THE dog-ged determination of a former Royal Navy sailor injured in the Gulf War has scooped him a top award.
Allen Parton was severely brain damaged in an incident during the first Gulf War which left him in hospital for five years and in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
His assistance dog Endal helped him get his life back on track and with his passing Endal Junior (EJ) is now at his side.
Allen, from Clanfield, is now helping other people through the charity he founded, Hounds for Heroes, which provides assistance dogs to injured servicemen and women and people from the emergency services.
Next month, he will be honoured in a star-studded ceremony with a Soldiering On Award from the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT).
The charity is recognising Allen for his determination to overcome his disabilities and for his tireless work in setting up Hounds For Heroes.’
Allen will share this award with EJ.
Squadron Leader Tal Lambert MBE, the founder of the Soldiering on Through Life Trust, said ‘There is no better example of a serviceman who deserves this award. Not only is he an example to others, but also, despite his horrific injuries, he has shown a determination to get on with life beyond recall.
‘He is a true hero, which underlines the spirit of our Armed Forces, The Royal Navy and these awards.’
Allen was a Chief Petty Officer serving in the Royal Navy during the first Gulf War. He had a promising naval career ahead of him and a wife and two children but the incident wiped out his memory and left him unable to walk, speak or write.
He couldn’t even remember getting married or the birth of his children.
But his life changed when he was introduced to Endal.