Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Para 'Had No Time off for 2 Months before He Died'; Killed: Private Daniel Gamble, 22, Called His Parents on the Day before He Died in a Suicide Bombing

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Para 'Had No Time off for 2 Months before He Died'; Killed: Private Daniel Gamble, 22, Called His Parents on the Day before He Died in a Suicide Bombing

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Byline: RASHID RAZAQ

THE family of a paratrooper killed in Afghanistan today spoke of how hehad not had a day off for two months.

The mother of Private Daniel Gamble spoke to the 22-year-old the day before heand two other Paras were killed by a suicide bomber whom he had approachedafter seeing him acting suspiciously.

Georgina Gamble, 49, and her husband Paul, a 53-year-old police officer, saidtheir son's life in Afghanistan had become almost unbearable. In his last callhome Pte Gamble said he had not had a day off in two months despite dailypatrols in 50C heat and was unable to sleep because giant spiders kept crawlingover him and his fellow soldiers.

"Daniel phoned the day before we got the bad news and we had a long chat," saidMrs Gamble, of Uckfield, East Sussex.

"He said he was very tired and that he hadn't had a day off since he was outthere.

"He couldn't say much over the phone because it wasn't a secure line, and callsare often intercepted by the Taliban, but he told me he was very 'busy'. …

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