its a normal day in 1997 the place is Guilford Surrey i am a Warrant Officer in the army responsible for the Fire Safety of 1000 Recruits girls and boys men and women. To test the recruits i decide to have a fire practice to record and log the reaction of the camp. Everyone in camp must muster on the parade square within 5 minutes. After parading on the square a nominal roll is taken of all people present.

There is a female missing from the roll call so i dispatch people to look for her. I realise that the girl is from the barrack room near my office so i go straight to her room and as i walk in she is still in bed i shake her and try waking her up, she is young just like my daughter, she doesn’t respond so i get hold of her as i shout for help and lay her on the floor and i start give her mouth to mouth plus chest compression’s. I feel that she is still warm to the touch. I shout again as i continue chest compressions, Someone arrives after 3 minutes so they phone for an ambulance.

I gave CPR for for 20 mins look into the girls eyes praying she would breath and speak to me. My efforts were all in vain and the medics arrived and tried to revive her with no joy. They thanked me for my efforts but she was pronounced dead while i watched.

After doing what i did and finding hard to take in that a young girl of 24 had died or was dead while i tried my best to bring her back to life. The army never consulted me after, no report or anything. The family came down to the camp but was never asked for to explain what had happened.

Would it have any effect on my already troubled mind, i don’t know. It wouldn’t be the first or last human body i would attempt to bring back to life.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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