Cleethorpes soldier injured in Afghanistan bomb explosion
A CLEETHORPES soldier has been injured in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan.
Ryan Rowbottom, 21, sustained severe neck and arm injuries in the blast which blew up the Jackal personnel carrier his group was travelling in, killing his commanding officer and seriously injuring another of his colleagues.
The mine was planted on the roadside closest to the passenger side of the vehicle and was detonated on Friday as the Jackal went along the road in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Grenadier Guard Lance Corporal Duane Groom, 31, of the The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion, was pronounced dead and two other soldiers, including Ryan, were seriously hurt.
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A gunner on the top of the vehicle suffered minor injuries. An MoD spokesman said the Guards had been on their way back from a successful operation.
Ryan, a former pupil at Louth's Cordeaux School, was due to return to Cleethorpes in just three weeks at the end of his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.
He joined the Army after leaving school.
He and his girlfriend, Fay Ellison, moved to Cleethorpes from their home village of Holton-le-Clay just four months ago.
She and Ryan's parents, Nigel and Jenny, were at his beside at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Yesterday, he underwent surgery after being flown there from Camp Bastion.
A family friend said: "He is a cracking lad.
"He was able to speak to us before he went for his operation but he is in a lot of pain. He said the journey was a struggle."
A neighbour in Holton-le-Clay said: "Ryan is a tough cookie and we are all thinking of him and his family."
Cordeaux headteacher Peter Kubicki told how Ryan's younger brother Reece had stood up in assembly last year and told the school how proud he was of his older brother serving in Afghanistan.
Mr Kubicki said: "We are all saying prayers and send our best wishes to Ryan and his family.
"We have been immensely proud of the way he has served his country and the way many young people have looked up to the example he has set."
He added: "There was a big round of applause when Reece stood up in the assembly last year when people talked about the person they most admired.
"He chose his brother and everyone immediately recognised the respect Ryan deserved."
Mr Kubicki said: "Ryan is a lively outgoing guy who is good at rugby and football."