Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grieving Mother Disowns the War; and No Respite for Brown in Letter Errors

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grieving Mother Disowns the War; and No Respite for Brown in Letter Errors

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Byline: Rosamond Hutt

THE mother of a soldier who died in Afghanistan earlier this week yesterday blamed the Government for his death insisting it's not "our war".

Joan Amer spoke after her son became the 99th British soldier to die in the conflict this year and the 236th since the mission began in 2001.

Acting Sergeant John Amer, 30, of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was killed in an explosion on Monday as he fought to save the life of an injured comrade.

"I just feel really angry at the moment and very, very unhappy with this Government," Mrs Amer, 54, said.

"We shouldn't be there. I don't think it's our war. It's got nothing to do with us. To me, they have had my son killed.

"And there will still be more to come, I dare say."

On Tuesday, the sergeant's widow, Sue, described her husband as "a hero who touched the hearts of everyone he met".

Sgt Amer, from Sunderland, also leaves a 13-year-old daughter, Lisa.

Earlier yesterday, Downing Street confirmed the Prime Minister has now written to all the families whose loved ones have been killed in action since he came to power.

Gordon Brown apologised and ordered a review yesterday after it emerged that relatives of Territorial Army Trooper Jack Sadler did not receive a letter of condolence in 2007 when he was killed by a landmine in Afghanistan.

Trooper Sadler's father, Ian, from Exmouth, Devon, said he only received his letter of condolence last month. "I have a letter apologising, not from the Prime Minister, but from Jeremy Heywood, who is his permanent secretary, apologising that an administrative mistake resulted in my not receiving a letter from the Prime Minister.

"It's not good, is it? Nearly two years later and the PM hasn't apologised, just his aide." He added: "It goes to show what this present administration thinks of our soldiers. …

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