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Posted on Friday 11th November

Two days ago, Territorial Army Private, Matthew Adam Thornton of the 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment was killed in action by an improvised explosive device whilst on patrol in the Babaji province of Helmand. He turned 28 on 3 November.

Private Thornton, from Barnsley, deployed to Afghanistan with Support Company 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment as part of Combined Force Lashkar Gah. He was one of the first to volunteer his services for deployment on Operation Herrick 15.

On 9 November, he was part of a patrol to the north of Check Point Loy Mandeh, during which his multiple was engaged by small arms fire and grenades. He was caught in the blast of an IED whilst returning fire and tragically killed.

His death marks the 385th UK personnel to be killed in Afghanistan since the start of the conflict in 2001.

The Barnsley Chronicle paid tribute to Matthew on this most poignant of days.

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