Sergeant Matthew Telford of the Grenadier Guards was killed in Afghanistan in November 2009. He’d been promoted to Sergeant just a few months earlier, in June ’09. Because of some obscure rule that says a serving soldier has to have been in rank for a year before his wife/children accrue pension benefits appropriate to his status, Sergeant Telford’s wife and children only get the pension equivalent to that of a Corporal.

Regardless of what you think of the war in Afghanistan, whether you think its right or wrong, whether you think that serving soldiers deserve all they get because they’re soldiers, surely most people must see that it is unfair to further punish a bereaved wife and children with such petty rules…. if you disagree with this disgrace, then please sign the petition here: Thank you.

[thanks to Inspector Gadget of the ‘Police Inspector Blog‘ for alerting me to this issue.]