Missing soldier: Royal Welsh Simon Daw's father in appeal

Simon Daw Simon Daw failed to return to his holiday flat in Venosc, France

Related Stories

The father of a 26-year-old Welsh soldier who has gone missing during a holiday in the French Alps says he is hoping for news of him.

Simon Daw, from Pontprennau, Cardiff, was on leave from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh and was staying at the ski resort Les Deux Alpes with friends.

A keen snowboarder, he was last seen on Wednesday.

His businessman father Vincent Daw, 59, said: "We are waiting for news, but we haven't heard anything yet."

Start Quote

It is a mystery at the moment, we are searching on foot and from the air”

End Quote Police spokesman

He went on: "The information about Simon is out there and we are just waiting for any update. All we can do is hope for the best."

Mr Daw, his wife Julie, 54, youngest son Joseph, 22, and daughter Kate, 18, have been waiting for news from their home.

The soldier, who studied at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic High School, is now based in Chester.

He is 5ft 9in (1.75m), slim and with short blond hair. He was last seen at a bar just after midnight on Wednesday, and that evening he had been wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, beige jeans and black trainers.

His two friends he was on holiday with had gone home but raised the alarm when Mr Daw failed to return to their rented flat in Venosc.

Simon Daw Simon Daw studied at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic High School in Cardiff

Police said Mr Daw and his friends had not been drinking heavily. Temperatures at night have reached -15 C [5F]

A police spokesman said: "It is a mystery at the moment. We are searching on foot and from the air. We are very concerned about his whereabouts.

"We understand that he had not consumed an excessive amount of alcohol that night.'

Army spokesman Gavin O'Connor said: "His family have been informed and we're offering them the support they need at this time."

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "Consular staff are in contact with French police who are conducting a search. We stand ready to provide consular assistance."

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh Regiment returned home in October last year from a six-month tour in Afghanistan, during which they lost two comrades.

The 80 soldiers were reunited with their families at Dale Barracks in Chester.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Wales stories


Features & Analysis

  • TricycleTreasure trove

    The lost property shop stuffed with diamonds, bikes... and a leg

  • Boris Nemtsov'I loved Nemtsov'

    A murder in an atmosphere of hatred and intolerance

  • Image of George from Tube CrushTube crush

    How London's male commuters set Chinese hearts racing

  • INDHUJA'Dorky tomboy'

    The Indian who attracted proposals through honesty

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Audi R8Best in show

    BBC Autos takes a look at 10 of the most eye-catching new cars at the 2015 Geneva motor show


  • Kinetic sculpture violinClick Watch

    The "kinetic sculpture" that can replicate digital files and play them on a violin

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.