Matthew ties the knot - and heads to Afghanistan

Corporal Matthew Gardner, 31, has swopped Edlington, Doncaster for the desert heat of Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
Corporal Matthew Gardner, 31, has swopped Edlington, Doncaster for the desert heat of Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
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CORPORAL Matthew Gardner has swapped Doncaster for the desert heat of Camp Bastion, Afghanistan - two months after getting married.

Matthew, aged 31, who lives in Edlington, joined the RAF in 2002 because he thought he would have a better lifestyle and job satisfaction.

He had been working as an electrician prior to joining up and during his RAF career he has also served in the Falklands and Dutch Antilles.

Matthew is married to Victoria, an optician in Rotherham, who he wed two months before deploying to Afghanistan. His father and stepmother, Robert and Karen, also live in Doncaster.

His role at Camp Bastion is to maintain all the airfield general lighting. He is responsible for supplying power to the watchman radar, control room and other electrical installations at Bastion.

Matthew is due to return to the UK in April.

He said: “I am enjoying getting the job out here done, but I am looking forward to getting home and starting married life.”

In his spare time, he used to enjoy playing Rugby Union and was proud to represent RAF Kinloss and RAF Scotland in Rugby Union before an injury stopped him competing.