Stories from the Recent Conflicts Gallery

Wounded in Afghanistan

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Chris May receives First Aid and is evacuated 23 September 2011
photographer Able Seaman Jo Dilorenzo
Photographs reproduced courtesy of Chris May

In the newly upgraded Recent Conflicts Gallery at the Shrine, visitors can see Corporal Chris May’s helmet and uniform from Afghanistan. The helmet is dented at the back, where Corporal May’s head was slammed against the roof of the Bushmaster vehicle he was travelling in as it hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), on 23 September 2011.

The IED had been planted on a bridge that Corporal May’s unit had to cross while travelling into a remote area of Uruzgan Province to bring medical care to a sick local child. He sustained serious head and back injuries and was evacuated by helicopter to a military hospital at Tarin Kowt, and then to Kanadahar and eventually back to Australia.

Corporal May’s road to recovery was long and hard, as the physical and mental effects of his wounds took years to overcome. His story is one of many of those who served in Afghanistan, and in recent years he has acted as an advocate for the support of young veterans of recent conflicts. 

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