Royal Marines Afghanistan veteran named as victim of fatal motorcycle crash


AN AFGHANISTAN war hero has been named as the victim of a fatal motorcycle accident in Orkney.

Former Royal Marine Jon Csehi, 29 – who was the father of a five-month-old baby – was killed crashing into one of the island’s Churchill Barriers on Saturday night.

Family have paid emotional tributes to the “amazing” husband and colleague, who also counted rowing the Atlantic among his achievements.



Mr Csehi was commended for his actions during several postings overseas, including in Afghanistan.

He was rushed to Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall on Saturday following the horror crash on a causeway linking two of Orkney’s south islands.

Mr Csehi, who was working on a tidal energy project, later died as a result of his injuries.

The “devoted husband and father” of baby Emily was living and working in Orkney on a tidal energy project.

His devastated teacher wife Kim paid tribute to her “amazing” husband, who was awarded a number of commendations during his time as a Royal Marine.

Through his employers energy firm Mojo Maritime, the heartbroken new mum said: “tell the world what an amazing man he was and what an amazing husband and father he has been.”

Mr Csehi, a marine project engineer, excelled academically and physically since his school days.

As well as motorcycling, the sporty dad enjoyed surfing, as well as spending time with his family.

Richard Parkinson, managing director for Mojo Maritime, said the firm were “devastated” to lose Mr Csehi as a member of staff.

He said the company closed on Monday for the day as a mark of respect.

He said: “He excelled in everything he was tasked with and rapidly progressed to project manager. He was incredibly talented and we had huge plans for his future. Jon was a truly amazing person and will be deeply missed by all around him.”

Mr Csehi grew up in Cornwall and after college joined Royal Marine 42 Commando.

He was sent overseas a number of times, including to Afghanistan.

In 2007 he finished second in the pairs event at the Atlantic Rowing Challenge with his friend Nick Histon.

After leaving the Royal Marines Mr Csehi completed an honours degree in renewable energy at Exeter University.

Despite leaving the Royal Marines, Mr Csehi still had an active interest in supporting the troops, and joined a campaign group entitled “support the seven royal marines accused of murder.”

Simon Hindley, his childhood friend and work colleague, said: “Jon was a true friend, mischievous, great fun, kind and with a keen eye for adventure. He will be missed.”

School friend James Hutchings was among those to take to social media to pay tribute said “Jon was a good friend from school and such a nice guy.”