War veteran to take up post up at the Royal Armouries - Monday, 28 June 2010

Afghanistan War veteran Lance Corporal David Stirling Brown has joined the Royal Armouries Museum after being injured during the fight against the Taliban.
David, 39, has taken up a work placement at the Museum as part of a Ministry of Defence Programme – the “Return To Work Initiative” (RTWI) – to help him re-adapt to “Civvy Street” after injury in Afghanistan cut short his six-year military career.

Previously employed as a medieval armourer working for private collections and museums around the world, David’s knowledge will be invaluable to the Royal Armouries in its role as custodians of the National Collection of Arms and Armour. Indeed, it is not the first time he’s worked with the Armouries as he made some of the armour in the Leeds collection, shortly after the museum moved into its current home at Clarence Dock.

The father of one is now carrying out a vital project in helping the Armouries audit the collection – helping to safeguard it for future generations.

A soldier from the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry, David received back and leg injuries on operations while deployed with the Queen’s Dragoon Guards in Afghanistan during 2009. Since then, he has been with the Rehabilitation and Recovery programme at the Reserve Training and Mobilisation Centre.

His welfare officer Nick Trevor said,

“I searched for opportunities to help David return to a bright future on completion of service. During this search I came across the MOD’s RTWI programme – it seemed the perfect ‘fit’ for the challenge and he is the first reservist to participate in the programme.”

Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley, Director General and Master of the Armouries, said,

“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. 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.”

Media photocall

You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to a photocall with David, and Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley, at the Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Square, Leeds at 11am on Wednesday, June 30. If possible, please give advance notice that you are planning to attend.

Media contact

Joss Loader
Tel: 07838 379599
Email: press@armouries.org.uk

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