Ex-soldier who served with William and Harry dies of coronavirus

Ex-soldier, 36, who served with Princes William and Harry dies of coronavirus after writing that he ‘can’t stay home’ because he is a lorry driver

  • Ryan Cartwright, 36, was formerly part of the Blues and Royals cavalry regiment 
  • He served in the regiment at the same time as Princes William and Harry did
  • Mr Cartwright, working as a lorry driver, passed away from the coronavirus 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A soldier who served in the same regiment as ­Princes William and Harry has died of coronavirus. 

Ryan Cartwright, 36, who saw active service in a peacekeeping role in Bosnia, was working as a lorry driver when he fell ill with the virus. 

Mr Cartwright is not believed to had any underlying health conditions and leaves behind a daughter with partner Amy Potts.

He is thought to have been planning on rejoining the army, having spent four years in the Blues and Royals cavalry regiment.

On his Facebook page, shortly before his death, Mr Cartwright wrote: ‘I can’t stay home, I’m a trucker.’ 

Ryan Cartwright, 36, served in the Blues and Royals cavalry regiment at the same time as Princes Harry and William

He served in Bosnia from 2002, before Harry and William joined the Blues and Royals in 2006. 

Mr Cartwright and his comrades disrupted smuggling into and out of the Northern Area of Responsibility in Republika Srpska. 

A former squaddie who knew Mr Cartwright told the Sun: ‘He was a great guy and very brave. He was a loyal, but quiet man.’

Another said: ‘He was one in a million and the best driver I had in the Army. Always kept me safe. God only picks the best that’s why he chose Ryan.’ 

As of 2018, Mr Cartwright was working for a Gloucestershire haulage firm called Downton Delivers.

It is not known if that was the firm he was working for when he was diagnosed with coronavirus. 

Mr Cartwright served in the regiment for four years and was deployed to Bosnia in 2002, before Harry and William joined the Blues and Royals in 2006

His mother-in-law Shirley, from Merseyside, wrote online: ‘My youngest daughter, my Amy, tragically lost her partner, Ryan, today to Covid-19.

‘It is not just a virus impacting the elderly. Keep safe and stay well . . . and please pray that, in time, God will heal Amy’s broken heart x.’

Mr Cartwright’s former comrades paid tribute to him on social media. 

Steven Wharton wrote: ‘Anyone left from 6 platoon, this is hard to say and with a heavy heart, but today Covid-19 has sadly taken Ryan Cartwright from us.

‘We have always stayed in touch and met up a few times. We were even meant to be joining back up together. I’m going to miss you brother and I’ll do you proud, RIP.’

Sam Hopes added: ‘He only messaged me a few months ago telling me he was getting back in. I’m shocked. RIP Ryan.’

Elton George, who also served with Mr Cartwright, wrote: ‘Rest easy soldier.’ 

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