Poaching

Prince writes to soldier's family after elephant death

BBC Midlands Today

The Duke of Cambridge is writing to the family of a British soldier who was killed by an elephant during a counter-poaching operation in Malawi.

Mathew Talbot
MOD

Kensington Palace said Prince William wanted to pass on his condolences to the family of Mathew Talbot, 22, of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, who was from the West Midlands.

The patrol of armed British army soldiers and African Park Rangers was walking through tall grass - up to 7ft (2.1m) high - when they disturbed an unseen herd of elephants.

One of them charged at Gdsm Talbot. He died soon after from his injuries. No-one else on the patrol was hurt.

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