Video: Wounded Iraq war commander tells Milton Keynes students that life is about teamwork

A British Army leader who was almost killed in a fierce battle in the Iraqi city of Basra told a Business Breakfast meeting how it is up to adults to help develop potential in young people.

Major David Bradley, who was given a 5 per cent chance of survival by medics after the leading a rescue mission in 2004, told students, staff and businesses at The Hazeley Academy Business Breakfast this morning (Friday) the story of “Private Peaceful”.

Major David Bradley at The Hazeley Academy, Milton Keynes

Major David Bradley at The Hazeley Academy, Milton Keynes

Private Peaceful (his name was made up) was a hell-raising 19-year-old troublemaker but Major Bradley and his fellow commanders saw a spark in him and gave him a second chance.

In action in Basra, Private Peaceful proved himself by fighting alongside his comrades to rescue a lost patrol and bring them back to relative safety. He has since been promoted and proving his worth.

Major Bradley said he believes this young generation are just as brave as the men who fought on the beaches at D-Day in 1944 but it is up to adults to guide them.

But, he added that “young people need to understand, trust and listen” to the experiences of the older generation.

The Business Breakfast was held in partnership with Business In The Community, which runs the Business Class scheme linking businesses in Milton Keynes with schools. Hazeley has a close relationship with Wates and Home Retail Group.

Businesses gave careers advice to students in sessions following the breakfast.