A SOLDIER who served with Prince Harry in Afghanistan received a campaign medal yesterday.
Lance Corporal George Barff, formerly of Slaithwaite, returned from a six-month tour of Helmand province last week.
The 23-year-old was given his campaign medal at Combermere Barracks in Windsor on the same day that Prince Harry was honoured.
The prince was among 170 members of the Household Cavalry to receive the decoration. His medal was presented by his aunt the Princess Royal.
Prince Harry went to Helmand in December to work as a forward air controller.
His deployment was supposed to be for four months but was cut short after 10 weeks when a news blackout broke down.
Lance Corporal Barff’s mother Jane, who lives in Slaithwaite, is happy that her son has been honoured.
She said: “I’m very glad that George’s service has been recognised, I think everyone who goes out there deserves a medal.”
Mrs Barff met her son in London on Saturday, three days after he returned from Afghanistan.
She said: “It was such a relief to see him in one piece. I burst into tears when I saw him.”
Mrs Barff added that her son had been in dangerous situations in Afghanistan.
She said: “On one occasion when he was in his tank, three bullets missed his head by two inches. He makes light of it as young lads do.”
Lance Corporal Barff was part of a small team from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers attached to unit which Prince Harry joined in Afghanistan.
He spent his time maintaining Spartan and Scimitar light tanks for the Household Cavalry’s C Squadron.
Lance Corporal Barff met the prince during manoeuvres in the desert near the former Taliban capital of Musa Qala.
The former Shelley College student joined the Army in 2002 and has served in Germany and Cyprus.