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NMA visit with Governor of Helmand Province, Afghanistan

During the Governor's tour of the 150-acre National Memorial Arboretum he laid a wreath in Remembrance of the members of the UK Armed Forces who are commemorated on the Armed Forces Memorial

On 4th November 2010, the Governor of Helmand Province in Afghanistan, Gulabuddin Mangal, made a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. During the visit he met Lucy Aldridge, mother of Rifleman William Aldridge. William of 2 Rifles, is the youngest member of UK Armed Forces to be killed in Afghanistan.


Governor Mangal was in the UK to meet and brief Ministers and other MPs on the current situation in Helmand. During the visit, the Governor revealed that the tour of the Arboretum, and its striking Armed Forces Memorial, was inspired by conversations with soldiers he had met recently in Sangin, Helmand Province.

William Aldridge was killed by an IED blast in Sangin, in July 2009 while helping to extract casualties from a previous blast in which he too had been injured.

In private conversations with Lucy Aldridge, he talked of her son’s bravery and expressed his sincere condolences for both her loss and for the losses experienced by so many other families.

Governor Mangal said: “I want to pay tribute to William’s mother and, as a father myself, share the pain she has experienced. It was an honour to meet Lucy and talk about her incredibly brave son. I will remember this day for the rest of my life”.

“When peace is achieved in Afghanistan I’ll ensure Lucy visits Helmand to see first-hand what her son was fighting for”.

Lucy Aldridge, who showed the Governor her son’s name on the Armed Forces Memorial, said: “It was a privilege to meet the Governor and, on behalf of all the families who have lost a loved one, to receive his condolences and heartfelt gratitude. It’s clear form talking to him that the work of our Armed Forces throughout Afghanistan is incredibly important and that achieving security is vital”.

During the Governor’s tour of the 150 acre National Memorial Arboretum he laid a wreath in Remembrance of the members of the UK Armed Forces who are commemorated on the Armed Forces Memorial.

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