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The army veteran climbs the first of 50 mountains in memory of his brother shot by the Taliban in Afghanistan


A former soldier climbed the first of 50 mountains in 2021 in memory of his brother who was killed in Afghanistan.

John Davies, 31, of St. Helens, Merseyside, accepts the challenge in memory of his brother Chris, who died in action in 2010.

The veteran started the company on New Years Day trudging up and down the tricky Yorkshire Three Peaks for 25 miles.

John Davies, 31, (pictured) from St. Helens, Merseyside, climbed the first of 50 mountains in 2021 in memory of his brother who was killed in the service of Afghanistan

The veteran (pictured left) accepts the challenge in memory of his brother Chris (pictured right), who died in action in 2010

The veteran (pictured left) accepts the challenge in memory of his brother Chris (pictured right), who died in action in 2010

Over the next 12 months, the veteran will conquer dozens of peaks across the UK, including Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Snowdon in Wales.

He takes on the epic challenge of raising money for the Veterans & # 39; Lifeline of the Armed Forces, which helps support the warring ex-soldier.

His 22-year-old brother Chris was on patrol in Helmand Province when he was ambushed and shot at by Taliban insurgents and suffered a fatal gunshot wound to his chest.

Both men served with the Irish Guards (pictured), and John takes on the challenge of raising money for the armed forces' Veterans & # 39; lifeline

Both men served with the Irish Guards (pictured), and John takes on the challenge of raising money for the armed forces' Veterans & # 39; lifeline

The veteran started the company on New Years Day trudging up and down the tricky Yorkshire Three Peaks for 25 miles (pictured)

The veteran started the company on New Years Day trudging up and down the tricky Yorkshire Three Peaks for 25 miles (pictured)

John was in Helmand at the time of his brother's death and both men were serving in the Irish Guards.

He said traversing the mountains from Whernside at 2,415 feet, Ingleborough at 2,372 feet and Pen-y-Gent at 2,277 feet was "a lot harder" than he had thought.

He added, “It was really good, but definitely a lot more difficult than I thought.

& # 39; The first 20 miles were fine but then my feet started killing me and I thought, "I would like to give up now," but that would never happen.

"I'm doing this for a big charity and also for my brother, so there will definitely be no giving up."

John said, & # 39; Chris will be on my mind a lot as I climb. It won't be sad thoughts, but how he would laugh at me if I kept fighting.

"He would have been the first to come and do it to me."

John served with the Irish Guards for a decade before retiring as a guardsman in 2018.

Chris Davies, 22, (pictured) was on patrol in Helmand Province when he was ambushed and shot at by Taliban insurgents and suffered a fatal gunshot wound to his chest

Chris Davies, 22, (pictured) was on patrol in Helmand Province when he was ambushed and shot at by Taliban insurgents and suffered a fatal gunshot wound to his chest

He has done three tours in the Middle East. It was during his second in 2010 that his brother Chris, who was on his first tour, was killed.

John, now a warehouse worker, said the idea for a mountain challenge came to him last summer after he decided to start exercising again.

He added: “I then decided to do everything on my brother's behalf to increase motivation. I can't let him down now. & # 39;

John expects to climb a mountain almost every weekend in 2021.

John said the idea for a mountain challenge came to him last summer and he expects to climb a mountain almost every weekend in 2021

John said the idea for a mountain challenge came to him last summer and he expects to climb a mountain almost every weekend in 2021

He is working his way up to the National Three Peaks Challenge, where participants try to climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.

Charity Veteran's Life was set up by one of John's old superiors in the Army.

He said that after his brother died, he "stayed healthy" thanks to the support of the other soldier around him.

He added, “Many veterans do not have this support and face a variety of problems while they are still serving and even more so when they are gone.

"Veteran's Life are doing a great job."

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