British soldier was killed when he was off duty in Kenya according to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.
Major Kevin McCool British soldier killed off duty in Kenya The BBC reports that Major Kevin McCool was on a motorcycle ride off base, when he got assaulted.
MoD officials have confirmed that the relatives of the soldier were informed, but stated that they would not divulge the details of what transpired.
Defense Secretary Grant Shapps led tributes to Maj McCool and described the death as an “tragic tragedy”.
He also said: “It’s clear from the praises from people familiar with him, the fact that Maj McCool was an exceptional person as well as a remarkable soldier who was loved and revered equally and who was a hero for his country.”
The MoD stated that Maj McCool died on 29 November.
He was commissioned by Sandhurst at the end of August in 2014 when he was based in Europe as well as in the Middle East, the Falklands and Africa.
“As in addition to a stunning operating record, the man passed several of the most difficult military training courses” The MoD declared in an tribute.
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The article added: “His fitness was legendary and he once beat the entire Battalion in a race of two miles and his endurance was legendary as well. His enthusiasm was infectious.
“He had a playful sparkle in his eyes, which made him a joy to be around. But his dedication to his profession and focus was evident to everyone who had the privilege to work with him.”
Maj McCool is described as an “big familial person” and his commander acknowledged Maj McCool, describing him as a person “of absolute honesty”.
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“I will never forget my last impression of him. He was during an operation; he was just getting off the ground, having spent a few hours sleeping in a span of weeks,” the officer said.
“We talked about the possibility of deploying another team to the furnace of operation that he just returned. He stopped me mid-sentence and gazed me in his sharp blue eyes and asked me to send him.
“A shining light has gone out across our troops. The man will always be remembered but will not be forgotten.”
The circumstances surrounding the attack remain undisclosed, as the MoD officials have chosen not to release any specific details. The incident serves as a somber reminder of the risks military personnel face, even when off duty and engaged in routine activities.
As the military community mourns the loss of Major Kevin McCool, the broader public reflects on the sacrifices made by servicemen and women in the line of duty. The investigation into the circumstances of his death is likely to continue, with authorities working to provide answers to both his family and the concerned public.
The officer who was his commander stated: “Kevin McCool’s eyes shone with the fervor of adventure and his focused determination.
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“He is a pilgrim in the best sense. Selfless, intelligent and proactive and selfless, he was at his peak and most joyful when serving others, and when faced with obstacles “in the arena”.
“Spotting opportunities, eager to be of service and to seek new challenges, pushing his boundaries and helping others. That is what we will remember about him. He was the very best of us.”
The MoD stated that Major McCool was an “mischievous sparkle in his eyes” which led to him being “tremendous enjoyable to spend time with”.
“Kevin excelled in a military setting. He performed at his peak when he was deployed, and at his most efficient when circumstances were most difficult,” a statement from the ministry stated.
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