here for hi-res photo)
Titchener, second from right,
pictured shortly before his death,
on the steps of the former
Presidential Palace in Basrah with
some of the senior Iraqi officials
with whom he was working to
rebuild the civilian police force
in southern Iraq
here for hi-res photo)
is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has
to confirm that Major Matthew Titchener, the Officer
Commanding 150 Provost Company, Royal Military Police,
was killed during an attack by gunmen on a British Army
vehicle in Basrah on 23 August 2003.
Titchener, aged 32 from Southport, Merseyside, was married
to Raqual for almost 6 years and they have a young son
called Matheson. Raqual is expecting their second child
was commissioned into the 1st Battalion the King's Regiment
in April 1992 and served world-wide including; Northern
Ireland, Cyprus, Jordan, Egypt and Canada. He also served
as an Instructor at the Infantry Training Centre at
Catterick and Strensall and commanded 26 Cadet Training
Team in Manchester. In May 1999 he transferred to the
Royal Military Police. His appointments included Adjutant
6 RMP, Northern Ireland, Officer Commanding 170 Pro
Coy RMP in Edinburgh and most recently as Officer Commanding
150 Pro Coy 3 RMP based in Catterick, North Yorkshire.
was an officer of the very highest calibre. He was an
intelligent, highly motivated and dedicated leader.
He set the highest of standards and successfully ensured
that all who came within his influence were inspired
by his strength of character, sense of humour and compassion.
main passions outside Army life were his family and
football. He was a talented football player, qualified
referee and manager of the RMP football team. He was
also an ardent fan of Liverpool Football Club.
wife Raqual (spelt thus) said:
was a perfect husband and a brilliant Dad. He was
delighted at the thought of being a Dad again. He
died doing a job he was proud of and was professional
to the very end."
Mum and Dad, Val and Fred, and brothers and sister,
Timothy, Daniel and Rebecca, said:
was a loving son who we are really proud of. Words
cannot describe how much we will miss him."
Second in Command, Captain Sean O'Brien said:
was a highly talented and motivated Officer who was
liked and respected by all who knew him. His untimely
death is a blow to all in the RMP family, but particularly
to those who worked closely with him here in Catterick.
It was a pleasure to have known him and he will be
sorely missed both personally and professionally.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, parents
and family at this difficult time."
media are requested to respect the family's privacy
at this very difficult time.
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