Afghanistan war veteran takes up new role as "major asset" for Royal Armouries in Leeds

By Culture24 Staff Published: 01 July 2010

a photo of two men holding pieces of armour

(Above) Afghanistan War veteran Lance Corporal David Stirling Brown and Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley, Director General and Master of the Armouries

A soldier injured fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan has taken up a work placement at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds as part of a Ministry of Defence programme called the Return to Work Initiative.

Lance Corporal David Stirling Brown, a soldier from the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry, received back and leg injuries on operations while deployed with the Queen's Dragoon Guards in Afghanistan during 2009.

Previously employed as a medieval armourer working for private collections and museums around the world, David's knowledge will be used to help the Royal Armouries audit its National Collection of Arms and Armour. The new job will also help him re-adapt to "civvy street" after the injury in Afghanistan cut short his six-year military career.

"We are delighted to be able to offer David this placement, particularly as his injury prevents him from going back to his original, pre-Army occupation as an armourer," said Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley, Director General and Master of the Armouries.

"Not only are we proud to help somebody who has served their country and been injured in the course of duty, but David has a unique skills set and will be a major asset to the Armouries."

It is not the first time David has worked with the Armouries. He made some of the armour in the Leeds collection shortly after the museum moved into its current home at Clarence Dock.

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