‘Exceptional’ officer dies whereas off-duty throughout motorcycle journey
- Major Kevin McCool, 32, died on 29 November whereas off-duty in Kenya
An ‘distinctive’ British soldier has been ‘killed’ in Kenya whereas off-duty on a motorcycle journey, the Ministry of Defence has mentioned.
Major Kevin McCool, 32, died on 29 November after allegedly being attacked off-base on a visit.
The soldier, who attended Sandhurst, had served in Europe, the Middle East, the Falklands and Africa, the MoD mentioned.
He leaves behind his mom and father, Joseph and Joan, his brothers, Fergal and Brendan, his sisters, May, Alice and Margaret.
Major Kevin McCool, 32, died on 29 November after allegedly being attacked off-base on a visit. Pic: MoD
Defence Secretary Grant Shapps paid tribute to the soldier.
He mentioned: ‘It’s clear from the tributes of those that knew him that Major McCool was an distinctive individual and an distinctive soldier, cherished and revered in equal measure, who served his nation with distinction.
‘My ideas and sympathies are together with his household, buddies, and colleagues presently coming to phrases with this most tragic loss.’
Maj McCool’s Commanding Officer mentioned: ‘Kevin McCool was dwelling his finest life, doing a job he cherished, with folks he cherished.
‘A person of the utmost integrity, he was fearless and oozed ethical braveness. I’ll always remember my last reminiscence of him, which was on operations; he had simply come off the bottom having slept a handful of hours in as many days.
‘We mentioned the potential for having to deploy one other workforce into the operational furnace from which he had simply come. He stopped me mid-sentence, mounted me together with his piercing blue eyes, and easily mentioned, “send me”.
‘A vibrant mild has gone out amongst our ranks. He shall be missed, however by no means forgotten.’
MoD officers confirmed the soldier’s subsequent of kin have been knowledgeable, however mentioned it could not be releasing any particulars of what occurred.