David graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served his country with distinction in Afghanistan with 19th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Scottish Gunners) as part of the Herrick 16 Battle Group. David was based in Main Operation Base Price within the Nahri-Saraj District of Helmand Province, which proved an intense sector of engagement throughout the conflict. As 28/143 Battery Officer, it was his role to command artillery fire in support ground operations within the district as well as lead combat patrols and train the Afghanistan Defence Force.
Upon his return from Afghanistan, David successfully completed the All Arms Commando Course to earn the coveted Green Beret. He served in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery as a Fire Team Support Commander and later deployed to Middle East as a means to train Kurdish Special Forces.
Understandably, his experiences in Afghanistan had a profound effect on David as well as many of his comrades. It was clear that for others under his command the experience left an indelible mark on their psychological well-being and it was at that point he developed an acute interest in supporting the positive health and well-being of the men under his command as well as veterans living with life-changing physical and psychological wounds.
It was this reason that led, ultimately, to David’s decision to run the 2016 London Marathon in support of Help for Heroes. Following his tragic death running the London Marathon, The Captain David Seath Memorial Fund was established as a means to support personnel and veterans, living with life-changing physical and psychological trauma through Help for Heroes.
Over £300,000 has now been raised in support of David’s legacy which has been used to award two hundred and forty-eight welfare grants, through Help for Heroes Quick Reaction Fund as well as support over eight hundred personnel, veterans and their families through Help for Heroes’ Fellowship Programme in Scotland.
That’s why we continue to work with David’s chosen charity, Help for Heroes. By doing so, we can be confident that every single donation to the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund really does help to rebuild lives.