Tribute to Jack Sadler

13-12-2007: TRIBUTES have poured in for the son of an Exmouth businessman who was killed while on duty in Afghanistan. Trooper Jack Sadler, 21, died when the vehicle he was travelling in was hit by a roadside bomb in Southern Afghanistan s Helmand Province

13-12-2007: TRIBUTES have poured in for the son of an Exmouth businessman who was killed while on duty in Afghanistan.

Trooper Jack Sadler, 21, died when the vehicle he was travelling in was hit by a roadside bomb in Southern Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

Former Exeter School pupil Jack was the son of Ian Sadler, owner of Exeter Road army surplus store Troopers, and Jeanette MacDonald, from Clyst St George.

His mother said Jack had longed for an Army career. She said her 'brilliant' son was a 'golden boy' who was loved by so many people.


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She said the family were touched by the number of tributes pouring in for Jack.

"He lived his life like a comet. It's been extinguished and it's very sad.

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"It's a tragedy but he had a great life. A short great life because he did what he wanted to do," she said.

"We've been inundated with love. But love only comes from love. He gave a lot of love."

She added that the whole family, including Jack's half-brother and half-sister, James and Johanna, and five nephews and nieces were devastated.

Trooper Sadler also leaves behind his girlfriend Pippa Chalklin.

"He was very much in love with her and she loved him very much," said Jack's mother.

Messages of support and sorrow have poured in from across East Devon and beyond.

Trooper Sadler's commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Alastair Caie said: "His decision to volunteer for mobilised service at such an early stage in his career was typical of his commitment to the regiment and reserve forces."

His troop commander, Captain Jim McCaffery added: "He was always keen to be in the thick of the action and would not countenance being left behind.

"His dry wit and resilient character will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time."

Close friend and Warrant Officer 2nd Class Dave Lakin said: "Jack loved the Army and often spoke of pursuing a full-time career in the military as an officer and relished the life experience to be gained on this tour.

"As a friend, Jack was loyal, kind and considerate, always judging people on merit alone and standing true to his convictions. His wry laughter and sardonic grin will be missed by many."

Exeter School headmaster Bob Griffin said Jack was 'outstanding', and a leading light in the school's cadet force.

Tributes and thoughts have also been paid through a page set up on internet networking site Facebook.

Long-term friend James Fisher said: "I am proud to have called you my friend."

Jamie Murrell, who had known Jack for 18 years, said: "You always said you were going to be in the Army and you lived your dream."

Others paid tribute to Trooper Sadler's intelligence, friendliness and dedication.

Trooper Sadler was a part-time soldier in London's Honourable Artillery Company TA unit and was destined to become an officer at Sandhurst.

He volunteered for deployment to Afghanistan after finishing a degree in war studies at the University of London.

His body was brought back to the UK yesterday and a full military funeral will be held at Exeter Cathedral at 11.30am on Wednesday, December 19, where all are welcome to pay their respects.

Exmouth Town Council held a minute's silence for Trooper Sadler on Monday and will write a letter of condolence to his family.

READERS' TRIBUTES:

Dear Jeanette, I was really shocked and saddened by what I saw in the local news yesterday. As a mother myself, I can only imagine what you must be going through right now. It's always difficult to find the right words on occasions like this, but I just wanted you to know that you are very much in my thoughts at this time. With love and warm wishes

Mary Smith

Librarian for Nursing, Mental & Allied Health

Wonford House Hospital

Dryden Road

Exeter EX2 5AF

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