Body of Harrogate-trained soldier flown back to the UK

Body of Harrogate-trained soldier flown back to the UK

Published by Lisa Darvill at 6:05am 15th May 2019.

A Harrogate-trained solider, who was killed by elephant while on anti-poaching operations, has been brought back to the UK. 

22-year-old Matthew Talbot, who was serving with 1st Batallion Coldstream Guards, died in Malawi on 5th May. 

He was part of the British Army's counter poaching team. 

He completed his military training at Harrogate's Army Foundation College

His body was flown back to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire yesterday afternoon. 

His commanding officer described the 22 year-old as "determined and big-hearted". 

After his death, the ministry of Defence released the following statement: 

"On completion of his military training at AFC Harrogate and then ITC Catterick Gdsm Talbot was posted to Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards, based in London where he spent the first, formative year of his career conducting State Ceremonial and Public Duties. Since then Gdsm Talbot has been serving with The 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, based in Windsor. This deployment to Malawi was his first operational deployment. Mathew took great pride in being a Counter Poaching Operator and in what he and the rest of the team was doing in Malawi.

"Mathew was an exceptionally kind and friendly individual. In Malawi he was often to be found befriending the locals and learning their language, which he did remarkably quickly. He became good friends with the Gurkhas attached to the team and took time to try and learn Nepali. Mathew was a very keen photographer, documenting his time in the military with countless albums of his work. He particularly enjoyed capturing his time in Malawi. He loved music and his close friends will remember him as a big fan of Frank Sinatra. Mathew was an avid reader of military history and he was incredibly proud to serve in a regiment that had such a long an illustrious history."

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