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Irish Guardsman Hunts Down Insurgent Across Minefield.

February 10, 2011

An insurgent bomber, caught red-handed laying deadly improvised explosive devices, is facing a life of imprisonment after a British soldier from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards gave chase across a minefield to catch him.

The insurgent, who could have caused the deaths of many troops or Afghan civilians, is facing Afghan justice thanks to Guardsman Lewis Wilby’s heroic actions. Despite being weighed down with more than 60lbs (27kg) of kit, the 26-year-old Irish Guardsman outran the bomber, sprinting across uncleared ground where IEDs were known to have been laid, and caught him as he tried desperately to hide out in a local villager’s compound.

Guardsman Lewis Wilby is serving with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in Afghanistan. Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

Because of the weight and bulkiness of the state-of-the-art protective equipment they wear and carry, British troops are dubbed ‘donkeys’ by the insurgents – but while the fleeing insurgent frantically threw off his clothes as he ran in an effort to shed weight, Guardsman Wilby overcame his disadvantage through sheer determination and effort.


Sweating and panting from his failed attempt to escape, the insurgent was detained and taken back to the Irish Guards’ patrol base where, along with one of his accomplices, he was handed over to the Afghan authorities.

Read the rest of Guardsman Lewis Wilby’s story here

8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2011 21:18

    Well done…just imagine once you’re home and put on weight, you’ll still be fit as a fiddle. BRAVE or what? May God bless you and ALL. Proud of You. x

  2. Jane Leahy permalink
    February 10, 2011 21:57

    ABSOLUTELY AWESOME…Lewis your bravery is humbling!!!…one less bad guy trying to blow up our brilliant soldiers…well done mate!!! Lets hope your family and friends are lining up those beers for you on your return home, from someone at home…Thankyou!!…all the best for a continued safe tour xx

  3. Joy permalink
    February 10, 2011 22:33

    Well done Lewis another brave soldier who didnt think about himself! undoubtedly saved a lot of lives…A bravery medal for this young man..Well Done Young man.

  4. Mary Francis permalink
    February 10, 2011 23:08

    You a an amazing young man Lewis and all the other IGs who so bravely challenged these insurgents. You have no doubt saved countless lives.
    You will all come home to a heroes welcome.
    Very proud mother of an Irish Guard.

  5. February 10, 2011 23:11

    What a selfless and dedicated show of courage……you have written your chapter in military history mate.

    May justice prevail as regards that low-life you detained….one less to worry about:0)

    God Bless all on ops
    Agnes & all at ‘SoS’

  6. Andy permalink
    February 11, 2011 01:28

    Wonderful stuff, Guardsman Wilby! Well done!
    It’s very sad that these scumbag insurgents fight against those like yourself who are there to help give a better future to the people of Afghanistan. Keep up the great work!

  7. Shadowman permalink
    February 11, 2011 09:15

    This is one “donkey” who could win the Grand National!
    Well done!


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