 month tour of Afghanistan in 2007, this being the fastest redeployment of fighting troops in modern times. Out of 150 soldiers from across the brigade Kieran was selected as one of the final 40 to serve in The Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF). BRFs act as the brigade commander’s eyes and ears, operating as a small independent unit far ahead of the main force.

Kieran has since carried out a further two tours in Helmand in 2009 and 2012. In between tours, Kieran has completed two 4 month promotional courses in the Brecon Beacons and was recently promoted to Sergeant.

Over the three tours in Helmand Province the Grenadiers lost 15 members killed in action, including James Ashworth who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. In addition, the Regiment sustained a large number of battle casualties, with many suffering life changing injuries. There remains the unquantifiable number of young men who will have suffered mentally and who will need support in the future.

The Colonel's Fund has been raising money since 2007 in order to provide support to Grenadiers who have been seriously injured in Afghanistan, and to the families of those who have been killed.

On Tuesday 24 September 2013 Kieran, as part of a team from Support Company Grenadier Guards, is cycling the 300km from Wellington Barracks London to Waterloo in Belgium in 3 days in support of this fund. They hope to raise £10,000.

There is a message from the Colonel, HRH The Prince Philip, KG, KT, on the website: www.thecolonelsfund.com .

The company's just giving page is:

www.justgiving.com/grenadierguardssupportcompany. If you are a taxpayer, you can increase your donation (at no cost to you) through Gift Aid. You can also donate by texting GREN 56 to 70070 and the amount you would like to donate. Please leave a message with any donation so that Kieran will know who has supported him personally rather than another soldier or the company as a whole.

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