is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence can
confirm that Sergeant Steven Mark Roberts, 2nd Royal
Tank Regiment, was killed in action near Al Zubayr,
south west of Basrah, on 24 March. Sergeant Roberts
was aged 33, was raised in Cornwall, and had latterly
lived in Bradford in West Yorkshire. He was married,
and had a child from a previous marriage. His family
have been informed.
Colonel Piers Harkinson, the Commanding Officer of the
2nd Royal Tank Regiment, gave this statement:
as he was known, had a full and varied career in the
Regiment. He joined the army in the summer of 1986
as a Junior Leader, during his training he excelled
in all aspects of military life including sports.
He left Junior Leaders in the summer of 1987 having
reached the rank of Junior Sergeant and also held
the Regimental Team Colours in rugby and Individual
Colours in squash.
joined the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment in August 1987.
TC gained promotion very quickly and continued to
demonstrate the potential he had for soldiering. On
amalgamation between the 2nd and 3rd Royal Tank Regiments
he was already a Corporal and was clearly ahead of
his peers. He had tours in Northern Ireland, Cyprus
and Canada. In January 2002 he finished a two year
posting working as an instructor at the Army Foundation
College in Harrogate training new recruits.
continued his love of sport, and represented both
the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment and later the 2nd Royal
Tank Regiment in rugby and squash. TC
was an all-round professional soldier. A first class
tank commander, a strong and affective leader with
great depth or character who excelled under pressure.
He will be sadly missed by all ranks, past and present,
3rd and 2nd Royal Tank Regiment.
of us in the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment send their deepest
sympathies to his wife and family.
wife, Mrs Samantha Roberts, issued the following statement:
whole future lay within the Army; it was his life
and he was very proud of his job. He was adamant that
he was doing the right thing and said that he was
doing it for the people back home and the Iraqi people.
He was a unique man, who was very outgoing and sociable,
and was loved by all who met him.
have been inundated by phone calls from people who
knew him, who have been shocked and sorry to hear
the news. We loved each other deeply - he is totally
mother, Mrs Marion Chapman, said:
loved Cornwall - this was where he was born and brought
up. He always took a Cornish flag with him everywhere.
He was the best son anyone could have. He made us
laugh, he was the most perfect son ever. All his families
and friends will really miss him."
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