THE family of a soldier who killed himself after serving in Iraq say he was failed by the Army which offered him no psychological help when he returned home. Private Andrew Watson saw his friends blown up and described having to carry dead babies out of bombed buildings during his five years in the war-torn country. The 25-year- old from Walworth, began suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and last Friday took his own life by jumping off the block of flats where he lived. Today his mother said the Ministry of Defence gave him no support when he was struggling to cope. Glynis Watson, also from Walworth, said: To me, he was dead when he came back from Iraq. He saw some terrible things and three things in particular really affected him. He went on patrol one day with two friends when they were blown up by a landmine in front of him. He had to move their bodies. Once he was on home leave, the guy who was replacing him was blown up. And he described having to carry dead babies out of bombed buildings -- thats what soldiers do -- but it really changed him. The 53-year-old, who has three other children, added: Once his friends started dying he wanted out desperately, but he had to serve for a year before he could leave. That was the worst year of his life. We were desperately trying to get him the help he needed. I remember him crying in my arms and saying, I know Im really, really ill. He was a great son until he got ill. I just wanted to mend his broken heart but I couldnt do it. BRITAIN is failing in its obligations to soldiers wounded in the Afghan war, according to Sir John Major. The former prime minister has criticised deficiencies in the compensation scheme for injured servicemen and women. Britain, despite her problems, is still one of the richest countries in the world, he said. If we cannot afford to care for our wounded with generosity, then we should not expose them to risk. Sir John is concerned the system does not properly compensate troops who suffer life-long injuries, particularly mental conditions. The maximum payout for a physical injury is 570,000 compared with 48,875 for mental issues. He writes in the Daily Telegraph today: Of course they joined the Armed Forces knowing the risks they faced, but we, as a nation, have our own obligations. I do not believe they are being fully met. Defence minister Kevan Jones said the system was being reviewed. 14 Friday, 24 July 2009 London Lite Tragedy of suicide soldier who never got over Iraq war Ex-PM:Weare failingtroops hurtinbattle by mark blundenTraumatised: Private Andrew Watson jumped to his death from his block of flats Jokebox......... Its outrageous -- they dont want to be proper students like us at all -- they come here to work! Fast talkaninstant interviewwith... RichaRdhammond The 39-year-old Top Gear star lives in herefordshire with wife Mindy and their two daughters. he also presents Total Wipeout on Saturdays, on BBC1 Tube or Taxi? Bicycle. Every time. It takes half the time to get where youre going and you can eat a pie when you get there and not worry about it. Chelsea tractor or eco-car? Bicycle! See above. But also, living in the country, I use a Range Rover because we need it. Why city folk think they need the most capable off-roader to mount the kerb, Ill never know. Car or motorbike? Tough one. Ive ridden bikes for 25 years but now every city boy commutes on a BMW. I still love to ride, but it is in danger of becoming horribly mainstream. Ill go bikes. No, cars. No. Cant decide. Country or city? Id love to be an urbane city slicker, but I panic in nightclubs and restaurants are wasted on me. Im happiest in woodlands. Conventional doctors or alternative medicine? I never believed in anything other than a man with a Gladstone bag. Couch potato or fitness fanatic? Im no fitness fanatic, but I love to run and cycle -- as much for the good it does my mind as my body. Wine or beer? Wine, probably, but Im far from a connoisseur. Its the company that makes drinking worthwhile. Oasis or Blur? Blur, with singer Damon Albarn (pictured). All the way. Rachel coRcoRan index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html