Soldier rang home to propose... but left his message on my phone by mistakeBy Paul Sims
Last updated at 11:26 AM on 26th January 2011
There was, however, one problem with the answerphone message left by a lovesick soldier for his girlfriend.
He appears to have dialled the wrong number and, consequently, proposed to the wrong woman.
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Worse still, he cannot make another call home for a month and is not due to return, it is thought from Afghanistan, until April.
The mystery soldier – he did not leave his name – left the 90-second message last Thursday. In it he tells his girlfriend, Samantha, how much he loves her and their unborn child – before finally proposing.
He begins: ‘Hi baby it’s me, I am sorry I could not call you last month, but you know what it is like out here.
‘I should be back in three months so we can be together then.
‘One of my guys has just been blown up, so I feel sad, I really feel sad.
‘I feel so sad that I did not get to speak to you just now but I will speak to you next month.’
Overcome with nerves he then says: ‘Don’t ever forget I love you, I love you so much, I love you with all my heart and I was going to ask you, don’t answer, obviously you can’t answer, but will you marry me?’
The soldier speaks more of his sadness at apparently losing a friend to a roadside bomb before adding: ‘I love you with all my heart.
‘I do not know what to say babes. I can’t wait until you give birth to my baby, my little soldier. I will do everything in my heart and I will try my hardest to fight to protect you...(inaudible)
‘I’ve got to go back out here now. I love you with all my heart, don’t ever forget that, I love you, alright Samantha, I love you, bye, bye.’
But the message was never picked up by Samantha.
Instead, it was left for 44-year-old mother of three Diane Potts, who heard it when she returned to her home in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.
Mrs Potts, an alternative therapist, said: ‘It was about half seven in the evening when I listened to my voicemail. From the way the young chap was talking it was clear he was a soldier.
‘I could tell he was speaking from a phone booth, the line was quite crackly. I was shocked, and had to listen to it again before the message sunk in.’
Mrs Potts said the man spoke with a Sunderland accent and didn’t sound older than 18.
‘I think he probably dialled incorrectly, and that his girlfriend’s number is similar to mine.
‘He said he would not be able to ring for another month, and would not be home for another three months, but he didn’t say whereabouts he was.
‘I would assume somewhere in Afghanistan. He was asking his girlfriend to marry him.
‘I just thought, “bless him”. He sounded so young. I felt as though I should not be listening, because the message was obviously meant for someone else. His girlfriend must be having a baby and I really hope she gets in touch.’