is with very deep regret that the Ministry of Defence
has to confirm that Private Andrew Joseph Kelly died
on 6 May in an accident whilst serving in Iraq. Aged
18, he was serving with 3rd Battalion, The Parachute
mother, Mrs Helen Yallop, has asked for the following
statement to be issued:
loss is deeply felt by all the family. We are devastated.
He was a wonderful, fearless and confident son, always
well-mannered, and who, even as a young boy, desired
only to be a Para. He turned 18 on 9 March this year,
and within days was on his way to the Gulf.
at school in Tavistock, he was single-minded about
an Army career, knowing it would fulfil his ambitions
for travel and sport. He loved swimming, roller-blading
and skiing, and had enjoyed many family trips abroad.
In his last call to me just days ago, he said, 'Don't
worry about me mum; Paras always go to heaven.'
will be missed sorely, too, by his two dogs - especially
Roxy, a Staffordshire terrier who senses a terrible
tragedy has befallen us all. Andrew remains alive
in our thoughts and memories; it will always be so."
Colonel Matthew Lowe, the Commanding Officer of 3rd
Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, said:
loss of Private Andy Kelly is especially tragic. He
was a young man full of energy and life with a long
career in The Parachute Regiment ahead of him. Andy
had recently joined the 3rd Battalion, having come
from the Infantry Training Centre where he had completed
basic training and proved himself to be fit, mentally
agile, professional, and highly determined.
had always been Andy's ambition to be a Parachute
Regiment soldier and he was welcomed from the moment
he arrived. He had just started to make new friends
and settle down into post-war operations. Andy was
quiet but confident and likeable. He was very polite
and carried out his job in the professional manner
expected from a member of the British Army on operations.
Battalion will hold a private memorial service in
Iraq. Our thoughts are with his family and friends,
who have asked for privacy at this exceptionally difficult
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