Fathers Unite over Army Deaths

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Fathers Unite over Army Deaths


Two fathers from Wales, whose children died while serving in the Army, last night joined forces to call for the truth about their deaths. Des James from Llan- ymynech, on the Welsh border, and Reg Keys from Bala, met for the first time at a hotel.

And both said the way they have been treated by the Ministry of Defence is frighteningly similar.

They said Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has denied them 'the most basic need' - of understanding the truth about their children's deaths.

Mr James' daughter, Cheryl, 18, died from a bullet wound to her head while on guard duty at Deepcut Army Barracks in Surrey eight years ago, one of four young soldiers to die there.

Mr Keys' son Tom, 20, was the youngest of six Redcaps murdered in Iraq last year when they were attacked by 400 men.

In a joint statement last night, the two men said, 'No- one can possibly understand the grief of a parent who loses a child, unless they have the misfortune to experience that loss themselves.

'Adam Ingram, the Minister of Defence for the Armed Forces, and Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, do not understand. …

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