|Birth: ||Sep. 5, 1969|
Greater London, England
|Death: ||Nov. 3, 2009|
Regimental Sergeant Major
(Warrant Officer First Class)
The Grenadier Guards
He was deployed with the UK contingent of NATO forces in Afghanistan.
WO1 Chant and four other British soldiers died of gunshot wounds sustained in an attack in Shin Kalay, in the Nad e-Ali district, Helmand province. They had been working as mentors and living in a compound at an Afghan National Police (ANP) checkpoint for two weeks. Six British servicemen and two ANP officers were also injured. Initial reports indicate one Afghan policeman opened fire on the soldiers as they were sitting down to tea or resting after a patrol. The incident is under investigation.
Aged 40, from Walthamstow. "Daz" had been in the military since 1986 and previously served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Iraq. He had been a member of the elite Pathfinders Platoon, the Parachute Regiment's reconnaissance force before joining the Grenadier Guards. As a colour sergeant and the company sergeant major at Sandhurst, WO Chant was a major influence on a whole generation of junior and middle-ranking officers. As Regimental Sergeant Major of the oldest Guards regiment, his position was a great honour and the pinnacle of his career. On the day he was killed he was to be told that he had received a commission as an officer.
WO1 Chant is survived by his wife Nausheen; his three children from a previous marriage, Connor, Adam and Victoria and their mother Connie; his parents Elizabeth and John; brother Mark; other family and friends.
Military funeral will be held in the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, London on December 1, 2009.
The other soldiers killed in the line of duty:
Sgt Matthew Telford
Cpl Nicholas Webster-Smith
Cpl Steven Boote
Gdmn James Major
*Sincere thanks to wertypop for the grave marker photos and sponsorship of this memorial.
Plot: Military section
Created by: Milou
Record added: Nov 04, 2009
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