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Twin speaks out after family loss

By gail robinson, Town Reporter Friday 2nd May 2014
David Driver

THE twin brother of a Barnsley soldier who died after being critically injured in Afghanistan has spoken of his family's loss to share the pain of bereavement with others.

David Driver was the speaker when families from across the UK gathered to share the pain of bereavement through military service.

More than 200 families attended to act of remembrance in Leeds to remember loved ones. It was organised by the Bereaved Families Support Group, a network for families of the fallen in association with the military charity SSAFA.

David is chairman of the Bereaved Siblings Support Group, which forms part of wider Bereaved Families Support Group. His twin brother Captain Martin Driver died in 2010.

Martin, 31, from Crosby Street, Cudworth, was injured by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Musa Qala.

He died three weeks later at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at Selly Oak in Birmingham, with his parents John and Glenys, his brother David and his fiancee Johanna Selway at his bedside.

David, a consultant at Barnsley Hospital, said after the act of remembrance: "The effects of bereavement on family and friends lasts a lifetime.

"The support group meetings are vital as only those who have been through the terrible experience of losing a loved one can understand the effects of such a loss.

"The expectation can be for people to move on but that's far easier said than done."