Triple amputee war hero quits Army after bullying claims

  • Corporal Tom Neathway lost both legs and an arm in Afghanistan
  • Soldier starred in BBC series wounded and carried London 2012 torch
  • Paratrooper claims a warrant officer harassed him

By Jonathan Petre

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A triple amputee war hero, whose fight to walk again was featured in a TV documentary, is to quit the Army after complaining that a senior colleague had bullied him.

Paratrooper Corporal Tom Neathway, who lost both legs and an arm in a booby trap bomb in Afghanistan, became a symbol of courage when he starred in the BBC series Wounded.

After teaching himself to use artificial limbs, he skydived, carried a torch for the 2012 Olympic Games and participated in the Dakar car rally.

Brave: Triple amputee Corporal Tom Neathway who featured in BBC documentary Wounded wants to quit the Army after complaining that a senior colleague bullied him

Brave: Triple amputee Corporal Tom Neathway who featured in BBC documentary Wounded wants to quit the Army after complaining that a senior colleague bullied him

But in October 2011, Cpl Neathway, whose bravery has been praised by Prince Charles, launched an official complaint that a warrant officer had harassed him over his work and told him: ‘You’re not much of a paratrooper anymore.’

Cpl Neathway’s complaints of harassment were partially upheld in a November ruling.

 

But, having been suspended from his job at Brize Norton while the lengthy investigation took place, he was told he could not return to his clerical position at the Parachute Training Support Unit.

One friend said he had now told the Army that he intends to quit. ‘He is very upset with the way he has been treated over this. He has been demoralised and it has affected his health.’

An Army spokesman said: ‘We do not comment on individual serving soldiers.’

Strong: Cpl Tom Neathway stands to receive a medal from the Prince of Wales at the Parachute Regiment's base in Colchester, Essex in 2008

Strong: Cpl Tom Neathway stands to receive a medal from the Prince of Wales at the Parachute Regiment's base in Colchester, Essex in 2008


 

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Disgusting.

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He should not quit his job, he should make them pay financially for what they have done DO NOT QUIT.

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I would suggest that the Warrent Office was not much at man mangement either.

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Hero, huge respect. Thank you Son.

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I have only one question .....is it worth it ?

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Ask the Warrant Officer when did he ever make an operational drop,probably never

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Unfortunately this is the way it is. Being retired military I feel for Mr. Tom, but the military is to destroy and break things, and if you don't have everything then one has to move on. It sucks, I know I have been where Mr. Tom is to a certain degree. Your broken and can't play anymore, despite the heroic efforts. Cpl Neathway has completed his service to his Country and now must put his dreams and efforts into whatever he loves. There is no doubt that Cpl Tom Neathway will be wildly successful at what ever he choses to do. The body might be broken but the spirit is as strong as ever. "Give em hell Tom."

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God I feel for this guy. This is the real advert for not joining the army. I suppose going into battle were all stand a chance is ok, but there are no battles, all that happens to you is that you get blown up by a remote controlled bomb, wow what a career. But you see it's the their decision to go looking for adventure and I seriously don't think that the word hero is used in the right context as to be a hero you have to do some thing heroic not just have all your limbs blown off waking down a road.

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Truth is if he cant walk he cant fught and hence he cannot be a soldier ... I know it is harsh but the army cannot afford to have black sheeps. combat is rough enough and you cant have diminished soldiers in there now can you... they should compensate him a bit though cant blame him for trying hard

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No doubt the next stage will be for ATOS and the DWP to find him " Fit for work " You dont think so ? I wouldnt bet a penny .

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