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Father and son share Afghan drink

A soldier arriving in Afghanistan met up with his Royal Marine son as he prepared to fly back to the UK after a gruelling six-month tour.

Captain Christopher Wilcock, 41, shared a non-alcoholic beer with his son Marine James Hoyes, 22, at Camp Bastion, the main British base in Helmand Province.

It was the first time they had seen each other since Mne Hoyes, of 40 Commando Royal Marines, set off for Afghanistan in March.

Capt Wilcock, a Territorial Army soldier with 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault) who is just beginning his tour with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards brigade advisory group, said it was "surreal" to catch up with his son in Camp Bastion.

"I doubt if we will ever be in this situation again," he said.

"I was as happy as 10 men to see James safe and well, on his way home for some well earned post-tour leave."

Mne Hoyes, who was based in the deadly Sangin district of Helmand, had some words of advice for his father, telling him: "Be careful how you interact with the locals, they can take you pretty literally."


From Belfast Telegraph