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Surprise Home Coming for War Hero
GULF WAR HERO Raymond Shingleston this week came home to
give his Stranraer
dad the surprise of a lifetime.
Dad Raymond, snr,. was anxiously
waiting for news of his son's whereabouts
after learning troops were on their way back to Britain.
But when the doorbell went at the family home in Fairhurst
Road on Tuesday
morning he answered it and found his son standing there
in full combat
" It was the
biggest and best shock I have ever had," Raymond, snr,.
told the Free Press.
"I just put
my arms round him and gave him a huge hug. It brought a
Lance-Bombardier Shingleston (28) served in and around
Basra, in Southern
Iraq, with 14 Regiment, Royal School of Artillery.
was to command patrols as well as fulfilling duties as a
He admitted that he had seen some horrific sights during
a traumatic three
months spent in the Gulf region and now it was great
to be home.
"We saw some
pretty graphic things out there. It is good to be back
and even better to have a few weeks rest and recuperation,"