Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2003, Lance Corporal Karl Shearer was killed in a road accident in Iraq.
He had been travelling in a Scimitar armoured vehicle when it overturned, killing him and injuring Lieutenant Alexander Tweedie, who died three weeks later as a result of his injuries. They had been on a mission to rescue another unit at the time – their vehicle slid down a bank and overturned, trapping Lance Corporal Shearer and Lieutenant Tweedie inside. The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death while on active service.
The Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Mark van der Lande OBE, issued a statement about Lance Corporal Shearer: “My sympathy and that of the whole Regiment goes out to his widow…at this difficult time…Karl was a popular and very able soldier whom I had recently promoted. He demonstrated the very best of what it is to be a soldier of the Household Cavalry and will be greatly missed. Both Karl and Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull, who was killed on 28 March, were brave, courageous men who died doing their duty serving their country under very difficult conditions. They and their comrades in D Squadron have been heavily involved on operations in Iraq showing outstanding courage, determination and professionalism to defeat the enemy. My thoughts and those of the whole Regiment are with the Squadron and their families.”
Karl, from Windsor in Berkshire, was 24 years old and married with a three-year-old daughter.