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Ilfracombe war dead will be remembered in Afghanistan

09:24 01 August 2014

Lance Corporal Tom Skelton.

Lance Corporal Tom Skelton.

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Army medic Tom Skelton will be supporting commemoration events at his hometown this weekend despite being on active service in Afghanistan.

ILFRACOMBE’S Great War fallen will be remembered at Camp Bastion this weekend after a soldier serving in Afghanistan asked to join the commemoration events in his hometown.

Lance Corporal Tom Skelton has arranged for the names of the 166 Ilfracombe dead to be placed in the hospital chapel at the base as an act of remembrance.

A combat medical technician in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Tom is currently supporting troops on operations as a patrol medic during his first tour of Afghanistan.

“I saw the commemoration parade was taking place on Facebook and messaged organiser Sue Garwood to see if there was anything I could do as I wanted to represent one of the soldiers,” he said.

He thought of placing the list in the base chapel and spoke to one of the chaplains, who happens to be from Barnstaple and he agreed it would be a good idea.

Tom joined the army after leaving Ilfracombe Arts College aged 16 and has been serving for three years. He is based in Germany and has deployed on various exercises and operation including three months in Kenya.

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