As part of Pathfinder International’s on going “I am Tommy Atkins!” campaign to reflect and remember the fallen and past conflicts since World War 1 in this 100th year of the remembrance commemorations, we showcase one of the interviews from the November Remembrance special issue (click here to read for free).

The interview is with Sierra Leone hero and Military Cross recipient, Steve Heaney, with the first part talking about Steve’s deployment to Sierra Leone in 2000 as part of the Pathfinder task force. The interview will also be available online in the coming weeks.

For now, here is a taster of what is to come…

“I served for fifteen years with the Parachute Regiment from 1986 to 2001, ten of those years were with the Pathfinders. I joined junior Parachute company as a 16-year old, almost immediately after my last exam, I went in.

My light bulb moment on why I chose the Army kind of happened around about the Falklands conflict, so 1982, as a 13-year old at school, watching that on TV, the public adulation, the whole acceptance of us having to go and take back something that was taken from this country, it was that euphoria of seeing the ships laden with troops and the whole media coverage resonated so strongly with me.

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