Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Shot helmet Pte mum’s shock - The Sun

THE mum of a soldier left without a scratch after a bullet went right through his helmet told of her shock yesterday.

The Sun revealed yesterday how Private Leon Wilson was targeted by a sniper whose shot whizzed out the other side of the headgear — missing his scalp by just two millimetres.

Mum Jennifer Hughes said: “He rang me and said ‘I’m OK mum but I’ve been shot through the head’. I was in shock he had come so close.”

TA volunteer Leon, on attachment to the 2nd Battalion of the Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters), was knocked on his back by the 7.62mm Taliban bullet.

But dad-of-three Leon, 32, returned to the battle in Helmand, Afghanistan, within an H0UR, after finding a new helmet.

Jennifer, of Knutsford, Cheshire, said: “I’m proud of what he does.”

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