A LOCAL postman deployed to Afghanistan discovered that a fellow Camp Bastion soldier lived at one of his Carluke delivery addresses!
Army Reserves postman Sergeant George Cairns (45), was stunned when he spotted Captain Iain Macdonald (49), in Camp Bastion Post Office, sending a parcel to his wife 3600 miles away in Carluke.
George took one look at the postcode and, immediately recognising it, declared: “I deliver your mail in the UK!”
Fellow reservist Iain, a senior computing technician at Glasgow University who moved to Carluke in 2006, drinks in the same pub as George and they completed parts of their pre-deployment training together.
Iain, who helps the Afghan National Army in his role as second in command of the Labour Support Unit, said: “I couldn’t believe it when George said he was my postman in Carluke.
“As reservists we do a fair bit of pre-deployment training to ensure we’re operating at the same level as our regular colleagues.
“George and I must have been on the same courses without realising we lived in the same town!”
George, a postal courier with the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC), maintains troops’ morale in Afghanistan by ensuring they receive messages from loved ones.
When back in Scotland he lives with his wife, Elaine, a care worker, and his daughter, Isla (3).
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