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Students Do Army Stint In Memory Of Soldier

Thursday February 23 2012


Private Matthew Thornton Private Matthew Thornton


BARNSLEY College students did a three night stint with the British Army in memory of a local soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan.

Barnsley College Public Services students trained alongside Army soldiers and dedicated the exercise to Private Matthew Thornton who was killed in action, serving in Afghanistan in November 2011.

The students went to Beckingham Barracks in Lincolnshire for intensive fitness sessions, basic fighting skills, night exercises and the dreaded assault course.

Val Mills, director of Barnsley Sports Academy, said: “Matthew was a student on our Uniformed Services courses during the period 2000 to 2002. He is fondly remembered by the Uniformed Services staff as being a cheerful and dedicated student who put 110 per cent effort into his studies and was always willing to take part in anything that was on offer, especially the practical elements of the course.

“Matthew was a popular student with both staff and students. His dedication to his country and subsequent death had a major impact on our current students and, as a result, they dedicated their fund raising to the Army Benevolent Fund in memory of Private Matthew Thornton.”

The students raised £2,428 for the Army Benevolent Fund that supports soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of need or distress due to death, injury, illness or any other unforeseen circumstances.

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Reply Posted by Peter on Thursday February 23 2012 at 11:13
Well done

Reply Posted by Jeanette0059 on Thursday February 23 2012 at 12:39
Well done to all who took part .

Reply Posted by Sonicant28 on Thursday February 23 2012 at 13:27
Fantastic amount raised well done all involved

Reply Posted by Nicki on Thursday February 23 2012 at 14:04
My son and his girlfriend took part in this, such a good cause very proud of them xxxxxxx

Reply Posted by Ailujhemingway on Thursday February 23 2012 at 15:33
Well done guys, it's tough, I remember going in 1998 to Bootle with the army when I did my nat dip in uniformed services there! I thought those 5am runs were going to be the end of me and the assault course....... Don't even go there, less than useless I was! Never did go into the armed forces, I am now a dual qualified nurse and health visitor. (still a uniformed/public service though)

Reply Posted by Susan Thornton on Friday March 2 2012 at 13:12
Well done to you all from the parents and family of Private Matthew Thornton, we were all touched that you dedicated this to our son. It means a lot to us that he is still being remembered and his memory lives on through  people like you who want to do things like this.