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  • Christina Drummond

Private Matthew Haseldin, 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2011, Private Matthew Haseldin from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, was killed in the Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province. While deployed from their operating base to clear and secure areas along Route 611, the patrol came under attack from sustained small arms fire and underslung grenades during which Private Haseldin was fatally wounded. He had only joined the army in February of that year, deploying to Afghanistan in September. He is remembered as an exceptionally likeable young man, with sharp wit and boundless enthusiasm; a young man who quickly earned respect for his great courage and high standards. His C.O. said of him: "Although Private Matthew Haseldin had only served a short time with C Company Group, he stood out as a young man of immense character, who was mature beyond his years. Hugely popular, it was impossible to tell that he was the newest member of 7 Platoon; all of whom loved him like a brother. Steadfast in battle, Matthew faced more challenges in the few short weeks he spent in Helmand than many soldiers experience in a lifetime. He died standing firm in the face of a determined enemy, in the highest traditions of The Mercian Regiment. Stand easy comrade, your duty is done. Your sacrifice will not be in vain and our success will be your legacy. We will never forget you." Matthew, from Settle in Yorkshire, was 21 years old.

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