Rifleman David Wild
2nd Battalion The Rifles
13th August 2009
Rifleman Daniel Wild of 2nd Battalion The Rifles was killed near Forward Operating Base Jackson in Sangin, Afghanistan, on Thursday 13 August 2009.
Rifleman Wild was born on 18 July 1990 in Easington. He joined the Army in 2007, conducting his phase one training at Army Training Regiment Bassingbourn and completing his phase 2 training at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick.
He joined 2nd Battalion The Rifles in May 2008. Too young to deploy to Kosovo last summer, he seized the opportunity to deploy on exercise to Canada with 5th Battalion The Rifles instead. He excelled there despite his apparent lack of experience, receiving outstanding reports from all he worked with.
On his return to 2 RIFLES he threw himself wholeheartedly into pre-deployment training, determined to excel when he finally got his chance on operations. He passed many courses with distinction including the Team Medic cadre, qualifying him to administer life-saving first aid whilst patrolling in Helmand.
He was an exceptional shot, both with the rifle and machine gun. He died in an IED explosion on 13 August 2009 whilst helping another soldier to safety in Sangin. Rifleman Wild leaves behind his loving mother, his sister, Megan, and his brothers, Dale and Christopher.