BRAVELY following in his brother’s footsteps, a young Wigan man has embarked on training for the front line in strife-torn Afghanistan.
Dylan Grice, 16, is currently in training with the army in Harrogate after being recruited by older sibling, Jordan.
He is serving with the 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and will be sent to his platoon once finishing training. The youngster, who recently left Golborne High with a good crop of GCSEs, is only able to join troops in Afghanistan when he is 18.
Mum Lesley said: “Both boys are very clever and Dylan wanted to follow in Jordan’s footsteps after hearing all of the stories. Dylan chose the infantry because he believes it is more exciting.
“I’m absolutely terrified that both brothers will be there together but I’m so proud of them. It was a horrible six months when Jordan went away last time. But I know that it’s a good, steady job. They’re both mummy’s boys.
“Jordan was a trained sniper when he was in Afghanistan last time. This meant he came out first before all of the other soldiers, it’s so worrying. All of the family are really close, we speak everyday and there isn’t a day goes by where we don’t see each other. Their dad Billy and their younger sister Indiana are so proud. Dylan’s friends are missing him already, they have been writing to him all of the time.”
Jordan, 21, is away training at the moment as he has taken up a different role but is still on hand to give his younger brother any advice. He has been recruiting soldiers and has took on many from the borough and is also set to become a father.
Lesley said: “Jordan has just recently moved out of our house with his girlfriend, Tanya, as she is due to have the baby in November. Once he found out he was so excited to have a new addition to the family, he said he is going to start living life to the full and look after his family and the baby as he realises he is lucky to be alive!”