Monday, 30 September 2013

Soldier, 20, hanged himself the day after comrade's funeral, whose Afghan killer he shot dead.

A young soldier hanged himself the day after the funeral of a fallen comrade whose killer he shot dead, an inquest heard yesterday.Ryan Ward, 20, had gunned down an Afghan policeman who had killed two of his colleagues in a 'shocking and horrible' ambush.He had later gone to pay his last respects to Sgt Gareth Thursby, 29, at his funeral in Skipton, just 24 hours before his own death, the hearing was told.Sgt Thursby died alongside Private Thomas Wroe, 18, manning a checkpoint in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province on September 15 last year. A rogue Afghan policeman pretended to be injured in the road so they would help him, but then opened fire on the pair. Kingsman Ward reacted swiftly and 'appropriately' by killing the Afghan police officer.It was one of a string of 'blue on green' incidents where police officers, supposedly loyal to the Afghan government, have instead turned their guns on British soldiers. Kingsman Ward, who served in Alma Company, 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, had gone to the funeral of Sgt Thursby on October 26.The next day he was found hanged by his mother at the family home in Kendal, Cumbria. Read More HERE  R.I.P.