Lincoln landscape gardener all prepared for his first tour of duty with TA
A landscape gardener is swapping his spade for a rifle as he prepares for his very first tour in Afghanistan.
Private Ross McKenzie, 22, works at Doddington Hall, but is a member of the Territorial Army in his spare time.
In the coming weeks, he will be heading off to the war zone alongside fellow TAs Jamie Larkins, 21 and Martin Anthony Jobson, 25, who are from Grimsby.
Private McKenzie’s family attended a farewell party at Sobraon Barracks in Burton Road on the evening of Wednesday, August 7.
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The 22-year-old, who lives in Cherry Willingham, said: “This will be my first deployment and I’m excited and a little anxious but I feel ready to go. Being out there in Afghanistan will definitely be different from what I do in my day job but I’m really looking forward to it. Everyone at work has been so supportive throughout my time in the TA and they have been great about me going on tour.
“I’ve been making the most of my leave spending lots of time with friends and my family including my nieces and nephews and just having a lot of fun before I go to Afghanistan.
“I’m looking forward to being with the other lads and the camaraderie that goes with serving together.
“We always have a laugh and look out for each other so I’m sure it will be the same when we’re out there.”
Ross’ mum Samantha McKenzie said she had mixed feelings about her son’s mission.
“I’m so proud of him but you will always worry as a mum but we couldn’t stop him from going even if we tried anyway,” she said.
Dad Michael said: “He joined the army cadets when he was 12 and he knew he always wanted to be involved in serving his country in some way.
“We’re all really proud and we’ll all be there waiting for him when he comes back for a welcome home party.”
In the British Army, TA soldiers work alongside ‘Regulars’ both in this country and abroad.
TAs generally fit shifts with the Army around their civilian jobs.