Surgeon at Beckenham and Orpington hospitals shares army memories for new film

PUBLISHED: 13:55 17 January 2014 | UPDATED: 13:55 17 January 2014

Mr Eddie Chaloner left the army in 2002 after serving in the reserve squadron of the 23 Parachute Field Ambulance.

Mr Eddie Chaloner left the army in 2002 after serving in the reserve squadron of the 23 Parachute Field Ambulance.


A surgeon who formerly served in the army is helping to make scenes of war as authentic as possible on the set new film, set in Afghanistan.

Mr Eddie Chaloner, who works from BMI Chelsfield Park, in Bucks Cross Road, Orpington and BMI The Sloane Hospital, in Albermarle Road, Beckenham, is working closely with director Paul Katis on his latest film, Kajaki.

The consultant vascular surgeon got involved after hearing about the film project through a network of former airborne solders.

He was formely part of 144 Parachute Squadron in 1990, providing medical support to the brigade. During his service, Mr Chaloner was deployed to Rwanda, Bosnia and Kosovo before leaving in 2002.

Since then, his work with The HALO Trst has taken him to Afghanistan, Angola and Sri Lanka, where he worked on the medical logistics of mine clearing, training staff and operating on patients in local hospitals.

He said: “While I was working in Afghanistan with The HALO Trust I saw two mine clearers blown up at close proximity.

“That experience is something you don’t forget. The purpose of the film is to show the public what working in places such as Afghanistan entails for our frontline armed forces.

“Having met Paul and discussed the film there is a clear intention to make this movie as authentic and real as possible, so I think that is a very important thing for the public to see.

“It’s a great project and for me it is very personal and quite emotional.”

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