Aaron joined the Royal Marines in 2006, passing out in March 2007, a promising career lay ahead of him, after leaving Lympstone Aaron was posted to FPG and made an application to join Armoured Support Group. During thi
s time he played rugby for the Royal Marines, having played since he was five Aaron was very talented.
On 11th February 2009 Aaron departed for Afghanistan, aged 21. Just one week later Aaron was driving a Viking Armoured fighting vehicle on a night drive, he was fourth in line, motion from other vehicles caused an IED to be pushed to the surface. It exploded, devastating Aarons vehicle, causing horrific injuries. Aaron lost his Right knee, his lower Right leg shattered, loss of right heel, loss of half of his left knee, a large portion of left lower leg muscle blown away, multiple fractures, dislocation of left hip, ruptured spleen, loss of some sight and hearing, burns, shrapnel injuries, and memory loss.
This had changed his life instantly, faced with of extreme pain, injuries and circumstances. When he was told that he could keep his right leg, living in pain for the rest of his life or have it cut off, Aaron elected to have it amputated without hesitation. His positive attitude was one of; how soon can you do it. Aaron suffered considerable problems with infection, having more of his right leg removed as a result.