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Pvt Matthew Adam Thornton
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Birth: Nov. 3, 1983
South Yorkshire, England
Death: Nov. 9, 2011
Helmand, Afghanistan

D Company
4th Battalion
The Yorkshire Regiment
British Army

He was deployed with the UK contingent of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Pte Thornton was killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Babaji, Helmand province. He was a Territorial Army (reserves) soldier serving with 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment as a part of Combined Force Lashkar Gah (The Queen's Royal Hussars Battle Group).

Aged 28, he was born in Barnsley and first joined the Territorial Army in 2004. He left the TA in 2007 but re-enlisted in September 2009, eager to deploy to Afghanistan if needed. 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 and was a qualified instructor in the sport. Described as a gifted, hard working and determined soldier, he always went that extra mile and out of his way to help others. Fun-loving and popular among his colleagues, he is remembered as a "genuinely nice bloke to have around and know".

Pte Thornton leaves behind his father Michael, his mother Susan, his sister Sarah, and his brother Nathan, along with other family and friends. His family said, "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."

Funeral with full military honours was held on November 29, 2011 at All Saints Church, Darton.

*Thank you to BWMP for the grave photo
All Saints Churchyard
Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley
South Yorkshire, England
Created by: Milou
Record added: Nov 10, 2011
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Pvt Matthew Adam Thornton
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Pvt Matthew Adam Thornton
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