Romford father of fallen Iraq soldier Kirk Redpath reacts to the Chilcot report

PUBLISHED: 06:55 08 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:13 08 July 2016

Colin Redpath holding memories of his son Kirk who was killed in Iraq

Colin Redpath holding memories of his son Kirk who was killed in Iraq


The father of a Romford soldier killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq described the Chilcot report as a “great victory” for the families of fallen servicemen.

Colin Redpath said his son Kirk was a “sitting duck”, left without the equipment which could have saved his life.

Following the release of the long-awaited report on Wednesday, Colin said: “We were very surprised.

“Most of the families thought it was going to be a whitewash.

“It’s clear there were shortcomings in the equipment provided.

“That rests with the MPs and the Ministry of Defence.”

In 2007, Colin’s son Lance Cpl Kirk Redpath died after a bomb exploded next to his Land Rover in Iraq.

The 22-year-old Irish Guard (1st Battalion) had been a soldier for three years.

Colin said: “We heard politicians saying it [the Iraq War] was the last resort, this report shows that wasn’t true.

“It’s not a nice feeling when you hear it didn’t have to happen.”

The devastated father said the Chilcot report paints a damning picture of former prime minister Tony Blair.

Colin said: “From what I have heard, I do think there are grounds for Tony Blair to be tried for war crimes.”

“If he thinks he has nothing to hide, then let’s see him in a court with lawyers.

“I think it’s going to happen – there are so many inconsistencies.

“It’s like he [Blair] is in denial.”

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