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A BRITISH soldier shot dead by a Taliban sniper was last night named as Sgt Jonathan Mathews.

The 35-year-old was on a foot patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand province with the 4th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland The Royal Regiment of Scotland is the senior and only Scottish line infantry regiment of the British Army Infantry. It consists of five regular and two territorial battalions, each formerly an individual regiment (with the exception of the first battalion, which is an amalgamation  when he was hit by a single shot on Monday.

In a statement, his family said: "We will miss him, but it gives us great comfort knowing he died doing what he trained to do - he would not have had it any other way." Sgt Mathews leaves behind him wife Shona, daughter Meghan and stepson step·son  
n.
A spouse's son by a previous union.


stepson
Noun

a son of one's husband or wife by an earlier relationship

Noun 1.
 William.

Meanwhile, three SAS (1) (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, www.sas.com) A software company that specializes in data warehousing and decision support software based on the SAS System. Founded in 1976, SAS is one of the world's largest privately held software companies. See SAS System.  soldiers killed in Iraq were named - the first time the unit's secrecy rules have been overturned. Sgt John Battersby, 31, and Trooper Lee Fitzsimmons, 26, died in a chopper crash last year. Nicholas Brown, 34, died in a firefight fire·fight  
n.
An exchange of gunfire, as between infantry units.
 in Iraq on March 26.

He died doing what he was trained to do. He wouldn't have it any other way

SGT MATHEWS' FAMILY YESTERDAY
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 30, 2008
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