Senior army officer’s pilgrimage to Wirral soldier’s grave
A REMEMBRANCE service in memory of a Wirral soldier who died in Afghanistan was held as one of the Army’s most senior officers paid a visit to his grave.
Corporal Steven Boote, 22, from Birkenhead, was a Territorial Army Royal Military Policeman and part of a team mentoring the Afghan National Police when he was killed at the checkpoint in 2009.
ŠThe Army’s Deputy Provost Marshal, Colonel Dudley Giles, visited the grave at Landican cemetery as part of a personal pilgrimage by bicycle to the graves and special places of remembrance of the 22 members of the RMP who have died on operations during his Army service.
Colonel Giles said he could remember the “disbelief and overwhelming sadness” when soldiers from his regiment were killed in 2003.
He added: “We are a very small, tight-knit, regimental family and these deaths, and all of the subsequent deaths which befell our military police men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, have hit us hard, particularly because, as policemen, we also have to investigate these deaths.”
The ride is primarily a pilgrimage but includes fund-raising activities for the RMP benevolent fund.