HE’S facing service on the frontline and in preparation a Holme Valley man has led a team of squaddies up the second highest mountain in Africa.
Cpl Jon Lord, 29, is a physical training instructor in the British Army.
After Christmas he will be deployed to Afghanistan and as part of his training he scaled Mount Kenya, which stands tall at nearly 5,000m.
Cpl Lord, whose wife Felicity lives in the valley with their daughters Esme, five, and one-year-old Elsa, said: “I am currently in Kenya, where we are preparing for our deployment to Afghanistan after Christmas.
“I am also an advanced mountain leader and I took 22 members of 53 Field Squadron (Air Support) Royal Engineers, to the summit of Mount Kenya which is at 4,895m.
“It took us four days, and we reached the summit at 05.45 on September 11.”
The former Honley High School pupil joined the army in 2001 as a Royal Engineer.
He has been an instructor for seven years and an advanced mountain leader for two years.
Fitness is the key for the soldier. When back home he plays football for Brook Motors in the Huddersfield and District Football League third division.
The Army corporal says there is no better place than home for his love of the outdoors, adding: “I am a keen mountaineer and the best place for me is the Peak District National Park where I go climbing.
“I took Esme, my daughter, up Mount Snowdon when she was two.”