A 21-YEAR-OLD Clitheroe soldier is in hospital after sustaining serious injuries in a blast in Afghanistan.
It is believed Dominic Giles only flew out to the war-torn country less than a month ago to serve with the Royal Engineers and was on patrol when he was caught in the explosion. He suffered serious injuries to his legs.
Dominic’s parents were too distressed to speak to The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times. It is understood Dominic is being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
Prior to joining the Army, Dominic was extremely popular during his school years at Ribblesdale High School Technology College, Clitheroe. Headteacher Mr Simon Smith, said: “All of us at Ribblesdale were very saddened to hear the news. The school’s pastoral co-ordinator, Ms Hutchinson, remembers him well. She says that he is a charismatic young man with an infectious personality and was very well liked by his peers during his time here. We all wish him well with his recovery. He is a brave young man.”
Dominic was also a keen supporter of Sabden FC and often attended the team’s practice sessions and games.
The Ministry of Defence was unable to disclose details of the incident or Dominic’s injuries, saying it was not their policy to comment or give details on injured soldiers.