Great British Bake Off star, Tom Hetherington’s brother was tragically killed during a mission in Afghanistan.

GBBO's Tom's twin brother killed in action in Afghanistan

The identical twin brother of gay GBBO contestant, Tom Hetherington was killed in action, serving the army in 2013. Robert Hetherington was killed when he was just 25 in Helmand province when a Taliban explosion hit the armoured vehicle he was travelling in.


Private Robert was just six weeks into his tour. A hidden explosive killed him, along with Corporal William Savage, 30 and Fusilier Samuel Flint, 21. The inquest into their deaths ruled that the soldiers had been unlawfully killed as they were not alerted to insurgent activity.

Since the death of his brother, Tom has started running marathons across the globe to raise money for the Royal British Legion and Poppy Scotland.

Brother has become the inspiration to work harder

According to the Daily Star, Tom, who lives in Edinburgh with his partner, said that his late twin inspired him to work harder, saying, “With every training session I can hear Robert pushing me to go a little faster, a little harder.


“Completing another marathon will be a testament to the strength I have gained from him and to show the strength he used and showed regularly.”

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Tom is currently taking part in the brand new series of Great British Bake Off, which moved to Channel 4 in 2017 after they bought the series for a reported £75 million.

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