SAS: Who Dares Wins recruit Milo Mackin ‘spurred on by tragic death of war hero older brother’


SAS: Who Dares Wins finalist Milo Mackin has told how he wants to impress his “hero” older brother who was killed in action in Afghanistan.

Star recruit Milo, who has shone in the brutal Channel 4 show, says the memory of Royal Marine Travis has got him through the toughest endurance challenges.

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Milo Mackin has been a star recruit in the Channel 4 show SAS: Who Dares Wins[/caption]

Milo’s brother Travis was killed in an IED blast in Helmand, Afghanistan in 2009

In a heartbreaking revelation, the softly-spoken hardman, 25, told The Mirror: “When I was on my last legs and deprived of sleep, I remembered Travis and he was telling me not to quit and to hang on in there.”

“His death had a massive impact on me. I wanted to make Travis proud.”

Milo was just 15 when mum Debbie delivered the devastating news that his brother had been killed in an IED blast in Helmand in 2009 – at the age of just 22.

Just hours earlier, Milo – who popular Travis had nicknamed Squirt – had been on the phone to him.

I’d spoken to Travis on the phone, he was fine, and 12 hours later he was gone. It was surreal

Milo Mackinon the death of his brother

He said: “I remember that day like the back of my hand.

“Everything since then has been like one big blur.”

Milo added that mum Debie, now 57, “looked like a ghost” as she delivered the heart-wrenching news.

“She said: ‘It’s Travis. He’s not coming back.’ I thought it was some sort of sick joke, because it’s not something you want to believe.

“I’d spoken to Travis on the phone, he was fine, and 12 hours later he was gone. It was surreal.”


But Milo believes his punishing experience on the show has brought him closer to Travis.

He explained that even small things like wearing army fatigues had a personal impact on him.

Milo added: “If anything, I think losing my brother made me a better recruit, because it gave me a reason to be there.”

Milo is now about to buy a house in Plymouth with his girlfriend Maddison Nixon, 27.

Importantly, the show gave Milo his first experience at opening up about the impact the tragedy of Travis’ death had on him.

And he hopes that his story will encourage viewers get through tough times themselves by talking with pals and family.

SAS veteran Matthew “Ollie” Ollerton was so moved that he has agreed to join Milo and fellow recruit Mark Peart to climb Mont Blanc in July.

Mark, 32, also experienced tragedy when his wife killed herself just six months before filming began.

He and Milo shared their heartache – allowing them to become close on the show.

Milo said: “When I told them about Travis, I felt like a massive weight was lifted off my shoulders.

“It has definitely been a journey of self-discovery.”

  • The SAS: Who Dares Wins final is on Channel 4 at 9pm on Sunday.

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Milo has excelled in the show, saying that he thought of his older brother during the toughest times[/caption]

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Royal Marine Travis was a hero to his younger brother, who he called Squirt[/caption]

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Travis’ family, including Milo, third from right, at his funeral in 2009[/caption]

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A funeral cortege passes through Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire as Marine Travis Mackin, 22, from Plymouth, and two other fallen heroes are repatriated[/caption]

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The SAS: Who Dares Wins final is on Channel 4 at 9pm tomorrow[/caption]

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