Tuesday 21 May 2019

British soldier killed during counter poaching operation

British soldier Mathew Talbot, of The 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, who has died while on counter poaching operations in It is understood Guardsman Talbot was killed by an elephant whilst on patrol. Photo: Ministry of Defence/PA Wire
British soldier Mathew Talbot, of The 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, who has died while on counter poaching operations in It is understood Guardsman Talbot was killed by an elephant whilst on patrol. Photo: Ministry of Defence/PA Wire

Michael Holden

A British soldier has been killed while taking part in counter poaching operations in Malawi, Britain's defence ministry said on Tuesday.

Guardsman Mathew Talbot, who served with The 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was killed on May 5 while on his first operational deployment, the ministry said.

No further details about the incident were given but it is understood Guardsman Talbot was killed by an elephant whilst on patrol.

"He was hugely proud to of his work as a Counter-Poaching Operator, and tragically died doing great good," his commanding officer, Lt Col Ed Launders, said in a statement.

Additional reporting by Press Association reporters

Reuters

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