Rifleman Adrian Sheldon
2nd Battalion The Rifles
7th May 2009
Rifleman Sheldon was killed in Afghanistan on the evening of Thursday 7 May 2009 as a result of an explosion when travelling in a Jackal vehicle near Sangin in Helmand province.
Rifleman 'Shelly' Sheldon first joined the battalion in March 2001, having completed training at the Army Foundation College Harrogate and the Infantry Training Centre Catterick.
He served on operations in Sierra Leone, Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq. He then left the Army, to try something else, and spent time working in IT recruitment and for a Driving Agency. But it soon became clear that life as a 'civvie' was not for him and he returned to the battalion in time to begin pre-deployment training for Afghanistan.
He served in 8 Platoon, the Fire Support Platoon in B Company, 2 RIFLES. A Rifleman first and foremost, he was an extremely well-qualified driver and got stuck into the task of learning the Jackal, the vehicle he wasto drive in Afghanistan. He set about learning his new job at the double and with an enviable alacrity. When not driving the Jackal, he also took his place in a Rifle Section as Machine Gunner.
Rfn Sheldon came from Kirkby-in-Ashfield; he was a Mansfield lad. He was an avid Mansfield Town supporter and followed the 'Stags' from a young age. He also supported Manchester United - an unprecedented mix. He alsoenjoyed rugby, socialising with friends, and TV sports, especially darts.
Rfn Sheldon leaves behind his parents, Mark and Diane Sheldon, and his younger sister, Amy.