In the spring of
2009, the 2nd Battalion The Rifles were deployed to Afghanistan. Halfway
through the battalion's tour, it lost nine soldiers, with dozens injured.
Rifleman Cyrus Thatcher, was 19 when he was killed by an explosion near
Gereshk on 2nd June 2009. This is the letter he wrote to be delivered to
his family if he died.
Hello its me, this is
gonna be hard for you to read but I write this knowing every time you
thinks shits got to much for you to handle (so don't cry on it MUM!!) you
can read this and hopefully it will help you all get through.
For a start SHIT I
got hit!! Now Iv got that out the way I can say the things Iv hopefully
made clear, or if I havent this should clear it all up for me. My hole
life you'v all been there for me through thick and thin bit like a wedding
through good and bad. Without you I believe I wouldn't have made it as far
as I have. I died doing what I was born to do I was happy and felt great
about myself although the army was sadly the ending of me it was also the
making of me so please don't feel any hate toward it. One thing I no I
never made clear to you all was I make jokes about my life starting in the
Army. That's wrong VERY wrong my life began a LONG time before that
(Obviously) but you get what I mean. All the times Iv tried to neglect the
family get angry when you try teach me right from wrong wot I mean to say
is I only realised that you were trying to help when I joined the army and
without YOUR help I would have never had the BALLS, the GRIT and the damn
right determination to crack on and do it. If I could have a wish in life
it would to be able to say Iv gone and done things many would never try to
do. And going to Afghan has fulfilled my dream ie my goal. Yes I am
young wich as a parent must brake
you heart but you must all somehow find the strength that I found to do
something no matter how big the challenge. As Im writing this letter I can
see you all crying and mornin my death but if I could have one wish in an
"after life" it would be to stop your crying and continueing
your dreams (as I did) because if I were watching only that would brake my
heart. So dry your tears and put on a brave face for the rest of your
friends and family who need you.
I want each and
everyone of you to forfill a dream and at the end of it look at what you
have done (completed) and feel the accomplishment and achievement I did
only then will you understand how I felt when I passed away.
[To his brothers:]
You are both amazing men and will continue to be throughout your lives you
both deserve to be happy and fofill all of your dreams.
Dad – my idol, my
friend, my best friend, my teacher, my coach, everything I ever succeeded
in my life I owe to you and maybe a little bit of me! You are a great man
and the perfect role model and the past two years of being in the army I
noticed that and me and you have been on the best level we have ever been.
I thank you for nothing because I no all you have given to me is not there
to be thanked for its there because you did it cause you love me and that
is my most proudest thing I could ever say.
Mum, where do I start
with you!! For a start your perfect, your smell, your hugs, the way your
life was dedicated to us boys and especially the way you cared each and
every step us boys took. I love you, you were the reason I made it as far
as I did you were the reason I was loved more than any child I no and that
made me feel special.
Your all such great
individuals and I hope somehow this letter will help you get through this
shit time!! Just remember do NOT mourn my death as hard as this will seem,
celebrate a great life that has had its ups and downs. I love you all more
than you would ever no and in your own individual ways helped me get
through it all. I wish you all the best with your dreams.
Remember chin up head
down. With love Cyrus xxxx