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UK NewsBody of British soldier, 22, killed protecting elephants from poachers in Malawi is returned to the UK

08:05  14 may  2019
08:05  14 may  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A British soldier has been killed during an anti- poaching operation in Malawi , the MoD has announced. Guardsman Mathew Talbot, 22 , of The 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was killed whilst on counter poaching operations in the African country on May 5, 2019.

A British soldier has been killed by an elephant during a counter- poaching operation in Malawi . Mathew Talbot, 22 , of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Operation Corded, the name given to the Army's counter- poaching deployment in Malawi , assists in the training of rangers in a bid to help them crack

Body of British soldier, 22, killed protecting elephants from poachers in Malawi is returned to the UK © Press Association Mathew Talbot The body of a British soldier who was killed while protecting elephants from poachers in Malawi is being returned to the UK.

Matthew Talbot, 22, of the Coldstream Guards, died on Sunday in Malawi while serving his first deployment after training.

British Army soldiers carried his coffin, covered with a Union Jack, to the Kamuzu International Airport in the capital Lilongwe, during a tribute ceremony yesterday.

Body of British soldier, 22, killed protecting elephants from poachers in Malawi is returned to the UK © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The body of a British soldier who was killed while protecting elephants from poachers in Malawi is being returned to the UK

Oxfordshire County Council released a statement to say: 'We have been advised by RAF Brize Norton that the repatriation of Guardsman Mathew Talbot of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.'

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A British soldier has died while on counter- poaching operations in Malawi , the Ministry of Defence “This tragic incident is a reminder of the danger our military faces as they protect some of the Operation Corded, the name given to the Army’s counter- poaching deployment in Malawi , assists in

London -- A British soldier has been killed by an elephant while on anti- poaching operations in Malawi . Britain's Ministry of Defense confirmed on Tuesday that About 30 British soldiers are in the southern African country to help train rangers tasked with protecting endangered wildlife.

His body will then be taken to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford.

Body of British soldier, 22, killed protecting elephants from poachers in Malawi is returned to the UK © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Talbot was attacked after the group he was with spotted an elephant and quickly backed off, only for a second to loom up behind them Mr Talbot was attacked after the group he was with spotted an elephant and quickly backed off, only for a second to loom up behind them.

It charged, trampling Guardsman Talbot under its feet.

The rangers fired shots and lit bangers to scare off the elephants but it was too late to save the soldier, who died of his wounds shortly afterwards. It was his first operational deployment.

Body of British soldier, 22, killed protecting elephants from poachers in Malawi is returned to the UK © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Matthew Talbot, 22, of the Coldstream Guards, died on Sunday in Malawi while serving his first deployment after training An Army source said last night: ‘At this time of year the grass is really long and it makes it quite difficult to see great distances.

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A 22 -year-old British solider has died while on a counter- poaching operation in Malawi , the Ministry of Defence There are currently more than 30 British troops currently based in Malawi , where they are working to combat Read more. Monkey clings to soft toys after his parents were killed by poachers .

A British soldier stationed to fight poaching in Southeast Africa was killed in a patrol – one of the Susprika official suspfleischer translates from rhino- poacher , which has 22 -year-old Mathew Talbot died of an elephant when he joined the British military in Malawi for

'Elephants are remarkably quiet creatures. Although they are noisy while they are eating they are really quiet when they are moving so it is quite easy for them to startle humans.’

Prince William, a fierce critic of poaching, is believed to have written to Guardsman Talbot’s family to offer his condolences.

Body of British soldier, 22, killed protecting elephants from poachers in Malawi is returned to the UK © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited British Army soldiers carried his coffin, covered with a Union Jack, to the Kamuzu International Airport in the capital Lilongwe, during a tribute ceremony yesterday It is understood the group was patrolling in Liwonde National Park in the south of Malawi.

Prince Harry visited Liwonde in 2016 and took part in an operation moving elephants 200 miles to another reserve.

He also observed anti-poaching projects there, spending almost three weeks working on the initiative.

Body of British soldier, 22, killed protecting elephants from poachers in Malawi is returned to the UK © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Guardsman Mathew Talbot (pictured) died on Sunday, Britain's Ministry of Defence confirmed He described being around elephants as a unique experience.

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A serving British soldier has been killed by an elephant while on anti- poaching operations He was 22 . In a statement, the MoD said: "It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm The deployment to Malawi was his first operational deployment, where he took "great pride" in being

A defence source said: ‘You go to Malawi expecting it to be a safe deployment, it’s heart-breaking that this has happened.’

Body of British soldier, 22, killed protecting elephants from poachers in Malawi is returned to the UK © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mathew Talbot Body of British soldier, 22, killed protecting elephants from poachers in Malawi is returned to the UK © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mathew Talbot Lieutenant Colonel Ed Launders, Guardsman Talbot’s commanding officer, said the soldier was a determined and big-hearted man, who devoted his life to serving his country.

He added: ‘It was typical of his character to volunteer for an important and challenging role in Malawi.

'He was hugely proud of his work as a counter-poaching operator, and tragically died doing great good.

‘Mathew was loved by his brothers in arms in the Coldstream Guards. We will sorely miss his humour, selflessness and unbeatable spirit.

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UK troops have been deployed to tackle illegal poaching in Africa for years in an effort to bring down criminal networks making billions off the trade in illegal animal parts.

The mission in Malawi began last year following a successful pilot scheme in 2017, and focuses on training Malawi's rangers in tracking, bushcraft, infantry skills and information analysis.

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A BRITISH soldier has been trampled to death by a rogue elephant while on anti- poaching duty in Malawi British troops have been deployed to the African nation in recent years to train local rangers to defend The soldier was killed by a rogue elephant during a mission to protect wildlife (stock).

A British soldier was killed by an elephant during an operation against poachers in Malawi , the UK Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

At least 120 rangers have been mentored by British soldiers so far.

Body of British soldier, 22, killed protecting elephants from poachers in Malawi is returned to the UK © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Former members of the UK intelligence community are also being used to provide intelligence-gathering training, using skills from Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and Iraq to help track and break up poaching networks.

Last year more than 2,000lbs (1,000kg) of ivory was seized and 114 arrests made, a ten-fold increase in compared with 2015.

The UK government has pledged £26 million up to 2020 to help fight the illegal wildlife trade.

Smuggling animal parts is thought to be the fourth largest illegal market in the world, after people, drugs, and weapons.

Malawi's elephant population is estimated to have halved from 4,000 in the 1980s to 2,000 in 2015.

Body of British soldier, 22, killed protecting elephants from poachers in Malawi is returned to the UK © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The mission to protect endangered African Elephants (file picture) was Mr Talbot's first foreign deployment for the Coldstream Guards 'My deepest condolences go to his parents, family and loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with them at this desperately sad time.’

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said Guardsman Talbot had served with great courage and professionalism and was carrying out vital work.

She said it was ‘a reminder of the danger our military faces as they protect some of the world’s most endangered species from those who seek to profit from the criminal slaughter of wildlife’.

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A young British soldier on an anti- poaching patrol was killed by one of the elephants he was trying to protect . They were in long grass on the lookout for poachers in Liwonde National Park when the elephant caught Mathew Talbot, 22 , was killed by an elephant in Liwonde National Park (Image

A British soldier has died while on anti- poaching work in Malawi , the Ministry of Defence said. Mathew Talbot, 22 , of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was understood to have been killed by an elephant while on wildlife patrol in Liwonde national park, on 5 May. There are more than 30 British

A Ministry of Defence spokesman praised Guardsman Talbot for having befriended locals in Malawi and starting to learn the language.

A fan of photography and Frank Sinatra, he was also said to be an avid reader of military history.

Body of British soldier, 22, killed protecting elephants from poachers in Malawi is returned to the UK © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Guardsman Mathew Talbot, of The 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, died on Sunday on his first operational deployment. Soldiers from the Coldstream Guards are pictured in Malawi in April His company commander, Major Richard Wright, said: ‘Guardsman Talbot bravely lost his life whilst ensuring that endangered species will be around for future generations to learn from and enjoy.’

Major Wright said the loss would be felt throughout the battalion, adding that he leaves behind his father Steven, mother Michelle, sisters Aimee and Isabel, and girlfriend Olivia.

Guardsman Talbot was described by colleagues in the ranks as a ‘proud Brummie’, who worked hard and was always laughing and cracking jokes.

His death is the first on a military operation since SAS soldier Sergeant Matt Tonroe was killed in action in Syria in April last year.

Operation Corded, the name given to the Army’s counter-poaching deployment in Malawi, assists in the training of rangers in a bid to help them crack down on the illegal wildlife trade.

They are taught skills such as tracking, partnered patrolling, communications, surveillance, and intelligence-sharing.

Body of British soldier, 22, killed protecting elephants from poachers in Malawi is returned to the UK © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prince Harry works in Malawi in 2016. He says of this picture: 'A few of us trying to 'tip an elephant'. This young male was fighting the sedative drug and was heading towards the trees, which would have made it very difficult for us to get him on the truck' The first deployment took place in August 2017. More than 30 British troops are based in Malawi.

Defence minister Tobias Ellwood said: ‘This may not have been a battlefield but it shows you that there’s danger inherent right across what our armed forces do.

‘It’s truly sad to learn of his untimely death and our thoughts and prayers are very much with his friends and family at this moment.

‘He was doing an important job and I know that’s something that he loved as well.’

British soldier killed by elephant brought back to UK.
A serving British soldier who was killed by an elephant while on anti-poaching operations in Malawi has been brought back to the UK. Guardsman Matthew Talbot, who was serving with 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, died in Malawi's Liwonde National Park on 5 May. The 22-year-old was part of the British Army's counter poaching team. It was his first operational deployment. A C17 aircraft carrying his body landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on Tuesday afternoon. © Getty Guardsman Talbot was killed in a counter poaching operation.

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