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Private Matthew James Sean Haseldin killed in Afghanistan

November 4, 2011

It is with regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Private Matthew Haseldin from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (2 MERCIAN) in Afghanistan on Thursday 3 November 2011.

Private Matthew Haseldin

Private Matthew Haseldin. Picture: via MOD

Private Haseldin was killed in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, while on an operation to maintain freedom of movement for the local population. His patrol came under attack from insurgents and sadly, during the attack, he sustained a fatal gunshot wound.

Private Matthew James Sean Haseldin

Private Haseldin, aged 21, from Settle, Yorkshire, joined the Army in February 2011 before successfully passing the Combat Infantryman’s Course at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick. Upon completion of training, Private Haseldin joined 2 MERCIAN in August 2011 ahead of the Battalion’s deployment to Afghanistan in September on Operation HERRICK 15.

Private Haseldin joined C Company Group just after they had deployed to the Nahr-e Saraj District in Helmand province as part of Combined Force Burma. The Battalion is responsible for securing freedom of movement along Route 611, which is a key Main Supply Route linking Gereshk city with other district centres in Helmand province and beyond, including Kandahar City.

On the morning of 3 November 2011, Private Haseldin’s patrol deployed from their operating base to clear and secure areas along Route 611, a key ground line of communication. Whilst conducting a check, the patrol came under attack from sustained small arms fire and underslung grenades during which Private Haseldin was fatally wounded.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    November 4, 2011 23:15

    I condolence to Ministry o buddies and family for the death of Private Mattewh Haseldin.
    he is now on the arm of The Father.
    He will live on our heart and we remember him for ever.
    Sincerily Claudio Alpaca

  2. Barry Sheridan permalink
    November 5, 2011 00:26

    The loss of this young soldier is further tragedy to what has been a difficult year. My deepest sympathies go Matthew Haseldin’s family, especially his parents and any siblings. This loss is of course shared by those who served, and will continue to serve, I pray continually that we will lose no more. RIP

  3. jack permalink
    November 5, 2011 01:33

    May this young hero rest in peace. my heart aches for his parents, his comrades, and his friends. gone too soon. we will never forget. god bless and keep the faith.

  4. November 5, 2011 02:53

    My thoughts are with his family and colleagues at this time.

  5. Andrew permalink
    November 5, 2011 17:18

    RIP BELOVED BROTHER,YOUR LOVE AND ENDURANCE WILL REMAIN IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS

  6. jack permalink
    November 7, 2011 11:41

    May he rest in peace, knowing that he will not be forgotten as a hero to us all. My deepest sympathy to his family, losing him so young. God bless you and keep the faith.

  7. Frank Dinn permalink
    November 12, 2011 17:35

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues, I will be about Matthew tomorrow in particular.

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