Brit ex-soldier killed on front line in Ukraine hailed as a ‘hero’
Jordan Gatley, who left the British Army in March, has been hailed as “truly a hero” after he was killed in the city of Severodonetsk.
Heartbroken Dean Gatley, from Derbyshire, said Jordan went to Ukraine after “careful consideration” after Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin sent his troops in. Dean shared an emotional tribute from the family on Facebook to confirm the tragic news.
He wrote: “I didn’t think that Id ever use social media in this way but Sally, Adam and I would like to share some family news with all our friends, but there are just too many people to contact.
“Yesterday (10/06/22) we received the devastating news that our son, Jordan, has been shot and killed in the city of Severodonetsk, Ukraine.
“Jordan left the British Army in March this year to continue his career as a soldier in other areas. The war against Europe had begun so, after careful consideration, he went to the Ukraine to help.”
Dean said the family has received “several messages” from his team praising his “wealth of knowledge, his skills as a soldier and his love of his job”.
He added: “His team say they all loved him, as did we, and he made a massive difference to many people’s lives, not only soldiering, but also by training the Ukrainian forces.
“Jordan and his team were so proud of the work they were doing and he often told me that the missions they were going on were dangerous, but necessary.
“He loved his job and we are so proud of him. He truly was a hero and will forever be in our hearts.”