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HELPING pass on the intelligence so the Brigade Reconnaissance Force can strike on the ground is another South Yorkshire soldier.

Meanwhile, other local members of the Light Dragoons have been out on reconnaissance patrols aiming to disrupt Taliban activity.

Lance Corporal Li Head, aged 24, from Herringthorpe, Rotherham, said: “I look after the squadron’s signalling equipment.

“The job involves sitting in the Brigade Reconnaissance Force’s operations room, where I help to co-ordinate intelligence and feed it to the guys on the ground.”

Trooper Joe Purdy, aged 23, from Balby, Doncaster, Lance Corporal Matt Thurtle, 22, from Woodseats, Sheffield, and Sgt Lee Davidson, 32, from Thorne, Doncaster, have been providing reconnaissance patrols for several weeks although they have now moved on to training Afghan police.

Sgt Davidson said: “We were out for up to 10 days at a time in vehicles covering 30 square kilometres. The aim was to establish a presence and watch routes where we thought insurgents were going to be – collecting intelligence.”

Sheffield Wednesday fan Lance Corporal Adam Russell, 23, of Bircotes, near Worksop, is in another part of the Light Dragoons - its Formation Reconnaissance group.

Adam, a married father-of-two said: “We have been working with the Afghans closely. Our biggest discovery was when we acted on intelligence that men had been seen laying an improvised explosive device.

“We found the insurgents and their hands tested positive for explosives.”

The three suspects were detained after the raid in the Upper Gereshk Valley.

Work is helped by a support network back at Camp Bastion.

Corporal Jason Taylor, 32, of Penistone, who has been in the Light Dragoons for 14 years, said: “Our job is to go into areas where we do not have a lot of troops on the ground. This is my third tour of Afghanistan. This time, my role is to collate intelligence and security information, then feed it to where it is needed among the troops.”

Staff Sergeant Steve Crossland, 36, of Cudworth, Barnsley, who is on his seventh Army tour having previously been to Afghanistan twice, Bosnia three times and Iraq once, added: “My job is to ensure the soldiers have all the equipment, ammunition, rations and water they need.’’