December 9 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
A retired British Army colonel has been shot and killed during a robbery while he was visiting his family in Kenya.
Colonel Edward Loden, who received the Military Cross for his actions during the Aden Emergency in 1967, was attacked on Saturday night at the home of his son Jamie Loden, in the capital Nairobi.
Jamie, who is believed to have lived in Great Cornard, near Sudbury, before moving abroad, was a Parachute Regiment officer stationed at Colchester Garrison until 2010, when he left the Armed Forces to pursue a career in banking.
He moved to Kenya the same year to work for Barclays Africa as a director, where he lives in a gated compound in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. His father was also commissioned into the Parachute Regiment in 1959 and he served on operations around the world. He retired from the Army in 1992 and followed a career in business management before retiring in 1999 to pursue his passion for sailing.
In a statement, his family said: “A retired British Army colonel, Edward Loden, was shot and killed during a robbery at his son’s home in Langata, Nairobi, shortly after returning from dinner on Saturday evening, whilst he was on holiday visiting his son and family. Nobody else was injured in the attack which took place when a group of armed men forced their way into the compound.”
The statement added: “Edward, married to Jill, father of Jamie and Will, was a devoted family man and proud grandfather of Oliver, Amelia, Joshua, Harry and Emily.
“Jill and her sons would like to say thank you to all the overwhelming messages of love and support from wider friends and family, and request that the family be given time to come to terms with this brutal tragedy.”
Jamie is believed to have been driving the vehicle when the gunmen struck. His brother Will has flown to Kenya to be with his family.