TA soldier killed in Afghanistan who had his sights set on the regular Army
The grieving parents of young volunteer soldier, Jack Sadler, who was killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan on 4 December, 2007, say their son was a "bright comet" who enjoyed a happy life and died too soon.
Jeannette MacDonald and Ian Sadler, the mother and father of Trooper Sadler, spoke of their devastation at their son's death, at a media event at Wyvern Army Barracks in Exeter on 17 December, 2007.
Trooper Sadler died in the field hospital at Camp Bastion, in Helmand Province, after the vehicle he was travelling in with two other soldiers hit a roadside bomb. He was 21 years old.
The popular soldier, a former Exeter School pupil who had recently moved to London, was serving with the London Honourable Company Territorial Army unit as part of the 4/73 Special Observation Battery, Brigade Reconnaissance Force.
Trooper Sadler this year graduated with a 2:1 degree in war studies at the University of London and then volunteered for deployment to Afghanistan.
His parents said Trooper Sadler, who was destined for officer training at Sandhurst, thrived on challenges.