British Soldier Killed In Malawi Repatriated To UK

A British soldier killed by an elephant in Malawi has been repatriated back to the UK.

Guardsman Mathew Talbot, 22, of 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards died in the African country earlier this month while deployed as part of the Army's counter poaching team.

Gdsm Talbot's body was repatriated to RAF Brize Norton on a C-17 transport aircraft.

The ramp ceremony took place at the RAF base, with six members of the Coldstream Guards carrying his coffin.

The funeral cortege then left Brize Norton, making its way to the village.

Guardsman Mathew Talbot
Gdsm Talbot joined the Army in 2013 (Picture: MOD).

Malawi was Gdsm Talbot's first operational deployment where he was working as a Counter Poaching Operator.

Last year, the UK expanded its deployments in the African country to Nkhotakota and Majete Wildlife Reserves after a pilot scheme in Liwonde National Park.

Prior to serving with 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, Gdsm Talbot was posted to Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards in London conducting ceremonial duties.

He had also completed overseas training during an exercise in Kenya.

Gdsm Mathew Talbot repatriation
Gdsm Talbot's coffin was carried by soldiers from the C-17 into the hearse (Picture: British Army).

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