is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has
to confirm that Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull of
The Blues & Royals, Household Cavalry Regiment,
was killed on 28 March in southern Iraq. He was 25,
and based in Windsor.
wife, Mrs Susan Hull, issued the following statement:
have decided to issue this statement because I feel
strongly that I should make clear that Matty wasn't
just another number added to a casualty list.
is, without doubt, the most exceptional man I have
ever met; a loving and supportive husband and son,
a dedicated soldier and a great friend to so many.
He had rightly earned the utmost respect from everyone
he worked with, and this makes it that much harder
to accept this accidental death.
was fully committed to his role, in the army as a
whole, and both his Regiment and Squadron. I know
that he was where he wanted to be, doing the job he
believed in when he died.
is not easy to come to terms with the fact that someone
who was so full of life has had his so cruelly cut
short, just three days before his 26th birthday, but
come to terms with it we must. Matty's personal strength
instilled in me the ability to 'dig deep' and 'be
strong', and that is what I, and everyone who loved
him so greatly, must now do. It is what he would want.
I express my sincere thanks to all at Household Cavalry
Regiment for their support throughout this terrible
time, and I pray that this war will be over swiftly
with no more such tragic deaths.
always strived for a challenge and Iraq has proved
his ultimate test. His aim in life was to be the best
he could be, and there was certainly no better husband,
son or brother on this earth. May I request that myself
and Matty's family are now left in peace to mourn
over our devastating loss."
Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry Regiment,
Lieutenant Colonel Mark van der Lande OBE, gave the
is with deep regret that the Household Cavalry Regiment
learnt of an incident involving soldiers from D Squadron,
The Blues and Royals, of this Regiment, who are serving
on operational duty in Iraq with 16 Air Assault Brigade.
An investigation is taking place in theatre but, because
of the operational situation, the full facts of the
incident have yet to emerge. We have been informed
that one soldier is missing believed killed and four
have been wounded. The Squadron was in action at the
time but it is suspected this may have been a 'friendly
fire' incident. The next of kin of all those involved
have been informed, but they are not yet ready to
release nor do we intend to release details of those
involved at this stage.
is a particularly difficult time for the Regiment
and its families. I would like to pay tribute to the
bravery and courage of these soldiers and to that
of the rest of the Squadron. We are professional soldiers
and our job carries risks, but any loss is a bitter
blow. It is hard too for those families not directly
involved in this incident. I would therefore ask that
the Regiment and our families be left to themselves
both to grieve and to support each other. When we
are in a position to make a further announcement we
will do so. In the mean time, our thoughts and prayers
are with the families and with D Squadron as they
continue on operations in Iraq."
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