From the Daily Mail in Britain:
Mother of Scottish soldier killed in Iraq urges Brown to pull out troops
Last updated at 12:51pm on 29th June 2007
Her son Jamie Kerr was one of three British soldiers killed by a roadside bomb in Basra this week.
In a message on her Bebo webpage, Pte Kerr’s mother, Paulene Ward, wrote: “How many more families must go through this pain? It’s not funny – bring our boys home safe and sound asap.” She said Mr Brown had phoned her to offer his condolences.
But she continued: “I can’t even begin to explain the pain I’m feeling right now. My heart is breaking, I feel no pain, just numbness. I see no light at the end of the tunnel.
“My son, my action man, has been taken from me. I can’t believe I will never see or hear from him ever again. I feel empty, sad and bitter. I keep asking myself, why him?
“God only takes the good ones, so I’ve been told, but this does not help to ease my pain and grief. All who knew him will cry a silent tear. His smile lit up every room he entered. My cheeky rogue, everyone loved him, you will be sorely missed.”
Pte Kerr had phoned his mother hours before his death saying he wanted to come home. His father John Paul Ward told the Daily Record newspaper: “Jamie said being out there was not what he thought it would be. He didn’t want to be there. He was more scared than anything else. I think being out there was a reality check.”
The deaths bring to 156 the number of British military fatalities since hostilities in Iraq began.
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