Tributes to soldiers shot by ‘rogue’ policeman

Author: By Laura May and Gareth Llewellyn, Press Association

Warrant Officer Class 1 Darren Chant, Sergeant Matthew Telford and Guardsman
Jimmy Major, of the Grenadier Guards, died alongside Acting Corporal Steven
Boote and Corporal Nicholas Webster-Smith, of the Royal Military Police.

Speaking at the family home, Guardsman Major’s father Adrian described his
grief over his son’s death.

“I’m just shell-shocked,” he said. “It’s his birthday next week
and we’d just sent shoeboxes out with his birthday things, his birthday cake
and everything.

“You always think it might happen but we only spoke to him on the Tuesday
night.”

Mr Major said that many of the tributes left in the garden of the family home
were from family members but some had been left by strangers who also had
relatives serving with the Armed Forces.

One card, which had been left with a single red rose, said: “You are a
true hero. God bless you. Love from a mother of a serving soldier in
Afghanistan.”

Friends of Cpl Webster-Smith, 24, and from Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire, west
Wales, left postings on his Facebook page expressing their shock and
disbelief.

A series of poignant messages between the soldier and his girlfriend Emma
Robinson before he died are still on the site.

WO1 Chant single-handedly carried a colleague to safety earlier this year
after his leg was blown of in a bomb attack, the Sun newspaper reported.

Grenadier Guardsman, Scott Blaney told the newspaper: “Drill sergeant Daz
Chant put me on his shoulders and ran more than a mile to the point where
the chopper had flown to evacuate me. I owe him everything.”

The soldier was reportedly on a shortlist of just three to become the Academy
Sergeant Major at Sandhurst military college.

Sergeant Matthew Telford, from Grimsby, leaves two young sons, aged four and
nine and his wife Kerry.

His family said that he had been in the war-torn country since September 20
and his job was training Afghan forces.

His uncle, William Ferrand, told the BBC: “It was his job and he
absolutely loved it. Everybody knows what a wonderful lad he was. It has
devastated all of us.”

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