Soldier's final moments on camera

VIDEO An Ipswich soldier's final moments have been captured on film for a documentary episode to be screened next month, it has emerged today.Lorraine McClure, the mother of Private Aaron McClure, has today said the moment she watched footage of the blast that killed her son and two others from the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, in Afghanistan, it was like her heart being ripped out.

AN IPSWICH soldier's final moments have been captured on film for a documentary episode to be screened next month, it has emerged today.

Lorraine McClure, the mother of Private Aaron McClure, has today said the moment she watched footage of the blast that killed her son and two others from the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, in Afghanistan, it was like her heart being ripped out.

A new five-part documentary series on Sky One, which started this week, sees actor Ross Kemp join the Vikings on the front line in the war-torn country.

Producers from the show contacted the McClure family to ask their permission to show the footage. They also gave them a preview of the first episode, in which 19-year-old Pte McClure can be seen in the background in one scene.

Miss McClure, 37, of Marlow Road, Westbourne, said: “We were shown a clip from a soldier's head cam of the actual bomb that killed the boys, to see if we were ok with it being aired.

“If we hadn't known it was that particular blast, it would have been fine but knowing it was that blast was like my heart was being ripped out. It was so hard to watch.”

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Although Mr Kemp was not in Afghanistan at the time of their deaths when they were hit by bomb dropped by a US aircraft in August 2007, he returned to the scene eight days later to find out the mood of the camp.

The episodes following the deaths, to be aired in February, also show an interview with Pte Robert Foster's family and how they are coping in the aftermath.

In the final episode, Mr Kemp joins the Royal Anglians as they capture and destroy the compound in which the three men were killed. There is also footage of the troops' homecoming and the medal parade in Pirbright.

Miss McClure added: “There was a very small glimpse of Aaron at one point in the first episode, which I was hoping to see.

“To see him there made me really chuffed. I remember Aaron talking about Ross Kemp being there during their training session in Salisbury and said he was a really nice guy-very down to earth.

“As much as you hear stories about what goes on out there, you cannot grasp what it is really like. I'm pleased this series has been made. People need to know what is going on out there.”

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