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Private Matthew Thornton killed in Afghanistan

November 11, 2011

It is with regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Private Matthew Thornton, from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (4 YORKS), was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday 9 November 2011.

Private Matthew Thornton. Picture: via MOD

Private Matthew Thornton. Picture: via MOD

Private Thornton was a Territorial Army soldier of 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment who deployed to Afghanistan with Support Company, 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (1 YORKS), as an element of Combined Force Lashkar Gah (The Queen’s Royal Hussars Battle Group) in October 2011. He operated out of Checkpoint Khoorashan in the Babaji area at the northern tip of the Lashkar Gah district.

On 9 November 2011, his and another multiple were patrolling to the north of Checkpoint Loy Mandeh in order to engage with the Afghan people and to develop a better understanding of their area. During the patrol his multiple was engaged by small arms fire and grenades. While he was manoeuvring and returning fire he was caught in the blast from an improvised explosive device and tragically was killed.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. natalie permalink
    November 11, 2011 18:07

    R.I.P you’ll always be remeberd for you pure bravery! xx

  2. Barry Sheridan permalink
    November 11, 2011 18:59

    That another young soldier, Matthew Thornton has fallen doing his duty is profoundly sad. My thoughts are with this parents and wider family as well as those who served along side this brave soul. RIP

  3. November 11, 2011 19:14

    god bless you son , have a safe journey to meet your fallen comrades , my heart goes out to this brave soldiers family and friends

  4. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    November 11, 2011 20:27

    I condolence to Ministry of Defense, buddies and family of Private Matthew Thornton.
    Another victim of IED and terrorists.
    When an exit from this tunnel, when it will be possible open a peace table tractative ?
    Question without answers, for now.
    The hope is big and is always present, but more time will be need for its concretation.
    Claudio Alpaca

  5. jack permalink
    November 11, 2011 20:49

    R.I.P., brave hero. my heart aches for your family, your comrades, and your friends. we will not forget. keep the faith and god bless you and your family. deepest sympathy.

  6. Karol permalink
    November 11, 2011 22:41

    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
    We will remember them.

    R.I.P. Matthew You’ll never be forgotten. Heart felt condolences to your family and friends xxx

  7. November 11, 2011 22:42

    Rest in Peace Brave Hero and God Bless you. Our thoughts are with all who know and love you ♥

  8. November 12, 2011 00:37

    Rest easy brave soldier, your job in done.

    My thoughts are with your family, colleagues and friends.

  9. Margaret Campbell permalink
    November 12, 2011 00:50

    We will remember Matthew another brave man lost serving his country,our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and hope these messages give them strength. God Bless and RIP Matthew.

  10. Frank Dinn permalink
    November 12, 2011 17:23

    My thoughts and prayers are with Matthew Thornton’s family, friends and colleagues may he rest in peace. Deepest Sympathy

  11. Bebe permalink
    November 14, 2011 23:38

    RIP young man and deepest regards to his friends and family

  12. November 15, 2011 01:46

    Rest in Peace my condolences to your family and friends

  13. colin permalink
    November 25, 2011 16:13

    Hope the public who are logging onto this can now see the not so easy life you lead
    the smiles the playfull antics , the public see, And that you do a 24/7 job
    To you all i give my heart felt thanks, and my best regards .

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