British soldier killed by elephant on counter poaching mission

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A British soldier has died during counter poaching operations in Malawi.

Guardsman Mathew Talbot of 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards was killed by an elephant on 5 May.

Malawi was Gdsm Talbot's first operational deployment where he was working as a Counter Poaching Operator.

Last year, the UK to expanded its deployments in the African country Nkhotakota and Majete Wildlife Reserves after a pilot scheme in Liwonde National Park.

Prior to serving with 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, Gdsm Talbot was posted to Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards in London conducting ceremonial duties.

He had also completed overseas training during an exercise in Kenya.

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