London, Jul 26: The sister of a British soldier who was killed in Afghanistan, sold his medals and uniform so she could buy clothes to go on a Mediterranean cruise.
His 37-year-old sister-Elaine, inherited his four war medals, his uniform and an inscribed memorial shell casing. But a year later, she sold the entire lot on EBay for 1,100 pounds.
EBay trader John Langley, who travelled to her house to buy the items, was so shocked to be offered the mementoes that he tracked down the dead soldier"s fiancee and gave her the medals for free.
“I still can"t believe a mother and sister could part so easily with the medals of their dead son and brother," Langley said.
But also Langley said, “Elaine and her mother showed no emotion when they offered them to me, her mum even said to Elaine, there you go, you can use that for your holiday now."
Royal Marine Rob Deering, 33, was killed in Helmand province in Afghanistan in Dec 2008, when he stepped on a booby trap while trying to help injured comrades.