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Matthew Thornton

Matthew Thornton

(1983 – 2011)

  • I was so sad to hear of another hero passing away. Rest in peace soldier.
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Matthew Thornton

Matthew Thornton
(1983 – 2011)

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Matthew Thornton

(1983 – 2011)
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This is an online tribute dedicated to Private Matthew Thornton. Matthew Thornton, from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (4 YORKS), was tragically killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday 9th November 2011.
Private Matthew Adam Thornton was a Territorial Army soldier of 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment who deployed to Afghanistan with Support Company, 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment as an element of Combined Force Lashkar Gah (The Queen’s Royal Hussars Battle Group) in October 2011. He operated out of Check Point KHOORASHAN in the Babaji area at the northern tip of the Lashkar Gah District. On 9 November 2011, his and another multiple were patrolling to the north of Check Point LOY MANDEH in order
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to engage with the Afghan people and to develop a better understanding of their area. During the patrol his multiple was engaged by small arms fire and grenades. While he was manoeuvring and returning fire he was caught in the blast of an Improvised Explosive Device and tragically was killed.
Matthew Thornton was born in Barnsley on 3 November 1983. He was educated at Darton High School prior to joining Fontenay Company, East and West Riding Regiment on 5 Oct 2004, which subsequently became D Company, 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment on 6 June 2006. He left the Territorial Army in 2007, but re-enlisted into D Company in September 2009, eager to deploy to Afghanistan when the opportunity arose. It was with
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no surprise that he was one of the first to volunteer his services for deployment on Operation HERRICK 15. Away from military life he was employed as a factory worker for a Yorkshire-based company, Premdor, manufacturing door and window frames. He was also an avid snow boarder, a sport in which he was a qualified instructor.
Private Matthew Thornton quickly became very popular with those with whom he served in Support Company. During his short time with the Company he showed that he was a gifted, hard working and determined soldier, who epitomised the values and standards of the British Army. With an infectious smile and a keen sense of humour, he will be sorely missed by all who had the honour of serving
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with him.
He leaves behind his father, Michael, his mother, Susan, his sister, Sarah, and his brother, Nathan. The thoughts and prayers of all those in his Battalion and Combined Force Lashkar Gah are very much with them at this most difficult time.
Matthew's family paid the following tribute to him:
"Matthew was a dedicated soldier and passionate about the job. He loved what he was doing. He loved life and lived it to the full - in his work, in his role with the Territorial Army and in his leisure time.
"Matthew will be greatly missed by his family, his TA colleagues and his friends. His death leaves a huge hole in all our lives."
Matthew Thornton died a hero and this online memorial
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has been created to ensure that his sacrifice is never forgotten. May he rest in peace.
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On 18th Nov 2011
Wendy Mcdaid
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Rip Matthew I didn't know you but so proud of you xx
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Matthew Thornton

This is an online tribute dedicated to Private Matthew Thornton. Matthew Thornton, from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (4 YORKS), was tragically killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday 9th November 2011.
Private Matthew Adam Thornton was a Territorial Army soldier of 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment who deployed to Afghanistan with Support Company, 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment as an element of Combined Force Lashkar Gah (The Queen’s Royal Hussars Battle Group) in October 2011. He operated out of Check Point KHOORASHAN in the Babaji area at the northern tip of the Lashkar Gah District. On 9 November 2011, his and another multiple were patrolling to the north of Check Point LOY MANDEH in order...

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