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Afghanistan 'Honeymoon' For Newly Married Soldier

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:03am 18th August 2014

A Cornish soldier is spending his honeymoon in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Henry Hallett from Truro is among the Duchy troops getting ready for the big pull out.

He is in charge of making sure left over ammunition does not fall into enemy hands.

He got married just days before being deployed.

Speaking to Pirate FM in Camp Bastion Lance Corporal Hallett told us he is able to chat to his new wife online and on the phone: "We stayed in the castle we got married in for a couple of days, down in St Ives. Then we cracked on, moved into a house and I came out here.

"I think she's pretty happy with it all. But I'm proud of her as well for being able to crack on with home life while I'm away.

"I've been on Facebook a lot and they give us welfare minutes to be able to call home as well - so we've had plenty of chats.

"Everything is beige and everything smells of dust. Everything is dusty effectively. When you first come out here everything looks exactly the same and it's really hard to orient yourself. Eventually you get used to it and I'm pretty settled in."

Ammunition is being recovered and destroyed to ensure that it can not be used by the Taliban.

Corporal Gareth Mills is from Plymouth - and is on a five minute warning to protect Bastion from attack. He told Pirate FM: "As you can imagine it's quite hot and the lads get quite irritated with each other at points. We try to keep the banter up and keep the young lads engaged who are on their first tours.

"It's quite difficult here at the moment because of the heat.

"At some points you can become quite tired and irritable.

"Literally every day we are deployable or out on the ground. You do get maybe a twelve hour period for a bit of rest here and there - but you don't know when you are going to get that time."

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