Soldier builds fine reputation in war-ravaged Afghanistan

Corporal John Clamp
Corporal John Clamp

A HAWICK soldier has received a top award after helping to transform his camp in war-torn Afghanistan.

Corporal John Clamp, from the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion, who has been serving in Helmand Province since September last year, used his skills as a qualified carpenter to build shelters and a briefing room.

The 51-year-old did all the work in his spare time using recycled materials.

And he has been recognised for his efforts by being awarded the Commander’s Coin for outstanding achievement.

John said: “I’m extremely honoured to receive the award.

“It’s nice to be recognised but I just enjoy adding value to the job.”

John works in the battalion’s quartermaster’s department and his main role is to supervise the delivery of stores and equipment, including mail, which is so important for troops’ morale.

But he used his handyman skills to build shelters for the Guard Force, facilities for interpreters and a fully-functioning briefing room for British and Afghan forces.

John carried out the work at Camp Tombstone and Camp Shorobak – the Afghan base attached to Camp Bastion where 1 SCOTS are helping to train and mentor soldiers from the Afghan army.

John is due to marry his fiancée Linda Park, a care home nurse from Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, later this year.