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Battle widow Christina Schmid – who obtained the George Cross after her hero soldier husband ‘Oz’ was blown up whereas defusing a Taliban bomb in Afghanistan – is charged with assaulting the property developer she discovered love with after he died

Battle widow Christina Schmid – who obtained the George Cross after her hero soldier husband ‘Oz’ was blown up whereas defusing a Taliban bomb in Afghanistan – is charged with assaulting the property developer she discovered love with after he died


A conflict widow whose military husband died whereas defusing a Taliban bomb in Afghanistan has been charged with assaulting her second husband, MailOnline can reveal.

Christina Schmid 49, will seem in court docket subsequent month charged with two counts of assault by beating.

Schmid grew to become a poster girl for these bereaved by service personnel after her husband Workers Sergeant Olaf ‘Oz’ Schmid died throughout his remaining day of responsibility within the war-torn nation on October 31 2009.

Within the years following his loss of life the mother-of-two campaigned for higher pensions for conflict widows, larger salaries for these within the armed forces and known as on politicians to ‘combat as onerous as Olaf did’ for peace.

Her tireless work on the problems led her to fulfill with then Prime Minister David Cameron and numerous members of the royal household – together with the late Queen at a personal ceremony the place she obtained the George Cross on behalf of her husband who disabled dozens of roadside bombs.

In 2012, Schmid introduced she had discovered love as soon as once more with one other serving member of the Armed Forces known as Mark Clarke, telling the world she had ‘Ozs blessing’. The couple, who determined to not marry, welcomed their daughter Isabelle in 2014.

Christina Schmid, pictured here in 2010 collecting the George Cross at Buckingham Palace on behalf of her late husband Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid, has been charged with assault

Christina Schmid, pictured right here in 2010 amassing the George Cross at Buckingham Palace on behalf of her late husband Workers Sergeant Olaf Schmid, has been charged with assault

Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid (pictured), affectionately known as 'Oz' to his colleagues, died trying to defuse a Taliban roadside bomb in Afghanistan on October 31, 2009

Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid (pictured), affectionately known as 'Oz' to his colleagues, died trying to defuse a Taliban roadside bomb in Afghanistan on October 31, 2009

Workers Sergeant Olaf Schmid (pictured), affectionately generally known as ‘Oz’ to his colleagues, died making an attempt to defuse a Taliban roadside bomb in Afghanistan on October 31, 2009

Schmid and Olaf are pictured on board HMS Victory in Portsmouth. Her husband was killed aged 30 on his final day of duty in Afghanistan before he was due to fly home

Schmid and Olaf are pictured on board HMS Victory in Portsmouth. Her husband was killed aged 30 on his final day of duty in Afghanistan before he was due to fly home

Schmid and Olaf are pictured on board HMS Victory in Portsmouth. Her husband was killed aged 30 on his remaining day of responsibility in Afghanistan earlier than he was on account of fly dwelling 

in 2020 Schmid married her second husband, property developer Adam Plumb, 41, (pictured together). They settled in Ivybridge in Devon. Schmid is now accused of assaulting him

in 2020 Schmid married her second husband, property developer Adam Plumb, 41, (pictured together). They settled in Ivybridge in Devon. Schmid is now accused of assaulting him

in 2020 Schmid married her second husband, property developer Adam Plumb, 41, (pictured collectively). They settled in Ivybridge in Devon. Schmid is now accused of assaulting him

The pair had posed for a lavish photoshoot with Whats up! journal to announce their relationship and have been later pictured beaming with their new child daughter.

Their relationship, nonetheless, broke down, with the couple selecting to go their separate methods in June 2019. 

Simply over a 12 months later Schmid married her second husband, property developer Adam Plumb, 41, a divorced father-of-one in an intimate ceremony at Bovey Citadel, Devon.

In 2021 they purchased an attractive eight-bedroom indifferent property within the genteel village of Ivybridge, Devon, set in 5.2 acres for £1.3 million.

However a supply instructed MailOnline that the connection broke down in the direction of the tip of final 12 months and the estranged couple are actually mentioned to be within the means of divorcing. 

And on April 11, she is because of seem in Newton Abbot Magistrates Courtroom in Devon on two counts of assault by beating – with one among her alleged victims believed to be  her estranged husband, Mr Plumb.

Blonde-haired Schmid shot to fame following the tragic loss of life of her husband. He had been on account of fly dwelling the day earlier than he died defusing a roadside bomb.

Olaf, 30, had neutralised 64 gadgets throughout his five-month tour and was posthumously awarded the George Cross for his service.

She instructed how the couple had met when she was 17 and Olaf was 13 whereas she was holidaying in Cornwall when he lived in Mylor.

The pair stored in contact through the years and later met up when she was 4 months pregnant together with her former boyfriend’s child – later named Laird.

The couple married in 2007 and deliberate to depart Winchester to maneuver again to Cornwall, the place the Sergeant’s household have been nonetheless dwelling.

He was honoured with a full army funeral at Truro Cathedral at which commanding officers known as him ‘a soldier of the very highest calibre’.

Talking after her husband’s loss of life, Schmid mentioned: ‘The politicians needed to play with the large boys [the Americans] however we aren’t one of many huge boys any extra. We did not have the sources or the cash. They did not suppose it by.’

Olaf had instructed Schmid that he feared for his life within the months main as much as his loss of life – writing in letters and telling her on cellphone calls of his desperation to come back dwelling.

In a single letter he wrote: ‘I’m pushing to come back again bang on six months, nobody on this job ought to do extra, as we preserve getting reminded.

‘Staying alive is sort of a lottery, patrolling the Afghan badlands is taking part in Russian roulette together with your toes. Coping with bombs is straightforward, it is the getting shot at while doing a job that tends to make me run.’

Writing within the Day by day Mail after his loss of life, Schmid recalled: ‘I felt as if my coronary heart had been ripped out of my physique.

‘Olaf Schmid, to provide him his full title, was not solely my husband however my soulmate, my finest good friend and my future. I knew I would be grieving for him for the remainder of my life.’

Workers Sergeant Schmid of the Royal Logistics Corps had warned his spouse that the percentages have been stacked towards him, and the bomb which killed him was the third he handled that day in temperatures of 50C.

An inside evaluate following his loss of life discovered that carrying heavy gear in searing temperatures left troopers ‘bodily degraded’ by the point they reached the websites of hidden Taliban bombs.

It led to the worst lack of improvised explosive system disposal (IEDD) operators and Royal Engineer search workforce members since Northern Eire within the early Seventies.

Schmid pictured at her husband's funeral in 2009

Schmid pictured at her husband's funeral in 2009

Schmid holding Olaf's George  Cross Citation

Schmid holding Olaf's George  Cross Citation

Schmid is pictured at her husband’s funeral in 2009 (left). The conflict widow holds her husband’s George Cross Quotation (proper) , which was awarded at a ceremony on the headquarters of the Honourable Artillery Firm, within the metropolis of London

Schmid speaks to King Charles during a reception at Clarence House after a service for the Victoria Cross and George Cross medal Association reunion at St Martin-in-the Field church

Schmid speaks to King Charles during a reception at Clarence House after a service for the Victoria Cross and George Cross medal Association reunion at St Martin-in-the Field church

Schmid speaks to King Charles throughout a reception at Clarence Home after a service for the Victoria Cross and George Cross medal Affiliation reunion at St Martin-in-the Area church

Schmid also met Queen Elizabeth and Lance Corporal Matt Croucher, holder of the George Cross, during a reception for the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association at the palace

Schmid also met Queen Elizabeth and Lance Corporal Matt Croucher, holder of the George Cross, during a reception for the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association at the palace

Schmid additionally met Queen Elizabeth and Lance Corporal Matt Croucher, holder of the George Cross, throughout a reception for the Victoria Cross and George Cross Affiliation on the palace

Tragically Olaf (pictured) had told Schmid that he feared for his life in the months leading up to his death - writing in letters and telling her on phone calls of his desperation to come home

Tragically Olaf (pictured) had told Schmid that he feared for his life in the months leading up to his death - writing in letters and telling her on phone calls of his desperation to come home

Tragically Olaf (pictured) had instructed Schmid that he feared for his life within the months main as much as his loss of life – writing in letters and telling her on cellphone calls of his desperation to come back dwelling

Schmid is pictured watching Olaf's coffin being carried at his funeral, which was held with full military honours at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, and was attended by around 900 people

Schmid is pictured watching Olaf's coffin being carried at his funeral, which was held with full military honours at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, and was attended by around 900 people

Schmid is pictured watching Olaf’s coffin being carried at his funeral, which was held with full army honours at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, and was attended by round 900 individuals

After her husband was killed, Schmid campaigned for better working conditions for those in the armed forces and their families. She met Samantha Cameron at a Number 10 reception

After her husband was killed, Schmid campaigned for better working conditions for those in the armed forces and their families. She met Samantha Cameron at a Number 10 reception

After her husband was killed, Schmid campaigned for higher working situations for these within the armed forces and their households. She met Samantha Cameron at a Quantity 10 reception 

A month following his loss of life transferring images confirmed Schmid wearing all black sporting her husband’s set of medals as she bravely walked behind his coffin draped in a Union Jack because it was carried out of Truro Cathedral in Cornwall.

Chatting with the 900-strong congregation, Schmid, who was 36 on the time, mentioned: ‘Olaf lived and stood for one thing that he believed in. And ultimately he paid the last word sacrifice for these beliefs.

‘Now we have an obligation not simply to honour what he stood for however stay lives which honour the sacrifices that he made. Changing into his proud widow has been the toughest factor that I’ve ever achieved with him.

‘Please don’t let him die in useless. To any extent further I count on our peacemakers to point out us they’re working as onerous as he did to protect life.’

‘We’d disagree with a conflict,’ she added. ‘Nonetheless, I hope that by Olaf’s loss of life, my public storytelling and appreciation, our neighborhood show of respect right here as we speak can serve to bridge that hole and unite us as soon as extra with our troops.

Within the years that adopted the widow campaigned for higher working situations for these within the armed forces and their households.

On one event she blasted the armed forces for his or her poor salaries, contrasting these of troopers to bankers demanding these like her husband additionally deserve ‘the large greenback’.

Olaf had been on a primary soldier wage of £35,000 when he died, leaving Schmid with a £6,000 military pension to assist assist herself and her son.

She in contrast Olaf’s wage to that of Bob Diamond, who was CEO of Barlcays on the time, touchdown a £63 million pay bundle.

‘You can not wave a wand and get individuals like Ozagain,’ she mentioned. ‘And if the MoD actually does maintain males like my husband… within the highest regard – then why not go the entire hog and pay them accordingly too.’

The widow added: ‘If Bob Diamond’s acquired a expertise for taking care of individuals’s cash, high quality. Pay him for that. However, equally, should not individuals like Ozand people guys be getting the large greenback?’

Schmid additionally starred on BBC One’s Panorama: A Very British Hero which documented the lack of her husband and, together with senior figures from the armed forces, questioned whether or not the army had let down the elite band of troopers.

Three years after Olaf died, Schmid found brief happiness again with another serving member of the Armed Forces called Mark Clarke, telling the world she had 'Oz's blessing'

Three years after Olaf died, Schmid found brief happiness again with another serving member of the Armed Forces called Mark Clarke, telling the world she had 'Oz's blessing'

Three years after Olaf died, Schmid discovered transient happiness once more with one other serving member of the Armed Forces known as Mark Clarke, telling the world she had ‘Ozs blessing’

Posing for a photoshoot with Hello! magazine, Schmid told the publication: 'I didn't know if I would ever be able to love again after I lost Oz, but Mark has taught me that I can'. Pictured: Schmid with Mark and their daughter Isabelle

Posing for a photoshoot with Hello! magazine, Schmid told the publication: 'I didn't know if I would ever be able to love again after I lost Oz, but Mark has taught me that I can'. Pictured: Schmid with Mark and their daughter Isabelle

Posing for a photoshoot with Whats up! journal, Schmid instructed the publication: ‘I did not know if I’d ever be capable of love once more after I misplaced Oz, however Mark has taught me that I can’. Pictured: Schmid with Mark and their daughter Isabelle 

The widow went on to turn into a key participant in Mr Cameron’s resolution to enshrine the Navy Covenant into legislation in 2011. The historic step gave a authorized pressure to the nation’s responsibility of care to servicemen and girls, veterans and their households – backed up by a £50 million funding bundle.

She additionally met with Mr Cameron’s spouse Samantha within the backyard of No 10 the place she was praised for her ‘outstanding power’ in campaigning on behalf of troops serving overseas.

Three years after her husband’s loss of life, Schmid welcomed Mark into her life, and spoke out about Olaf gave her his blessing to seek out love once more if he have been to die in service.

‘I did not know if I’d ever be capable of love once more after I misplaced Oz, however Mark has taught me that I can; that I’ve a whole lot of love nonetheless left to provide and a whole lot of life left to stay,’ she instructed Whats up! Journal on the time.

As she posed for the lavish photograph unfold, Schmid mentioned her love for Olaf had ‘not in any method diminished’ and that she misses him daily.

Schmid's love with Mark was over by 2019 when the couple separated

Schmid's love with Mark was over by 2019 when the couple separated

Schmid’s love with Mark was over by 2019 when the couple separated 

She added: ‘I’ve been fortunate sufficient to fulfill this beautiful man who cares deeply for me and desires to be with me – and I am keen on him.’

Schmid revealed her son Laird, who was eight on the time, had been accepting of Mark and had questioned in the event that they have been going to get married.

‘Mark will get me fully, and I get him. It is refreshing, snug and straightforward. Some individuals do not discover that when in a lifetime. I have been lucky to seek out it twice,’ she mentioned.

‘Having Mark in my life hasn’t modified the way in which I really feel about Oz. He’s all the time in my coronary heart and spiritually he is all the time by my facet.’

That very same 12 months, Schmid printed her memoir, All the time By My Facet: Shedding the love of my life and the combat to honour his reminiscence.

The e-book, which obtained excessive reward on the time, was described as ‘a narrative about love and loss, hope and despair and of dwelling in fixed worry’.

But it did obtain some criticism, specifically from Olaf’s household who tried to contact the publishers forward of its publication asking them to take care over some points of the e-book that might trigger his kin further grief.

They claimed Schmid had triggered ache by together with distressing intimate particulars that they believed ought to have remained personal. One supply near the household instructed the Day by day Star on the time described Schmid’s remedy of them as ‘completely horrendous’.

‘Everybody was led to imagine the e-book was about Olaf,’ the supply added’ He appears to have been ­forgotten and she or he is ­being profitable. There are particulars within the e-book that by no means wanted to be identified and there’s a lot of fiction.’

Aside from the household one other conflict widow Toni O’Donnell, who misplaced her husband Warrant Officer Gary O’Donnell, 40, throughout service in 2008, known as for the e-book to be banned on the time.

She mentioned the e-book had contained key errors about her husband’s repatriation and funeral.

Shortly after her split from Mark, Schmid met divorced property developer Adam Plumb, 41, (pictured together) and the couple married in 2020

Shortly after her split from Mark, Schmid met divorced property developer Adam Plumb, 41, (pictured together) and the couple married in 2020

Shortly after her break up from Mark, Schmid met divorced property developer Adam Plumb, 41, (pictured collectively) and the couple married in 2020

Schmid and her husband Adam seemed happy for a time settling into life in a £1.3 million, eight-bedroom home in Ivybridge, Devon. But they have now separated  and are divorcing

Schmid and her husband Adam seemed happy for a time settling into life in a £1.3 million, eight-bedroom home in Ivybridge, Devon. But they have now separated  and are divorcing

Schmid and her husband Adam appeared completely happy for a time settling into life in a £1.3 million, eight-bedroom dwelling in Ivybridge, Devon. However they’ve now separated  and are divorcing

Toni additionally mentioned she was deeply distressed that Schmid had revealed she had a dream the evening earlier than Olaf was killed displaying Gary seem to her in a imaginative and prescient, useless with no arms.

The bereaved mother-of-two instructed the Day by day Specific on the time: ‘I’m taking authorized recommendation and getting in contact with publishers and Christina Schmid. I would like this e-book off the cabinets if potential. I would like the ‘untruths’ put proper.’

It led to Toni writing to Century publishers in regards to the factual errors within the e-book main them to re-issue Schmid’s memoir with the errors corrected within the paperback model.

She known as for a private apology from Schmid on the time, including that she ‘upset me and my entire household. As a widow she ought to perceive.’

Mark and Schmid mentioned having a non secular ceremony to point out their dedication to 1 one other and sign their ‘new begin’ to family and friends – however mentioned it was too quickly for marriage.

Schmid mentioned she had felt judged on the time for transferring on and was ‘unhappy’ when different ladies criticised her for beginning a brand new relationship.

She instructed BBC 4’s Girl’s Hour in 2012: ‘It is simply the character of individuals to guage. It’s totally unhappy.’

‘It simply implies that I am permitting any person into my life once more and that I am prepared to like once more,’ she added.

Seven years after the couple first met, nonetheless, the couple who by no means married made the choice to go their separate methods. 

A 12 months later in 2020 Christina had married her new husband Adam.



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