An ex-serviceman who sustained life-threatening injuries while on tour in Afghanistan is on a mission to put the horrendous ordeal behind him and begin a new chapter in his life.
Father-of-two James Wilkinson, 29, who was born and grew up in Nunburnholme near Pocklington, has just retired from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps.
On his third tour of Afghanistan as a search dog handler he was involved in an IED blast. He was critically injured and air-lifted by helicopter to camp Bastian medical centre where life preserving treatment stabilised him long enough to rush him back to the UK for surgery on his abdomen and upper legs. His blood circulation was also affected by the blast and he was in an induced coma for a week.
Now the former lance corporal is well on the road to recovery and is planning to open a new business treating dogs with behavioural issues, using dog training, dog food and a canine hydrotherapy pool.
Full story in this week’s (28 August) Pocklington Post.