Burnley Soldier Swaps Horses For Guns in Afghanistan - Tpr Craig Ashurst

May 10, 2013, 09:01 AM

Trooper Craig Ashurst Blues and Royals of the Household Cavalry Regiment, 20, from Burnley, is serving with the Brigade Reconnaissance Force, based in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

Craig has spent four years in the Army and has also served with the Household Calvary Mounted Regiment based in Knightsbridge, in London, where he has performed in State ceremonial occasions like the Royal Wedding and the Diamond Jubilee as the Sovereigns Escort. The Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) is a unit of around a 100 men that has been specifically created for operation Herrick 18. Based on a Reconnaissance Squadron from the Household Cavalry Regiment the BRF is manned by specialists from across the Brigade, including the reconnaissance platoon from 4 Rifles. Recently the BRF has been employed to protect the task force and Afghan National Army by finding and disrupting insurgent weapon and ammunition supplies.

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