Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Private Thomas Sephton, 1st Battalion, the Mercian Regiment, died in hospital in England of wounds sustained the previous day in Afghanistan.
He had been part of a patrol in the Hahr-e Saraj distriction of Helmand Province when he was grievously wounded in an IED explosion while clearing a route for his section. He was treated on-site and at Camp Bastion, then flown to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham – but could not be saved and the decision was made to turn off his life-support.
Dedicated, mature and capable, Private Sephton was due to attend a promotion course on his return home. He had joined the army eighteen months earlier and trained in the Falkland Islands and Kenya before serving in Afghanistan. A superior officer considered him one of the battalion’s finest soldiers, fearless, and selfless.
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Hadfield said of him: “He was a hardworking man, always ready to volunteer for additional work or responsibility in order to improve the lot of others. He is remembered by his friends as a man who never complained, who just got on with the job, however difficult or unpleasant it was. This is probably the reason that he was often to be found at the head of patrols, searching for IEDs that would threaten them. He was courageous and selfless to the last, placing himself in harm’s way to save others. Tom Sephton was not a particularly big man in terms of size, but he had a big heart, and was full of fun and energy. He punched above his weight in every way, whether militarily, in sporting activities or by just being a great friend and comrade. If any man lived the motto, ‘Stand Firm Strike Hard’, it was Tom Sephton”
Thomas, from Warrington, was 20 years old.