Ben Dawson had always been a budding writer. Even in primary school at the age of 10 he was chosen for the national 'Gifted and Talented' programme. Throughout secondary school he excelled especially in English Language and English literature. He flew through his GCSE's with flying colours and landed himself a spot at the local grammar school's Sixth Form. Here he chose to study Sociology, Politics and Specialised Journalism. These qualifications followed through to University where he studied the same again.
Whils at university, Ben had volunteered for the campus' OTC programme for potential military officers. After graduating university he applied at RMAS Sandhurst the British Army Officer Training course.
Unfortunately Ben didn't make the cut as an officer but was instead offered to start basic training as a 'squaddie'.
Ben signed up for the Royal Logistic Corps as he found he had extensive knowledge in administration, combined with his interest in the army, this was a perfect opportunity.
Ben's battallion was deployed into Takistan, he was there to ensure every man was accounted for on the return flights home. However en-route to their camp, his convoy was hit by an IED. Rolling his transport. He emerged seemingly unscathed from the burning wreckage but soon dropped to the floor. A piece of shrapnel had broken from the vehicle and had impaled his upper thigh.
He returned home, only having served 3 days on deployment.
Unfortunately for Ben, his injuries were found to be too severe for redeployment. He lived out the rest of his military career folding papers and pushing pens in the barracks at home. He was itching to get back out there, by any means necessary.
He abruptly left the armed forces to pursue a career in combat-journalism, an overall thankless job but it pays well, and it was his one chance to get back out there.
By the time he started this new job, the civil war in Chernarus had erupted, this was his chance to get back into an active warzone and to feel like he was doing his part to help.
He decided to stay in Chernarus long after the war had ended, covering the rebuilding process. Unfortunately, whilst he was there, the infection broke out, grounding all flights in-bound and out-bound. He was stuck in a foreign land, completely cut off from the outside world. Armed only with a camera, and the will to inform the world.