29/Jul/2014 - Last News Update: 17:07

Shot Burnley soldier's worries for Afghanistan tour

Category: England

Published: 24th Aug 2010 08:26:31

A British soldier who was shot dead in Afghanistan was "worried but confident" ahead of his first tour of the country.

L/Cpl Jordan Bancroft, from Lancashire, spoke to the BBC while training for his deployment in December 2009.

The 25-year-old, from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, had two tours of Iraq under his belt and spoke of his confidence in his training.

He died protecting a meeting between local elders and international and Afghan troops on Saturday.

His commanding officer Lt Col Frazer Lawrence described him as a "true soldier" who was "loyal, brave, compassionate and honest".

L/Cpl Bancroft, who grew up in Earby, near Burnley, was one of a number of soldiers from the regiment interviewed by the BBC during their training in Norfolk.

He revealed that he had recently bought a house with his girlfriend Lauren and was eager to put his training into practice.

"I've spoken to a few guys who have been there and they've said they enjoyed their tour," said L/Cpl Bancroft.

"[They said] it's been tough at times, there's times when you do get your down time.

"I'm worried to go to Afghanistan, but with the training I'm currently getting now I feel a lot more confident to go out there.

"I did two tours of Iraq and the equipment has got a hell of a lot better since then. The equipment I'm using right now is the equipment I'd want to use in Afghanistan."

After news of L/Cpl Bancroft's death emerged on Monday, tributes to the soldier were paid by a number of people from his home town.

Close friend Craig Ralph told the BBC that L/Cpl Bancroft had been "a brother" to him.

"I've known him so long, we did so much together - fishing, metal detecting - we used to do everything together."

Mr Ralph said his thoughts were for L/Cpl Bancroft's family, adding: "They're a strong family and they'll all stick together.

"They would know that Jordan was doing something he loved doing and that's what definitely will bring them through this hard time."

Source:
BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2010. Shot Burnley soldier's worries for Afghanistan tour [Online] (Updated 24th Aug 2010)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/84346/Shot-Burnley-soldiers-worries-for-Afghanistan-tour [Accessed 29th Jul 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • Car firms sued over CD-copying entertainment systems

    A group representing musicians in the US is suing Ford and General Motors over in-car CD players that allow tracks to be stored on a hard drive.
  • UUP records a deficit of £94,000

    The Ulster Unionist Party had a deficit of £94,000 last year due to a fall in the value of its share in an investment property.
  • Car firms sued over CD-copying entertainment systems

    A group representing musicians in the US is suing Ford and General Motors over in-car CD players that allow tracks to be stored on a hard drive.
  • EU widens Russia sanctions to target economy

    The EU has adopted new economic sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, targeting the oil sector, defence equipment and sensitive technologies, EU sources say.
  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
  • Oldham lorry driver guilty of A57 road rage murder

    A lorry driver has been convicted of using his 17-tonne truck to murder another motorist.