Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Real Public Service

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Real Public Service

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THE stories of London soldiers that we report today offer an example jarringly at odds with that other group of public servants now under scrutiny, our MPs. Those parliamentarians now wriggling as they try to justify large, dubious expenses claims on the grounds that it was all in the cause of public service should consider the ethos of fusilier Hayden Hendricks, 18, and Lieutenant Mark Evison, 26.

Fusilier Hendricks, born in Leytonstone, recently flew out to Afghanistan to become the youngest British soldier there, having turned 18 two days before leaving. He will soon be on patrol, risking his life against the Taliban for an annual salary of just over [pounds sterling]16,000. Lieutenant Evison, from Dulwich, paid the ultimate price for his public service this week when he became the 158th British soldier to die in Afghanistan. Another soldier was killed yesterday, the sixth in eight days. All our troops on active service do this dangerous job without complaint, let alone graft. …

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