The Veteran - May Issue


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The Veteran 18 May 2019


British Soldier Killed In Malawi Repatriated To UK


Image: British Army

ABritish soldier killed by

an elephant in Malawi

has been repatriated

back to the UK.

Guardsman Mathew Talbot,

22, of 1st Battalion

A 24-year-old household cavalry soldier

was found hanging in his barracks, a

coroner said yesterday (Tuesday).

Lance Corporal Joel Robinson had been

serving with The Household Cavalry

Mounted Regiment, based at Combermere

Barracks in Windsor, when he died.

He was confirmed dead at the scene and

a file was prepared for the Berkshire

Coroner Heidi Connor, who opened an inquest

into Mr Robinson's death in Reading


Mrs Connor said: “The preliminary cause

of death following a postmortem examination

is given as asphyxia due to hanging.

Identification was confirmed by Tim

Puddifoot on March 25.

Coldstream Guards died in

the African country earlier this

month while deployed as part

of the Army's counter

poaching team.

Gdsm Talbot's body was

repatriated to RAF Brize

Norton on a C-17 transport


The ramp ceremony took

place at the RAF base, with

six members of the

Coldstream Guards carrying

his coffin.

The funeral cortege then left

Brize Norton, making its way

to the village.

Malawi was Gdsm Talbot's

first operational deployment

where he was working as a

Counter Poaching Operator.

Last year, the UK expanded

its deployments in the African

country to Nkhotakota and

Majete Wildlife Reserves after

a pilot scheme in Liwonde

National Park.

Prior to serving with 1st

Battalion Coldstream Guards,

Gdsm Talbot was posted to

Number 7 Company

Coldstream Guards in London

conducting ceremonial duties.

He had also completed

overseas training during an

exercise in Kenya.


Young Windsor soldier found dead while on duty

Story: Windsor Observer Reporter: Shruti Sheth Trivedi

“I would like to record my most sincere

condolences to his family and friends at

this very say time.”

A spokesman for the Household Cavalry

said: “We can confirm that a soldier has

died on March 25, 2019 while on duty in

Windsor. Our thoughts are with the family

and friends at this difficult time.”

Mr Robinson's guardian, Dee Lockhart, of

Walton, Brampton, north Cumbria, had

organised a full military funeral for the

soldier on Tuesday, April 30 at Windsor

Garrison Church.

The date of the full inquest was to be

confirmed at a later date.

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