AN ARMY Royal Engineer has been presented with his campaign medal after spending six months in Afghanistan helping with a huge range of work from bomb clearance to vehicle maintenance and building checkpoints.
Sapper Daniel Chappell, aged 24, was deployed with 32 Engineer Regiment, which provided engineering support in Lashkar Gah and Nahr-e-Saraj between March and September.
His group was involved in the construction and upgrade of military bases and checkpoints and also cleared convoy routes by detecting and destroying hidden improvised explosive devices.
Daniel, from Newbold in Chesterfield, joined the Army in 2008 and works as a driver.
He received his medal at a ceremony at his barracks in Bergen Hohne in northern Germany.
Daniel said: “It was a really good tour, I really enjoyed it. One of my first jobs was clearing an area for the building of a new patrol base and then helping to build it, which took three weeks to complete. It was hard work but we needed to clear the area and build it as quickly as we could.”
The former Newbold Community School student, whose parents Peter and Gabi still live in Newbold, was one of 330 members of the regiment to deploy to Afghanistan.
He is engaged to Leanne Bates and has two children, Lewis, aged seven, and Lillie-Grace who is just 11 months old.
Daniel added: “The most difficult part of the tour was being away from my new daughter and my son. I am going back to the UK for five weeks and can’t wait to see them.
“I am really proud to get my medal. The parade was really good and it’s a nice ceremony to mark the end of our tour.”