Soldier home in time for grandmother’s 80th

Alex Doolan is back home from Afghanistan in time for his grandmother's 80th birthday.  He is pictured with grandma Margaret Marcham.
Alex Doolan is back home from Afghanistan in time for his grandmother's 80th birthday. He is pictured with grandma Margaret Marcham.

As Britain’s 13 year war in Afghanistan comes to an end one Morecambe soldier has returned home just in time to see his grandmother turn 80.

The last of the bases officially closed in Camp Bastion and Helmand this week marking the end of the war which claimed the lives of 453 British servicemen and women. Alex Doolan, 22, the youngest corporal in the Queen’s Dragoon Guards (QDG), was one of the lucky soldier’s to return home to his family.

The former Morecame High student has travelled all over the world from his base in Germany, to Canada, Kenya and Cyprus.

The family are delighted to have Alex home from his tour in Bastion to join in the celebrations on November 5.

Mother, Jayne Doolan admits it hasn’t always been easy to have her son so far away from home.

Jayne Doolan said: “The first time he went was terrible because we didn’t know what to expect. I found I was almost grieving before he went.

“I used to just sob for no reason and then when he actually went I was okay, so it’s a miracle he’s home now really, we are all chuffed to bits.”

The regiment have been securing weaponry whilst out in Afghanistan. Although quiet during operations Alex remembers what it was like during his first tour.

He said: “Two of my regiment died last tour, there is loads of mine fields marked and over time mines migrate underneath the ground due to bad weather.

“One of the troops cut across up the road in the tank and a mine hit the vehicle, the commando above died but the driver was alright luckily.”

However Alex says fear doesn’t cross his mind whilst out on operations.

He said: “I don’t find it hard because I’m used to it now. If something bad happens you just have to get on with it.”

The family will be celebrating Margaret’s 80th with an afternoon tea party and dinner.