Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Rifleman Robert Walton from Douglas in the Isle of Man is 19 years old and serving with 4 Rifles.
He has been deployed as part of 19 Light Brigade and has spent five months here in Helmand during some of the most intense fighting since the British arrived here.
The Rifles is the largest infantry regiment in the British Army and trace their values and heritage back to the Peninsular War and the time portrayed in the TV series Sharpe. Then, as today, independence of thought and action were prized amongst the specialist soldiers equipped with rifles who were known as Riflemen.