War-zone proposal on wrong number

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A MYSTERY soldier has left a heart-rending phone message asking his pregnant girlfriend to marry him – but on a wrong number.

Speaking from a war-torn part of the world the serviceman, believed to be from Sunderland, also said he was sad because his friend had been “blown up”.

Dianne Potts, from Whickham, Gateshead, who was amazed to get a marriage proposal from a soldier in Afghanistan on her voicemail.

Dianne Potts, from Whickham, Gateshead, who was amazed to get a marriage proposal from a soldier in Afghanistan on her voicemail.

The search is now on to trace the soldier, who mistakenly poured his heart out to alternative therapist Diane Potts.

The 44-year-old had just got home from work on Thursday, when she checked the messages on her landline and heard the message of love.

“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.”

The unknown soldier, who did not leave his name, said: “I am very sad because my friend has been blown up.

“I cannot wait to see our little soldier, I am going to fight hard for him and his mam.”

During the message the man also asked his girlfriend, who he called Samantha, to marry him and told her he loved her very much.

“He spoke with a regional accent,” said Diane.

“It was a Sunderland accent, but it wasn’t all that easy to tell.

“He sounded really really young, only about 18. I think he probably dialled incorrectly, and that his girlfriend’s number is similar to mine.”

Diane, from Whickham, Gateshead, added: “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. He said he could not wait to see the baby when it was born.

“He was saying how much he loved his girlfriend and he was calling her Samantha.”

But the soldier did not leave any more clues as to who he was or where he was from, during the 90-second message.

Diane, who has three children – Anna, 23, Ben, 20, and Josh, 16 – said: “It did upset me when I was listening to it.

“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.”