Hero soldier wins standing ovation

PUBLISHED: 10:16 02 February 2012 | UPDATED: 09:30 03 February 2012

Lyndon, pictured at Brize Norton.

Lyndon, pictured at Brize Norton.

Archant

Lyndon, 21, acts out his story in The Two Worlds of Charlie F at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

An Axminster soldier, who was seriously injured in an explosion in Afghanistan, has received a five minute standing ovation from theatre-goers in London.

Lyndon Chatting-Walters, 21, who was educated at Seaton Primary School and Axe Valley Community College, acted out his moving story in the acclaimed play The Two Worlds of Charlie F.

The Royal British Legion project, staged in partnership with the Theatre Royal Haymarket, gave soldiers on a rehabilitation course at Tedworth House in Wiltshire a chance to attend a masterclass in drama and work with writer Owen Sheers.

The hard-hitting documentary, which saw an actress play the role of Lyndon’s mum, school worker Sharon Chatting, received rave reviews in the national press.

“We are all extremely proud of him,” said Sharon.

Lyndon’s back was broken and he suffered extensive other injuries when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on duty in Afghanistan just five weeks after his 18th birthday.

The Royal Engineer was treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital before being transferred to Selly Oak.

“He was extremely lucky to be alive,” Sharon told the Midweek Herald.

“He was determined to return with his regiment to Afghanistan and spent 22 months recovering and working hard at his rehabilitation.

“During that time, he learnt Pashtu and returned to the front line in Afghanistan in late August 2010.”

Unfortunately, Lyndon’s injuries were so severe he is now awaiting further surgery on his spine.

The Two Worlds of Charlie F was performed twice by real soldiers in London’s oldest theatre earlier this month.

It received a five star rating from The Telegraph and 10 out of 10 from Lyndon’s proud family.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Midweek Herald. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Midweek Herald