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Sergeant Thursby 'deeply respected' for strength and compassion

Lieutenant Colonel Zachary Stenning MBE, the commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington’s), said of Sergeant Gareth Thursby:

His nickname ‘Bull’ epitomised everything; he was strong, confident and unbelievably robust.

He was admired and deeply respected by his soldiers and peers for his soldiering skills, physical strength and forthright honesty...

However, against the hard exterior there was a caring and most compassionate leader.

I heard just a few weeks ago that he had told his Platoon to call him ‘Dad’ during the tour.

That is how he saw himself; a father figure for 30 men and women involved in gruelling operations in Helmand.

– Lieutenant Colonel Zachary Stenning MBE