In front of a congregation of 2,000 including HRH The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Princes Charles, William and Harry and millions of others watching on television, Harrow Way’s Tyler Barrow did his parents and school proud. Son of an Army Captain Tyler represented all service children as he stood alongside the Bishop of London for the Afghanistan Service of Commemoration and read the Act of Commitment to the Common Good, urging the congregation to “seek to heal the wounds of war”.
His father Captain Gary Barrow of the King’s Hussars explains how 13 year old Tyler was given the honour: “I have competed three tours of Afghanistan and although injured during the first in 2007 was deployed again in 2009 and 2012. During this time Tyler has seen and experienced the stress it causes to wives and mothers and has had to ‘step up to the plate’ when I am away. He knows what it is like when there is the knock on the door to tell his mother than his dad is injured so when asked if he would like to do then reading, he jumped at the chance and was extremely proud to be given this great honour.”
According to Captain Barrow, Tyler was very nervous beforehand but was word-perfect on the day. Sat just five feet away from HRH The Queen and Princes Charles, William and Harry, he impressed with his composure and clear confident speech as he made his reading.
The Service of Commemoration, held at St Paul’s Cathedral marked the end of the 13 year long combat operations in Afghanistan. Prime Minister David Cameron and former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown joined veterans and their families to honour all who fought and paid tribute to the 453 service men and women who lost their lives.
Following the service Tyler attended a reception at the Guildhall in London where he met several of the royals and the head of the British Army, General Sir Nicholas Carter.
He has also become somewhat of a media star having done several interviews including the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. While his father Captain Barrow was being interviewed by ITV’s Lorraine Kelly, it was Tyler who stole the show. Captain Barrow concludes: “I suspect Tyler now has a future in the media!”
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