Private Graham Thurston

Private Graham Thurston

Private Graham Thurston

Private Graham ‘T’ Thurston is a soldier in 5 Platoon, B Company, the 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) known as the ‘Tigers’.  Private Thurston is based in the Nahr-e-Seraj District of Helmand Province as part of the 5 RIFLES Battle Group.

  • Stuck in the mud in the Green Zone 26 March, 2012 - Things didn’t go to plan: one of the vehicles attempting to pull us out came off the road and into a ditch. With my vehicle stuck in wet clay and the front vehicle in a ditch, all hopes of self-recovery had ended in disappointment. We needed help.
  • Nourishing the grass roots in the Green Zone 5 March, 2012 - As my R&R (rest & recuperation) approached we patrolled into an insurgent hotspot, a small village on the edge of our Area of Operations (AO). At the start of the tour, we had experienced a number of 'shoot and scoot' attacks. For now the village is quiet.
  • New school, new checkpoint and new partners in the Green Zone 14 February, 2012 - We landed in a cloud of dust and moved quickly to cordon positions around the suspect compounds and the ANA began their searches whilst we biometrically enrolled the residents. On this occasion, nothing was found and the locals seemed genuinely pleased to see us and pass the time of day and share chai with Maj Noott, the company commander.
  • Building a new checkpoint in the Green Zone 31 January, 2012 - Private Graham ‘T’ Thurston is a soldier in 5 Platoon, B Company, the 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) known as the ‘Tigers’.  Private Thurston is based in the Nahr-e-Seraj District of Helmand Province as part of the 5 RIFLES Battle Group. Cook-off As Christmas comes and goes, we still have … Continue reading Building a new checkpoint in the Green Zone
  • Strengthening relationships in the Green Zone 17 January, 2012 - There were a lot of soldiers on the ground which allowed us to quickly secure the outer compounds. With the ANA searching, we moved through the main group of compounds very quickly.
  • Happy with the progress in the Green Zone 12 December, 2011 - Private Graham ‘T’ Thurston is a soldier in 5 Platoon, B Company, the 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) known as the ‘Tigers’.  Private Thurston is based in the Nahr-e-Seraj District of Helmand Province as part of the 5 RIFLES Battle Group. The wheat dilemma As Eid approaches the locals are finishing … Continue reading Happy with the progress in the Green Zone
  • A tour in the Green Zone from the grass-roots 6 December, 2011 - The banter is high here now and I won a cup of tea from my Company Sergeant Major for finding the IED. Nice to know that from the top to the bottom all of us get involved!