Lance Corporal Karl Shearer was killed in an armoured vehicle accident in Iraq on 1 April 2003.
The Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Mark van der Lande OBE, issued the following statement:
"For the second time in less than a week, the Household Cavalry Regiment grieves a lost soldier. Lance Corporal Karl Shearer died on operations in Iraq on Monday 1 April and another soldier remains very seriously injured. My sympathy and that of the whole Regiment goes out to his widow, Suzie, to their daughter and their families at this difficult time and to the family of the injured man. Karl was a popular and very able soldier whom I had recently promoted. He demonstrated the very best of what it is to be a soldier of the Household Cavalry and will be greatly missed.
"Both Karl and Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull, who was killed on 28 March, were brave, courageous men who died doing their duty serving their country under very difficult conditions. They and their comrades in D Squadron have been heavily involved on operations in Iraq showing outstanding courage, determination and professionalism to defeat the enemy. My thoughts and those of the whole Regiment are with the Squadron and their families.
"In the meantime, I ask that the Regiment and our families be left to grieve our losses in peace".
Karl's widow, Suzie, said:
"Karl was a very loving, supportive husband and father. He was a wonderful son and brother. He was loved very much and will be missed terribly".
Mrs Caroline Blackwell:
"Karl was my best friend and he was supposed to be Godfather to both of my sons. I loved him dearly and miss him terribly and he will forever be in my thoughts. I think about Karl every day and know that i will see him again one day".