Elephant kills British soldier on anti-poaching duty in Malawi

May 7, 2019
| Report Focus News

A British soldier has been killed by an elephant while on anti-poaching operations in Malawi.

Mathew Talbot, 22, of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was on a patrol on 5 May when he was killed by an elephant.

His commanding officer, Lt Col Ed Launders, described Guardsman Talbot as “determined and big-hearted”.

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said he served with “great courage and professionalism” and was carrying out “vital” counter-poaching work.

She added: “This tragic incident is a reminder of the danger our military faces as they protect some of the world’s most endangered species from those who seek to profit from the criminal slaughter of wildlife.”

About 30 British soldiers are in the southern African country to help train rangers tasked with protecting endangered wildlife.

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said Talbot’s death “is a reminder of the danger our military faces as they protect some of the world’s most endangered species from those who seek to profit from the criminal slaughter of wildlife.”