SERGEANT CHANTELLE TAYLOR
Sergeant Chantelle Taylor, 41, from Plymouth joined the British Army in 1998 at the age of 22 as a Combat Medical Technician.
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In 2008, she embarked on her second tour to Camp Bastion Hospital in Helmand province in Afghanistan with the Royal Army Medical Corps. Chantelle was on patrol when she was ambushed by Taliban fighters, and was forced to fire on a combatant during the kill-or-be-killed encounter. As a result, Chantelle became known as the first British female soldier to kill an enemy fighter.
Chantelle left the army in 2010 and returned to Afghanistan with the U.S Department of State to develop a trauma assistant program to provide support to victims of the conflict. In 2014 she published her book, ‘Battleworn: The Memoir of a Combat Medic in Afghanistan’.