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Kelly and Kevin

April 5, 2011

“If he isn’t breaking into my locker and ripping up every T-Shirt I brought out here with me, you’ll be sure to find him dragging one of the C-IED searchers across an ICP by their goggles!”

As I reported last week; 104 Theatre Military Working Dogs Support Unit (TMWDSU) have now left Afghanistan and replaced by 103 TMWDSU. New teams and new characters, both human and canine; all with interesting stories to tell. One such team is Lance Corporal Kelly Wolstencroft and her dog, Kevin – yes, Kevin!

Kelly and Kevin have agreed to tell their story and keep a diary of their time in Helmand. In the first of these articles, Kelly tells you a little about herself and what she does; as well as all about her canine companion – “the most mischievous dog in the whole of Helmand!”

Lance Corporal Kelly Wolstencroft and her dog Kevin. Click on this image to read her story.

Hi my name is L/Cpl Wolstencroft (Kelly) I am 25 years old and I have been in the Army for 4 years as a dog handler for the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. I studied Animal Care/Management for 4 years at Myerscough College before I joined up in 2007 and was posted to 103 Military Working Dog SQN in Germany where I am currently still based. My first tour of Afghanistan (Herrick 9) was in 2008/9 where I was a Vehicle Search (VS) Dog handler. This time around I have deployed on Herrick 14 as a High Assurance Search Dog (HASD) handler and my Dog is called “Kevin” who may I add is the most mischievous dog in the whole of Helmand!! I’m sure you will agree after reading all of his antics which are bound to end up on my blog throughout our tour together! If he isn’t breaking into my locker and ripping up every T-Shirt I brought out here with me, you’ll be sure to find him dragging one of the C-IED searchers across an ICP by their goggles. We have been a team for the past 8 months and have previously deployed to Jordan for an MRX in December last year so like true partners in crime we know each other well and know what annoys one another… although this doesn’t stop him doing any of them!

Midnight on Saturday the 5th of March 2011 we deployed from Germany together to start the gruelling journey to Afghanistan on a C17. We arrived in Camp bastion on Sunday night on the 6th at 20:15 where we were met by 104 SQN (the SQN we were to take over from), who took Kevin and the rest of the dogs to the kennels while we sorted ourselves out into bed spaces etc. After doing the normal arrivals paperwork I got my hands on a SAT phone and managed to give my Girlfriend Kate and my Mum Janet a quick call to let them know all was well.

The next morning I woke up and we went straight to the kennels to exercise the dogs, it was strange walking through Bastion again and seeing how much this place has grown since the last time I was here in 2008/9, we only had Bastion 1 back then and Bastion 2 was still under construction and mainly occupied by other nations, now in 2011 Bastion 2 is fully formed and Bastion 3 is established and growing by the day! As I walked around I seen things that were still in the same places that they were on Herrick 9, like the old kennels and the cook houses (tents) which was also quite strange because once I finished my tour back then I kind of put this place to the back of my mind, while all the time it’s all still been here and getting used in the same way while I was back home in barracks, on leave or on holiday… but it’s plain to see that even tho we had left, our job here was/is far from over! So here I am again to start the 6month and 21day tour all over again!’

To read Kelly’s full article and hear all about Kevin, click HERE, or on the image above.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2011 19:06

    Keep up the amazing work, the 2 of you….Oustanding job!! Best of luck keep safe and God Bless!! From me (Ex RM) and Hector or 3 yr old Cocker Spaniel….

    • sandra capell permalink
      April 7, 2011 17:54

      bless you and the work you doing out there and keep safe you dog too bless you hun x

  2. April 5, 2011 22:35

    Hello hope this finds you well (Both i mean lol), i am so proud to call you my daughter and love you more than you will ever know and i would like to say thank you to all the other troops out there for all they are doing to keep us safe please pass this on to them take care my hero .

    Love you

    • April 5, 2011 22:43

      Hi Paul
      As the editor of this site, I met Kelly last week when she came over to see me and said she would like to tell her story. What a wonderful young woman she is; you have absolutely every rite to be proud of her. I am the one who she sends her blogs to and next time I see her or speak to her, I will let her know of your message. Kind regards, Nick.

  3. Daniel Staunton permalink
    April 5, 2011 23:20

    Hey Kelly & Kevin (legend)
    Just wanted to send my love to you both and tell you (as if you didn’t know already) how proud everyone is of you and everyone serving out their, wish i was their with you all, Kevin would love chewing on my huge shirts! You take it easy hun and keep safe, Danny

    P.s Thank you to each and everyone of you, Our thoughts are with you always and a special thank you to Nick for this blog.

  4. Jo Anne Kikel permalink
    April 6, 2011 06:22

    I would love to do a portrait of kelly and kevin. If anyone can get me a front view photo, I will have it done for them in a month!!! Free, of course!

    Best of luck to both of you.

    Jo Anne Kikel

  5. jimbob newbery permalink
    April 6, 2011 15:57

    well done kelly and kevin keep the awesome work that all you guys and girls do its people like you that still make us a great and proud nation and a force to be reakond with god bless and stay safe BOTH of youx

  6. Alan permalink
    April 6, 2011 23:45

    Enjoy the buzz, but keep safe Alan ex RAVC

  7. Johan Rietveld permalink
    April 7, 2011 01:48

    I wish you and kevin the best in Helmand, let me know how your’e doing over there.
    Although you don’t know me i’ll shall introduce myself.
    I’m Johan Rietveld, and I work for the Militairy police in the Netherlands.
    I’m a sergeant but haven’t been to afganistan yet !
    It’s nice to see the work that the british army does in Afganistan !

    Kind Regarts,

    Johan Rietveld

  8. Kate (Kelly's partner) permalink
    April 7, 2011 01:51

    Hi Jo,

    This is a lovely gesture and so very kind and thoughtful of you. I have plenty of pictures of Kelly and Kevin if you woud like me to send them to you? 🙂 Just let me know

    Kate x

  9. April 7, 2011 05:07

    we are so lucky that we have people like Kelly in today’s world. And Kevin ❤

  10. sandra capell permalink
    April 7, 2011 17:56

    keep safe and well out there in afghan you all heros and bless you dog x

  11. Janet Eaton (Kelly's Mum) permalink
    April 9, 2011 23:30

    I’m sorry i’m only just commenting but havn’t had my laptop available, I,m so proud of you Kelly and miss you so much, i’m sure you and Kevin will look after each other! all of you out there stay safe…love you my brave daughter xxxx

  12. April 15, 2011 20:26

    Hi kelly and Kevin

    We are all thrilled to have got your letter in the post today and knew that we had already seen your blog so could put a face to the names. It is wonderful to read your blog and that of others and learn a little of what you guys are doing out there and the mischief the dogs can get into. keep up the good work and stay safe.
    With luck Kevin may get to share in the boxes we sent out this week although we cant recall if this batch has pigs ears for him!!

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