Soldier given slim chance of survival in Iraq battle now speaks to motivate MK students

Motivational speaker Major David Bradley was seriously injured in Basra whilst his company were attempting to save a British patrol cut off by mortar attack
Motivational speaker Major David Bradley was seriously injured in Basra whilst his company were attempting to save a British patrol cut off by mortar attack

A soldier who was so badly wounded in Iraq the medics gave him just a 5 per cent chance of survival is set to speak to students at a school in Milton Keynes.

Major David Bradley received severe wounds to his chest, right eye, hand and shoulder as he led a successful bid to rescue a British patrol cut off by insurgents in the southern city of Basra, in August 2004. One British soldier was killed in the fierce fighting.

Motivational speaker Major David Bradley was seriously injured in Basra whilst his company were attempting to save a British patrol cut off by mortar attack

Motivational speaker Major David Bradley was seriously injured in Basra whilst his company were attempting to save a British patrol cut off by mortar attack

After emergency surgery Major Bradley returned to hospital in the UK and started on the long road of physical rehabilitation and recovery. After four years rehabilitation and more than 20 operations he was medically discharged from the Army and faced a new challenge of finding something else to do with his life.

He took part in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race, considered the toughest marathon canoe race in the world to test his shoulder. He completed the course in 27 hours having paddled non-stop over 125 miles and 77 locks through the worst conditions the 60 year old race had ever seen. His team also managed to raise £22,000 for Help for Heroes.

Before Major Bradley left the Army he gave a talk on leadership in combat to cadets at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. This started an interest in speaking on the importance and principles of leadership, which is where his talk to a breakfast meeting of The Hazeley Academy, in Emperor Drive, Hazeley, Milton Keynes, comes in.

The breakfast meeting from 7.15am to 9am on Friday, July 12, has been organised by Business In The Community’s Business Class initiative, which aims to link businesses in the new city with schools.

Businesses in attendance have also been asked to volunteer to make presentations to students about their particular careers.

Businesses wishing to attend should email Jo Wright at jwright@thehazeleyacademy.com by June 28.