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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #50 on: March 31, 2006, 09:08:46 »
http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/PeopleInDefence/DeathOfLanceCorporalPeterEdwardCraddockInAfghanistan.htm

Death of Lance Corporal Peter Edward Craddock in Afghanistan
28 Mar 06
It is with great regret that the Ministry of Defence confirms the death of Lance Corporal Peter Edward Craddock of 1st Battalion The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment in Lashkar Gah, Southern Afghanistan on Monday 27 March 2006.

 

LCpl Craddock died as a result of a road traffic accident; enemy forces are not thought to have been involved. Our sympathies are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.

Lance Corporal Peter Edward Craddock, known as ‘Tinhead’ to his many friends (a reference to his love of biscuits), enlisted into the Army in January 1998 in Reading. He completed his infantry training at the Army Training Regiment Lichfield and the Infantry Training Centre Catterick, before joining the 1st Battalion The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment in September 1998.

During his eight years of service, Lance Corporal Craddock served on operations in Northern Ireland and Kosovo, before deploying to Afghanistan in September 2005. He also took part in exercises in Canada, Belize, Kenya and Jamaica.

Promoted to Lance Corporal in June 2005, he was due to attend a mortar course on his return from Afghanistan to qualify him for further promotion. During the tour of Afghanistan, Lance Corporal Craddock proved most worthy of his new rank, commanding his team calmly and professionally at all times. He was an extremely popular member of both Support Company and the Battalion as a whole.

Lance Corporal Craddock's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel David Brown, said of him:

"You do not get soldiers any better than Lance Corporal Craddock. His loss on his multiple’s final patrol before completion of their 6-month operational tour of Afghanistan is an utter tragedy. We all felt numb at news of his death. ‘Tinhead’ epitomized the Mortar Platoon; he had a huge character.

"No doubt time will slowly heal our deep sadness. In the meantime the thoughts of the whole RGBWLI Regimental family are with his bereaved family; especially his beloved sister, Amanda, and brother William."

Expressing his sympathy in the House of Commons on Monday 27 March, Secretary of State John Reid said:

"My thoughts are with his family and friends, as I am sure are those of the whole House."


Photo 1)  Lance Corporal Peter Edward Craddock of 1st Battalion The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment
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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #51 on: March 31, 2006, 12:01:33 »
Brigadier General Stanley James Ledger “Speedy” Hill MC DSO (2 bars)

18/03/2006

From the Daily Telegraph

Brigadier 'Speedy' Hill

18/03/2006

Brigadier "Speedy" Hill, who died on Thursday aged 95, won an MC and three DSOs as a commander of airborne forces during the Second World War.

In 1942 Hill took command of the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment, which was dropped at Souk El Arba, deep behind enemy lines in Tunisia. His orders were to secure the plain so that it could be used as a landing strip and then to take Beja, the road and rail centre 40 miles to the north east, in order to persuade the French garrison to fight on the Allied side.

To impress the French commander with the size of his unit, Hill marched the battalion through the town twice, first wearing helmets and then changing to berets. The Germans, hearing reports that a considerable British force had occupied Beja, responded by bombing the town.

On learning that a mixed force of Germans and Italians, equipped with a few tanks, was located at a feature called Gue, Hill put in a night attack. But a grenade in a sapper's sandbag exploded, setting off others, and there were heavy casualties when the element of surprise was lost.

Two companies carried out an immediate assault while Hill, with a small group, approached three light tanks. He put the barrel of his revolver through the observation port of the first tank and fired a single round. The Italian crew surrendered at once. He banged his thumbstick on the turret of the second tank, with the same result.

But when he used the method on the third tank, the German crew emerged, firing their weapons and throwing grenades. They were dealt with in short order, though Hill took three bullets in the chest. He was rushed to Beja, where Captain Robb of the 16th Parachute Field Ambulance operated on him and saved his life.

The citation for Hill's first DSO paid tribute to the brilliant handling of his force and his complete disregard of personal danger. The French recognised his gallantry with the award of the Légion d'Honneur.

Stanley James Ledger Hill, the son of Major-General Walter Hill, was born at Bath on March 14 1911. Young James went to Marlborough, where he was head of the OTC, and then won the Sword of Honour and became captain of athletics at Sandhurst.

Nicknamed "Speedy" because of the long strides he took as a tall man, he was commissioned into the Royal Fusiliers, with whom he served with the 2nd Battalion, and ran the regimental athletic and boxing teams.

In 1936 he left the Army to get married, and for the next three years worked in the family ferry company. On the outbreak of war Hill rejoined his regiment, and left for France in command of 2RF's advance party. He led a platoon on the Maginot Line for two months before being posted to AHQ as a staff captain.

In May 1940, Hill was a member of Field Marshal Viscount Gort's command post, playing a leading part in the civilian evacuation of Brussels and La Panne beach during the final phase of the withdrawal. He returned to Dover in the last destroyer to leave Dunkirk, and was awarded an MC.

Following promotion to major and a posting to Northern Ireland as DAAG, Hill was dispatched to Dublin to plan the evacuation of British nationals in the event of enemy landings. He booked into the Gresham Hotel, where several Germans were staying at the time.

Hill was one of the first to join the Parachute Regiment and after being wounded in Tunisia in 1942, he was evacuated to England. Although forbidden to take exercise in hospital, he used to climb out of his window at night to stroll around the gardens. Seven weeks later, he declared himself fit and, in December, he converted the 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment, to the 9th Parachute Battalion.

In April the following year, Hill took command of 3rd Parachute Brigade, consisting of the 8th and 9th Parachute Battalions and the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, which he commanded on D-Day as part of the 6th Airborne Division.

Given the task of destroying the battery at Merville and blowing bridges over the River Dives to prevent the enemy bringing in reinforcements from the east, he completed the briefing of his officers with the warning: "Gentlemen, in spite of your excellent training and orders, do not be daunted if chaos reigns. It undoubtedly will."

Things began to go wrong straight away. Many of the beacons for marking the dropping zones were lost, and several of the aircraft were hit or experienced technical problems. Hill landed in the River Dives near Cabourg, some three miles from the dropping zone, and it took him several hours to reach dry land.

The terrain was criss-crossed with deep irrigation ditches in which some of his men, weighed down by equipment, drowned.

Since he did not trust radio, he kept in touch by driving around on a motorcycle, periodically being found directing traffic at crossroads by his advancing men. Near Sallenelles, Hill and a group of men of the 9th Parachute Battalion were accidentally bombed by Allied aircraft; 17 men were killed.

Hill was injured but, after giving morphia to the wounded, he reported to his divisional commander, who confirmed that the battery at Merville had been captured after a ferocious fight, and that Hill's brigade had achieved all its objectives.

Hill underwent surgery that afternoon, but refused to be evacuated and set up his headquarters at La Mesnil. Under his leadership, three weak parachute battalions held the key strategic ridge from Chateau St Côme to the outskirts of Troarn against repeated attacks from the German 346th Division.

On June 10 the 5th Battalion, Black Watch, was put under Hill's command. Two days later, when the 9th Parachute Battalion called for urgent reinforcements, Hill led a company of Canadian parachutists in a daring counter-attack.

The 12th Parachute Battalion, took Bréville, the pivotal position from which 346th Division launched their attacks on the ridge, albeit at great cost. Hill said afterwards that the enemy had sustained considerable losses of men and equipment and a great defensive victory had been won. He was awarded a Bar to his DSO.

The 3rd Parachute Brigade returned to England in September but three months later it was back on the front line, covering the crossings of the River Meuse. In the difficult conditions of the Ardennes and in organising offensive patrolling across the River Maas, Hill's enthusiasm was a constant inspiration to his men.

In March 1945 Hill commanded the brigade in Operation Varsity, the battle of the Rhine Crossing, before pushing on to Wismar on the Baltic, arriving on May 2, hours before the Russians.

He was wounded in action three times. He was awarded a second Bar to his DSO, and the American Silver Star.

Hill was appointed military governor of Copenhagen in May and was awarded the King Haakon VII Liberty Cross for his services. He commanded and demobilised the 1st Parachute Brigade before retiring from the Army in July in the rank of brigadier.

He was closely involved in the formation of the Parachute Regiment Association and, in 1947, he raised and commanded the 4th Parachute Brigade (TA).

The next year, Hill joined the board of Associated Coal & Wharf Companies and was president of the Powell Duffryn Group of companies in Canada from 1952 to 1958. He was managing director and chairman of Cory Brothers from 1958 to 1970.

In 1961, Hill became a director of Powell Duffryn and was vice-chairman of the company from 1970 to 1976. Among a number of other directorships, he was a director of Lloyds Bank from 1972 to 1979.

He was for many years a trustee of the Airborne Forces Security Fund and a member of the regimental council of the Parachute Regiment. In June 2004, he attended the 60th Anniversary of the Normandy landings.

A life-size bronze statue of him with his thumbstick, sited at Le Mesnil crossroads, the central point of the 3rd Parachute Brigade's defensive position on D-Day, was unveiled by the Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment.

James Hill married first, in 1937, Denys Gunter-Jones, with whom he had a daughter and, in 1986, Joan Haywood.

At Chichester in his final years he enjoyed pursuing his lifelong hobby of birdwatching.
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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #52 on: April 10, 2006, 10:42:49 »
Death of Staff Sergeant Paul Eaton
10 Apr 06
It is with great regret that the Army must announce the death of Staff Sergeant Paul Eaton of The Scottish Transport Regiment (Volunteers). SSgt Eaton was fatally injured yesterday, Sunday 9 April 2006, after an incident while training with the Regiment's Blue Arrows Motorcycle Display Team.

 
Staff Sergeant Eaton
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Staff Sergeant Eaton, 45, joined the Scottish Transport Regiment RLC(V), based in Dunfermline, in 1998 when he was posted as the Regimental Sergeant Major for the last two years of an exemplary 22 year army career. His love of the army and the Regiment persuaded him, on retirement in 2000, to rejoin the Regiment as the Non-Regular Permanent Staff member responsible for the Regiment's transport fleet.

SSgt Eaton's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Couser, said:

"Paul was a man of unstinting loyalty and devotion whose dedication to the Regiment and its soldiers made him irreplaceable.  It goes without saying that as a well liked and respected member of a very close knit team he will be sorely missed."

In addition to his normal duties, Staff Sergeant Eaton's main contribution to the Regiment was managing, and performing with, the Blue Arrows, a motorcycle display team which has performed throughout the UK at military and private shows for over 30 years.

Of particular note in 2004 was the way in which Paul single-handedly regenerated the Blue Arrows after it virtually folded due to the deployment of many of the team's riders to Iraq on Operation TELIC. This achievement is undeniably due to the exceptional commitment, endeavour and leadership of Staff Sergeant Eaton and was recognised recently when he was awarded a Commander in Chief's Certificate of Commendation.

The thoughts and condolences of the Commanding Officer and all ranks of the Regiment are with Paul Eaton's family at this terribly sad time.


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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #53 on: April 17, 2006, 11:00:12 »
http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/PeopleInDefence/LtRichardPalmerOfTheRoyalScotsDragoonGuardsKilledInIraq.htm

Lt Richard Palmer of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards killed in Iraq
16 Apr 06
It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Lieutenant Richard Palmer of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards following an attack in Southern Iraq on Saturday, 15 April 2006.

 
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Whilst on a joint patrol with the Iraqi Army in the vicinity of Ad Dayr, the vehicle that Lieutenant Palmer was commanding was contacted by a roadside bomb. Despite the best efforts of his comrades and medical teams, he died of his wounds. Richard was single and came from Ware in Hertfordshire.

Richard Palmer was born into an Army family on 19th March 1979. His father served on attachment with The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and it was from this attachment, and the connections made during it, that Richard decided that he wanted to join the Regiment. After Haileybury School and Durham University, Richard attended The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. His time at Sandhurst was marked by his enormous popularity and his highly competent but relaxed style. He was soon recognised as an accomplished sportsman, representing the Combined Services at Rackets and Hockey.

Richard was commissioned into The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards on 8 August 2004 and joined the Regiment in Fallingbostel that Summer, joining D Squadron as a Troop Leader. During his Troop Leader's course he once again excelled in a relaxed and assured manner. He seemed to have a natural flair for tank commanding, remaining calm under pressure whilst dealing with a myriad of complications. He returned to Regimental Duty in time to assume command of his Troop as it begun its full training year to prepare it for operations. On training in Canada he proved to be an able tactician and an accomplished leader of men. He quickly became a popular member of the Squadron and forged strong relationships with all ranks.

On operations in Iraq, D Squadron has been attached to the Danish Battlegroup. Richard continued to lead his men with a firm but fair hand and had earned himself a reputation as one of our most promising young officers. Well-liked and respected in equal measure he was able to inspire his men to operate in high risk environments, always leading from the front. He was at the front of the troop when he was killed, leading them on a joint patrol with the Iraqi Army.

"His popularity within his Squadron cannot be underestimated."
Lt Col Ben Edwards, Commanding Officer
Lieutenant Colonel Ben Edwards, his Commanding Officer, said:

"Lieutenant Richard Palmer was one of my very best Young Officers. He was an intelligent, charming, talented yet incredibly modest individual. Despite having only served with the Regiment for just under two years he was widely regarded by soldier and officer alike as a star of the future.

"He had a dream start to an Army career; arriving just in time for a training season in Canada and then deploying on Operations. He demonstrated straight away that he was more than capable of commanding his Troop in testing situations on the Prairie, never betraying a lack of practical experience. He led his men through their pre-deployment training with his winning combination of leadership and friendship, creating deep loyalty within a tight knit team. On Operations he continued to display leadership qualities above and beyond those expected of a junior Lieutenant. His popularity within his Squadron cannot be underestimated. As part of the Danish Battlegroup he was experiencing international soldiering that would stand him in good stead in what seemed destined to be a glittering military career.

"Individuals such as Richard have made a tangible difference to the future of the people of Iraq. On a daily basis they put their lives at risk as they endeavour to improve the security situation within the country. He will be sorely missed by all those who knew him and we will ensure that his life has not been sacrificed in vain.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends; The Regiment has lost a great ambassador, a splendid soldier and a fine friend. We count ourselves as fortunate to have served with such a man."

Richard's father, Brigadier John Palmer, said the following about his son:


"Richard was a much loved son, grandson, brother, uncle and boyfriend, with a huge number of very good friends. He was enormously proud to be a soldier and in particular to be a member of the Royal Dragoon Guards.  He was very well aware of the dangers that he and others faced in Iraq, but he believed that the work they were doing was gradually making life better for the Iraqi people.

"Richard was a very talented and popular young man who achieved a lot in his life.  We are immensely proud of him – whilst nothing can make his loss any easier we are just thankful that the other members of his troop, of whom he thought so much, were not seriously injured.

"We are very grateful to the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards for all the support we are receiving."

Adam Ingram MP, Minister for the Armed Forces, said:

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Lieutenant Richard Palmer – my thoughts and sympathies are with his family at this very difficult time."

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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #54 on: April 19, 2006, 21:43:19 »
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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #55 on: April 27, 2006, 07:05:23 »
I found this on the back of the Regiment's ANZAC Day services leaflet, it was blowing in the wind in the compound today. Our Dawn service was conducted at pre-dawn on the 25th. Its kind of nice, and although specifically Australian, I feel it speaks for all Allied personnel who have gave their lives in all wars, but you decide for yourself.

It reads as follows:


DEDICATION TO THE MEMORY OF FALLEN COMRADES

I saw the going down of the sun on that ANZAC Day- the chaotic maelstrom of Australia's blooding! I fought in the frozen mud of the Somme and in a blazing destroyer exploding in the North Sea. I fought on the perimiter at Tobruk. I crashed in the flaming wreckage of a fighter in New Guinea and lived with the dammed in a place called Changi. I fought in the snow in Korea, and again in the jungles of Malaya, Borneo, South Vietnam and East Timor. In the deserts of Somalia, Afghanistan, and now Iraq. I was your mate, the kid across the street, the medical student graduate, the mechanic at the corner garage, the baker who brought you your bread. I was the gardener who cut your lawns, and the clerk who sent you your bills. I was a Private, a Naval Commander, an Air Force Bombardier. No man knows me! No name marks my tomb! For I am every Australian; I am the unknown soldier! I died for a cause I held just, in the service of my land, so that you and yours may stay in freedom, and I am proud to be Australian.

After that was said on a cool ANZAC Day morning, you could have heard a pin drop from a km away.

With the almost daily casualties coming out of various AOs in where our Allied soldiers serve, with only the changing of a few battle locations, and a few countries, this could be any of us, and in a way represents us all, from today back to the first conflicts our nations have endured.

Regards,

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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #56 on: May 09, 2006, 20:48:49 »
http://news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=693762006

First UK servicewoman dies in Iraq
LAURA ROBERTS
 
First British servicewoman killed to be in action for 20 years Helicopter crashed in Basra after reportedly being hit by missile Four British servicemen also killed in the crash on Saturday Key quote
"I know there is a natural tendency when such awful events occur to speculate about possible causes. I would only caution that such speculation is not only unhelpful but can be very distressing to the loved ones of those involved." - Des Browne, Defence Secretary

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THE first British servicewoman to be killed in action for 20 years was among those who died in the helicopter crash in Iraq at the weekend.

Flight Lieutenant Sarah-Jayne Mulvihill, 32, and Wing Commander John Coxen, 46 - the highest-ranking British officer to be killed on active service in Iraq - were passengers in the Lynx helicopter which smashed into a two-storey house in the centre of Basra on Saturday, after it was reportedly hit by a missile or rocket.

Also killed were the pilot, Lieutenant Commander Darren Chapman, the co-pilot, Captain David Dobson, and a gunner, Marine Paul Collins.

The Ministry of Defence described Flt Lt Mulvihill, as an "ambitious and extremely competent" airwoman. She was on her second operational tour in Iraq. Her husband, Lee, is also in the Royal Air Force.

Her parents, Terry and Sue Poole, were informed of their daughter's death while on holiday in Spain. They have returned home.

The last British servicewoman to be killed in action was Ulster Defence Regiment Corporal Heather Kerrigan, 20, who was hit by an IRA landmine in Co Tyrone in 1984.

Iraqi police have said the helicopter was hit by either a missile or a rocket before it crashed into the empty house. Technology fitted to Lynx helicopters is believed to protect them from surface-to-air missiles, but not rocket-propelled grenades.

But yesterday, Des Browne, the newly-appointed Defence Secretary, refused to comment on whether the Lynx had been brought down by enemy action, saying a detailed Royal Military Police investigation and a full Board of Inquiry was under way.

He told the Commons: "I know there is a natural tendency when such awful events occur to speculate about possible causes. I would only caution that such speculation is not only unhelpful but can be very distressing to the loved ones of those involved."

Mr Browne also played down the significance of the disturbances in the hours after the tragedy and defended troops amid reports that a child was killed by British fire.

TV pictures showed Iraqis waving their arms and grinning in apparent jubilation before launching attacks on British personnel who tried to secure the crash site. Five Iraqis were reportedly killed when British troops responded after being attacked with stones, guns, petrol and blast bombs, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars. Two armoured vehicles were set on fire.

"It is entirely right that our troops take action to defend themselves in such circumstances," Mr Browne said. "British personnel fired baton rounds and a limited amount of live ammunition." Seven UK personnel were injured, but none sustained serious injuries, he said.

Mr Browne insisted southern Iraq was not "rising up" against the UK, requiring troops to be withdrawn immediately. But a second night of curfew was imposed yesterday amid fears British forces may face further recriminations from the local population.

In total, 109 British service personnel have died since the start of hostilities in Iraq. One other servicewoman died while in Iraq, but that was not through enemy fire.

The five soldiers will be given a full military funeral at St Bartholomew's Memorial Church, Yeovilton, next week.

'Best friend and beloved wife'
FLT Lt Sarah-Jayne Mulvihill, who was on her second operational tour in Iraq when she was killed, was last night described by her husband as a "most wonderful person".

Lee Mulvihill said: "Sarah was my best friend and my most beloved wife. She was also an adored daughter and sister, highly loved and respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

"Her love of sport and outdoor activities was only outshone by her commitment to the Royal Air Force, of which she and I are extremely proud to be part.

"Her loss has greatly affected more people than anyone can comprehend."

The 32-year-old flight operations officer and her husband were based at RAF Benson in south Oxfordshire.

Group Captain Duncan Welham, her station commander, paid tribute to her. "Sarah was one of the Royal Air Force's finest: courageous, upbeat and unselfish, a dedicated officer who will be missed by us all.

"While at RAF Benson, Sarah's lively character and commitment to colleagues and friends made her extremely popular in the workplace and across the wider station community.

"There was nothing she would not tackle and her contribution to all aspects of life and work was actively sought, valued and appreciated. She was a keen sportswoman who enjoyed running, rowing and football."

Flt Lt Mulvihill joined the RAF as an airwoman and was first posted to Iraq in 2003. A keen runner, she often outran her male colleagues on morning fitness sessions.

Flt Lt Mulvihill's parents, Terry and Sue Poole, were informed of their daughter's death while on holiday in Spain and are now staying with their son in Dover.

A neighbour said: "She was in the cadets when she was younger and this was all she ever wanted to do. It was the lifestyle she dreamed of."

An MoD spokesman said: "Sarah-Jayne was keen to put her knowledge and experience to the test and she returned to Iraq in the operations officer role earlier this year."

Last night Gladys Snell, a neighbour of Flt Lt Mulvihill's family in Herne Bay, Kent, said: "I have known her since she was a little girl of about nine or ten.

"She was a lovely girl, so bubbly and she quite clearly loved what she did in her career."

"It was something she had wanted to do from a young age. She obviously didn't live round here anymore but she would often come back to visit her family.

"She never gave the impression of being worried. She loved what she did and it is so awful to hear this news."

'Humble and courageous' man
WING Commander John Coxen was "a unique individual" whose reputation in the Royal Air Force was "second to none", his senior officer said yesterday.

Wing Cmdr Coxen, 46, from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, was a passenger on the helicopter on Operation Telic when it was shot down.

Group Captain Duncan Welham, station commander at the base, said: "John's reputation across the Support Helicopter Force and Royal Air Force was second to none.

"He was a unique individual, humble and courageous. The world will be sadder place without him."

He added: "A true professional at work in all that he touched, he was outwardly quiet, but always had a twinkle in his eye that gave away a mischievous and dry sense of humour.

"He could always see the fun in any situation. A truly devoted husband, John enjoyed family life to the full with his wife Agnes and will be sadly missed."

Originally from Liverpool, Wing Cmdr Coxen joined the RAF in 1983.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "Well-known for his high standards, he had a gift for developing his students to their full potential; indeed, many of today's front-line Royal Air Force helicopter pilots owe their achievements to his dedication and skill."

He added: "Throughout his time at the front-line, John developed a persona that was greatly respected and well-liked by all who flew with him, peers and students alike."

On promotion to his current rank, Wing Cmdr Coxen had worked at the Ministry of Defence where his duties included the development of defence policy for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Outgoing entertainer enriched people's lives
LIEUTENANT Commander Darren Chapman, 40, was the Commanding Officer of 847 Naval Air Squadron.

The married father of three was a "consummate professional" and a "larger than life character" with a tremendous ability to make people laugh, according to Royal Marines Colonel John McCardle.

His family said in a statement they were "deeply shocked and devastated" at his death. They added: "He was a fantastic father, husband, son and friend who was deeply committed to family life; always there for those who needed him.

"Outgoing, gregarious and always joking, he was the consummate entertainer who touched and enriched many people's lives. He adored flying in the service and we can rest assured that he died doing the job that he so loved."

Thoughtful young man who followed a dream
PAUL Collins, 21, the door gunner, had dreamed of being in the Commandos since he was ten, his family said yesterday. In a statement released through the MoD, his parents said he recovered from a bad motorbike crash to fulfil that dream, and was never happier than with his "brothers in arms".

Originally from Devon, he joined the Royal Marines in June 2003. He was serving with 847 Naval Air Squadron.

His parents said: "Paul was a wonderful young man and so full of potential and zest for life. He was physically and mentally strong, though this was tempered by an intelligent, thoughtful and caring nature."

An impressive and enthusiastic pilot
CAPTAIN David Dobson, 27, known as "Dobbo" to colleagues, only joined his squadron two months ago but had already shown himself to be an impressive young pilot, his commanding officer said yesterday.

Based with 847 Naval Air Squadron at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, he was a keen sportsman who played basketball and cricket for the services.

Royal Marines Colonel John McCardle, Commanding Officer, Commando Helicopter Force, said: "Extremely well-respected, he approached all his duties with tremendous levels of enthusiasm, displaying a positive attitude and ready cheerfulness."

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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #57 on: May 09, 2006, 22:51:29 »
Thanks BBJ for the above info on the Lynx being shot down and for giving us an insight to who these personnel were.

Regards,

Wes
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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #58 on: May 15, 2006, 10:12:43 »
http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/MilitaryOperations/PrivateJosevaLewaiceiAndPrivateAdamMorrisKilledInIraq.htm

Private Joseva Lewaicei and Private Adam Morris killed in Iraq
15 May 06
It is with deepest regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of Private Joseva Lewaicei, 25, and Private Adam Morris, 19, both of The 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment.

 
Both men died as a result of injuries sustained from a roadside bomb at approximately 2345hrs local time in Basra City, Southern Iraq, on 13 May 2006. The two riflemen were on a routine patrol when the incident occurred.



Private Joseva Lewaicei

Private Joseva 'Lewi' Lewaicei (pronounced 'Lewethi'), was born on 29 April 1981 in Lautoka, Fiji. Lewi grew up in Fiji but decided early on, like many of his friends, to join the British Army.

He joined The 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, known as 'The Poachers', in May 2002 at the age of 21. Since then he served as a rifleman in Afghanistan between June and October 2003 as part of the enduring ISAF commitment and for two years in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland on a roulement tour. He also served in Jordan and Iraq, particularly enjoying the amount of time he spent in helicopters on both occasions.

Members of his platoon will remember him fondly as a reliable and professional soldier as well as being someone who could make them laugh. He was the first Fijian to join the Battalion, and was planning to take some of his friends to the South Pacific to show them his home, Paradise Island. He was proud of his job in the Army and his efficient style was an example to others.

He was good company; his colleagues describing him as the soul of the platoon. He was also protective of them all and somebody others would turn to for help. One dyslexic soldier described how Lewi would assist him with his written English by checking the spelling in letters to his girlfriend.

He was the father of a 7-year old daughter in Fiji. Universally popular he will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues.

 
His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Des O’Driscoll, said:

"Private Lewaicei was a valued and well-regarded member of C Company and was known as a fun loving and exuberant character. He was a keen sportsman and had represented the Battalion in both Rugby and Boxing. He was an exceptional rugby full back regularly impressing those who saw him play, and was once offered a professional contract.

"Immensely strong, his colleagues will remember with some glee the day he was finally beaten in an arm wrestle by their platoon sergeant, although he always maintained he let him win.

"Our sympathy goes out to his family at this terrible time; we are deeply saddened at his tragic loss; he will be sorely missed by his friends and the wider regimental family."

Private Adam Morris

Private Adam Peter Morris, nicknamed 'Borris', was born on 24 September 1986. He lived in Leicester with his mother Linder and attended the local college before joining the British Army at the age of 17. He was single.

Private Morris completed his basic training at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick in 2004. He then joined C Company 2 Royal Anglian in Northern Ireland, serving as a rifleman during a two year roulement tour in Ballykelly.

 
Despite being a junior soldier he had already been identified as having great potential. His colleagues anticipated that he would make Platoon sergeant at the very least. He was noted for his sheer professionalism and reliability, and on a recent tactics and leadership course he passed out as best student. Whilst exercising in Jordan he took over the role of a non-commissioned officer where he rose to the challenge and acquitted himself with composure.

He was a sociable individual with a good sense of humour. He made time for others and would raise morale by telling jokes and playing the fool, belying his true intelligence and passion for the military. He was happy to be in Iraq and getting on with his job.

During a period of ceremonial duty at the funeral for HRH Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester in November 2004 he was particularly pleased when members of the Royal family spoke to him personally, complementing him on his turnout and appearance.

He will be remembered as a friend and a most accomplished soldier. His loss has touched and greatly saddened all those who had the honour to know him.

His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Des O’Driscoll, said:

"Adam joined the battalion in Northern Ireland and rapidly made his mark as an energetic and thoroughly professional young soldier. He undoubtedly had a bright future ahead of him. Although Private Morris had only been with 'The Poachers' for just under two years, he was one of our most promising young soldiers and had a fine career ahead of him.

"Always one of the keenest and most attentive soldiers in the Company he stood out from many of his peers. At times teased for his military knowledge, he had an inquiring mind and a desire to learn.

"He was well-liked and respected by all the company for his resolve. He had suffered a leg injury late in 2005 but fought his way back to fitness, determined that he must deploy on operations in Iraq alongside his many friends. Always 'Army barmy' he even found a camouflage cover for the cast on his leg.

"Adam’s loss has touched and saddened all of us who had the honour to know him. Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time; He will be sorely missed by his friends and by the wider regiment."




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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #59 on: May 29, 2006, 11:14:14 »
Two soldiers from the Queen's Dragoon Guards killed and two injured.

RIP

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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #60 on: May 29, 2006, 11:21:57 »
 :salute:
In this day and age on insular thinking, On this day, I would like to salute the many members of Foreign Militaries that have fallen over the years for the values we all hold near and dear. God Bless  :cdn:
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« Reply #61 on: May 30, 2006, 20:29:10 »
http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/PeopleInDefence/LieutenantTomMildinhallAndLanceCorporalPaulFarrellyKilledInIraq.htm

Lieutenant Tom Mildinhall and Lance Corporal Paul Farrelly killed in Iraq
30 May 06
It is with immense sadness that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the names of two British soldiers from the Queen's Dragoon Guards killed in Iraq on 28 May 2006.

 
Lt Tom Mildinhall, Queen's Dragoon Guards
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On the evening of Sunday 28 May at 2137hrs local, a British Army patrol from 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (The Welsh Cavalry) was attacked by a roadside bomb in the Al Jezaizah district of North West Basra. The explosion hit an armoured Land Rover patrol on a routine task in support of the Iraqi Security Forces. Very sadly the incident killed two members from A Squadron: Troop Leader Lieutenant Tom Mildinhall and Lance Corporal Paul Farrelly.

Lieutenant Tom Mildinhall

Lieutenant Tom Mildinhall was born on 9 July 1979. His father is a retired Army officer and the family home is in Battersea, south London. His younger brother John is currently studying a PhD at Bristol University. Lieutenant Mildinhall was educated at Monkton Combe school in Bath where he excelled at rowing.

After studying Artificial Intelligence & Computer Sciences at Durham University and completing his officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in April 2004, Tom was commissioned into the QDG, a reconnaissance regiment that recruits mostly from Wales and is known as ‘The Welsh Cavalry’. The Regiment is based in Osnabrück, Germany and forms part of 20 Armoured Brigade.

In November 2004 he deployed with the Regiment to Iraq where he assisted in training the fledgling Iraqi Border Police. A difficult task, but one he undertook with considerable enthusiasm and diligence and in which he quickly made a considerable impact. On his return from Iraq he completed a series of demanding training exercises and reinforced his reputation for leading by selfless example. His second Iraq deployment to southern Iraq began one month ago.

His first love was skiing and he was planning an adventurous ski expedition at the end of his tour of duty in Iraq. He was a keen downhill ski instructor and a popular member of the Regimental Ski Team.

He will be missed by those who served along side him for his extremely dry sense of humour and razor sharp wit that often left everyone in stitches. He was a close friend to many in the Officers’ Mess but was also very close to his soldiers.

His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Pittman, said:

“Lieutenant Mildinhall was a thoroughly capable officer. He was intelligent, determined and utterly loyal to both his own command and his superiors. He led by example and his soldiers responded positively, safe in the knowledge he had their best interests at heart. It was typical of his command style to insist he physically led the more dangerous patrols, as he was doing last night when his Troop came under attack and he suffered a fatal injury. He was calm under pressure and I could rely upon him to deliver results in the complex operational environment of Iraq.

“He was a true enthusiast and it was uplifting to be in his company. Regardless of circumstance he always viewed the glass as half full. His love of life, sharp wit and ability to laugh at himself coupled with his enduring commitment to the team were qualities that endeared him to us all.

“He loved his time in the Army and was happiest when serving with his Regiment and we all benefited from his presence. With his passing, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards has lost a truly promising officer. Our thoughts are with his family and many friends.”

Tom's parents - his father, Lt Col (Retd) Colin Mildinhall formerly of the Royal Engineers and his mother, Susan, a speech and language therapist - have released the following statement:

"This is an ordeal we would not wish any mother and father to endure. For those parents who have lost sons and daughters in this way, we are now with them. For those who will have to go through this in the future; we are here. We share the pain of the soldiers and the families of the others injured and killed in this incident.

"We have lost a beautiful, talented and loving son for ever. Our world is in pieces and our country has again lost one of its best. Our hope is that in time our family may reassemble those pieces into some form of normality.

"Tom achieved an immense amount in his life. He rowed at school and at Durham University and skied with us from an early age. He talked proudly of his Regiment and enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow soldiers.

"We are very grateful for the support of our friends, Tom’s friends and colleagues from school and university and also for the outstanding help we are receiving from the Army."

 
L Cpl Paul Farrelly, Queen's Dragoon Guards
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Lance Corporal Paul Farrelly

Lance Corporal Paul Farrelly, known as ‘Fas’, was born on 13 August 1978 and grew up in Runcorn, near Liverpool. He moved to Rhyl when he was about 16-years-old and enlisted into the Army in March 2002. He has two younger sisters Sadie and Laura, and a younger brother Liam. His mother lives in Anglesey and his father in Cheltenham.

Paul Farrelly joined the Queen's Dragoon Guards after completing his basic training at the Army Training Regiment in Winchester, where he was judged top recruit.

Lance Corporal Farrelly was serving on his third Iraq deployment with the QDG, which had begun one month ago. He first served in Iraq during the initial combat operations between February and May 2003. He completed his second six month tour in April 2005 when the Regiment was deployed to assist in training the Iraqi Security Forces.

Paul was a keen footballer and a regular member of the Regimental 1st XI. His love of the game was such that even when injured he still appeared at all the matches and was a staunch supporter of the team. He was an all-round sportsman and never happier than with a ball or bat.

He will be remembered as a happy, jovial soldier as well as a dedicated family man. He was devoted to his wife and three young children and was adamant that family came first above all things.

Paul's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Pittman, said of him:

“Lance Corporal Farrelly was widely acknowledged as one of the most competent Lance Corporals in the Regiment. He was knowledgeable, quick-thinking and tough. He stood out amongst his peers as a natural leader; level-headed and utterly dependable. His wealth of experience, combined with his ability to identify quickly the critical path meant his contribution was way beyond that commensurate with his rank. He was marked out for early promotion. He set and demanded the highest standards, but he also knew it was his responsibility to encourage and coach those less able.

“He embodied much of what is best about soldiers in the British Army; selfless, determined, humorous and steadfast in the face of adversity. Always a committed family man, Paul spoke often and fondly of his wife Natalie, and their three children, Reece, Morgan and Brooke.

“Lance Corporal Farrelly was an outstanding soldier who will be sorely missed by all those who have had the privilege to serve with him. A dearly loved husband and father, our thoughts are now with his wife and family.”

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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #62 on: June 14, 2006, 10:48:11 »
"He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die
that freedom might live, and grow, and increase its blessings.
Freedom lives, and through it, he lives–
in a way that humbles the undertakings of most men."

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« Reply #63 on: June 14, 2006, 21:02:12 »
http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/MilitaryOperations/CaptainJimPhilippsonKilledInAfghanistan.htm

Captain Jim Philippson killed in Afghanistan
13 Jun 06
It is with immense sadness that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the name of the British soldier from 7 Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 11 June 2006.

 
Captain Jim Philippson
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UK forces were involved in an incident in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan, on the evening of Sunday 11 June 2006 during which a mobile patrol was engaged in a firefight against suspected Taliban forces. Sadly as a result of this engagement Captain Jim Philippson was killed and two other soldiers seriously injured. Our thoughts and sympathies are with their families and friends at this difficult time.

Captain Jim Philippson, 29, from St Albans in Hertfordshire,
completed his further education at Plymouth University. He joined the Army in January 2001 and, after his course at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, was commissioned into the Royal Artillery later that year.

He then undertook his Young Officers’ course at the Artillery Centre, Larkhill. From the outset his sharp intellect, determination, positive attitude and infectious enthusiasm stood out and he was selected for a posting to 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery. He relished the challenge of demanding commando selection where his physical stamina was more than matched by his mental robustness.

Not only was he successful but he led the way. Having settled into the Regiment his confident, yet self-effacing, approach had a real impact. His unique combination of fierce professionalism, relaxed style of command and sense of fun won him the respect and loyalty of his soldiers and peers. He displayed all of these qualities in the high pressure operational environment of Iraq but also on exercises in Norway, USA and Cyprus. Moreover, he was always looking to get involved; throwing himself wholeheartedly into his sport and social life with the same passion as his work.

Having concluded his tour with 29 Commando Regiment, Capt Philippson was keen to undertake the challenge of service with 7
Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery and after a six month deployment to the Falkland Islands joined the Regiment in February 2006 as it prepared for deployment to Afghanistan.

Very soon he found himself a pivotal member of the team with the role of training and mentoring the Afghan National Army. Here his maturity, patience, technical skill as an instructor and responsiveness was an example as much to his colleagues as to his Afghan counterparts who warmed quickly to his inherent leadership and charisma. He was a man that wanted to make a difference, and he did.

Capt Philippson served only a short time with 7 Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery but his influence on it and 29 Commando Regiment previously was tremendous. A genuine character who was full of life and humour yet with a highly committed edge, he will be remembered as a gifted, considerate and popular officer who would always go that extra mile for his soldiers and his friends. He will be sadly missed by everyone that that knew him.

Lieutenant Colonel David Hammond, his Commanding Officer, said:

"Jim was a top quality officer in the best traditions of the Regiment and the British Army. Those around him were influenced not only by his commitment, passion and drive but also his enthusiasm and ready wit. A gifted commander he had the self-confidence of an assured professional yet was also modest and willing to learn.

"All of this earned him the respect of all those he touched. The commitment he showed to his task in Afghanistan and every challenge he undertook was an inspiration.

"He was a rising star in every sense who had a huge amount to offer. He is a tremendous loss and our thoughts are with his family and many friends at this very difficult time."

Following the incident Secretary of State for Defence Des Browne issued this statement:

"I wish to express my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured in this attack. My thoughts are with them and those troops continuing their difficult task of helping to ensure Afghanistan remains secure."

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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #64 on: June 18, 2006, 10:33:47 »
Please make this a time to reflect on absent comrades.

http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1875206.php

KIA Marine is 2,500th lost in Iraq

By John Hoellwarth
Times staff writer


The 2,500th member of the U.S. armed forces killed since the war in Iraq began is a Marine from California, the Defense Department announced today.

Cpl. Michael Estrella, of Hemet, was killed June 14 during combat operations in Anbar Province, Iraq, the Defense Department said.

 
2nd Lt. Binford Strickland, spokesman for the Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, where Estrella’s unit is based, said that Estrella is the 2,500th military member killed since the invasion of Iraq. Casualty officials at Marines Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C., confirmed Strickland’s statement.

A field radio operator by military specialty, Estrella was assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, at the time of his death. His unit has been in Iraq since March.

Estrella was on his second combat deployment when he was killed. He was with 3/3 when it deployed to Afghanistan in November 2005 and returned to Hawaii in June 2005, Strickland said.

The U.S. suffered its 2,000th casualty in late October, when statistical data showed that more than half of the fallen were under age 25.

Estrella, at 20, had already earned the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal at the time of his death. Stickland said a recommendation to award him the Purple Heart has also been submitted, but it has not yet made it through the administrative process of being approved.

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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #65 on: June 20, 2006, 12:26:43 »
The bodies of two American soldiers reported missing in Iraq since Friday have been found south of Baghdad and showed signs of "barbaric torture," a senior Iraqi military official said Tuesday. But the American military said it could not verify that report.

Maj. Gen. Abdul-Aziz Mohammed said the bodies of 23-year-old Army Pfc. Kristian Menchaca of Houston, and 25-year-old Army Pfc. Thomas Lowell Tucker of Madras, Ore., were found on a street near a power plant in the town of Youssifiyah.


RIP to both of them  :salute:


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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #66 on: June 20, 2006, 18:31:44 »
Roger, I only hope their suffering was short-lived.

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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #67 on: July 03, 2006, 12:34:44 »
http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/MilitaryOperations/CorporalPeterThorpeAndLanceCorporalJabronHashmiKilledInAfghanistan.htm

Corporal Peter Thorpe and Lance Corporal Jabron Hashmi killed in Afghanistan
3 Jul 06
It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of Corporal Peter Thorpe and Lance Corporal Jabron Hashmi in Afghanistan on 1 July 2006.

 
Corporal Peter Thorpe
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Corporal Thorpe and Lance Corporal Hashmi, from the 3rd Para Battlegroup, were killed following an incident in Sangin, Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan. Four other personnel were injured. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Next of kin have now been informed.

Corporal Peter Thorpe

Corporal Peter Thorpe, Royal Signals, was born on 3 January 1979 and lived in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. Corporal Thorpe joined the Army in August 1995 as an apprentice tradesman at Harrogate and went on to complete his communications training at the Royal School of Signals at Blandford, Dorset. He was then posted to 216 Parachute Signal Squadron in the 5th Airborne Brigade.

There he went on to successfully qualify as a military parachutist, fully embraced his role as an airborne communicator and completed his first tour of Afghanistan in 2001. He was then posted on a two-year tour to Northern Ireland. Subsequently, returning to the UK in January 2006 to prepare for his second operational tour in Afghanistan.

Corporal Thorpe was a keen sportsman, turning his hand to a wide variety of pursuits, as well as being an Army Physical Training Instructor. He was a well-respected member of the Squadron whose outstanding trade and soldiering skills combined with his great sense of humour endeared him to all.

His Commanding Officer said

"Corporal Thorpe was a highly motivated, talented and tremendously popular soldier who constantly inspired those around him whatever the situation. A gifted instructor, he had acquired a huge range of military skills and qualifications and was happiest when passing on this knowledge.

"He had recently been selected for promotion to Sergeant and was keen to work in an Army Training Regiment. He undertook his role as a patrol commander with absolute professionalism in support of the 3 PARA Battlegroup in the demanding environment of Afghanistan. An outstanding man, his sad loss and that of Lance Corporal Hashmi is felt by us all."

 
Lance Corporal Jabron Hashmi.
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Lance Corporal Jabron Hashmi

Lance Corporal Jabron Hashmi, of the Intelligence Corps, was attached to the Royal Signals. Lance Corporal Hashmi was born on the 23rd April 1982 and lived in Birmingham.

Lance Corporal Hashmi joined the Army in June 2004 and completed his trade training at the Army Training Centre Winchester and his intelligence training at Chicksands, Bedfordshire. He was posted to the Royal Signals in January 2006 and immediately made his mark on the Troop. His extraordinary determination, sense of duty and desire to learn was infectious and he threw himself into preparations for his deployment to Afghanistan.

His Commanding Officer, said

"Enthusiastic, confident and immensely popular, Lance Corporal Hashmi displayed all the qualities of a first class soldier. His enthusiasm for the role he had been given was simply outstanding. He was brimming with confidence and hugely keen to take part in all the training prior to the operation.

"Once deployed in Helmand Province, his skills proved vital in support of the 3 PARA Battlegroup, providing protection for his comrades in the highly demanding working conditions of Southern Afghanistan. A fine young man, his sad loss and that of Corporal Thorpe will be felt by us all."

On learning of the incident Defence Secretary Des Browne said:

"My thoughts are with the family and friends of those killed in the attack against UK troops in Afghanistan. Our troops are in Afghanistan to help the Afghans rebuild their country. That means facing down the Taliban, who will go to any lengths to oppose progress. In doing this job we lost two of our troops yesterday and I am greatly saddened by this."

Lance Corporal Hashmi and Corporal Thorpe will be sadly missed by all those who served with them and our thoughts are with their families at this difficult time.


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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #68 on: July 03, 2006, 19:43:37 »
To all of Her Majesties Soldiers who paid the ultimate price in Iraq, Rest in peace  :salute:
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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #69 on: July 03, 2006, 19:50:14 »
RIP to the fallen.

Touches home to see a fellow signaller give up that price.

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Re: Fallen Comrades Allied Forces
« Reply #70 on: July 03, 2006, 21:06:22 »
The Marine Corps has an unofficial saying: Sepius exertus, semper fidelis, frater infinitas. (Often tested, always faithful, brothers forever.)
rest in peace, brothers.

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« Reply #71 on: July 05, 2006, 11:28:27 »
British soldier killed in Afghanistan on 5 July 2006
5 Jul 06
It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of a British soldier in Afghanistan today, Wednesday 5 July 2006.

 During a patrol in Sangin town, members of the 3 Para Battle Group were attacked by suspected Taleban forces. We can confirm that during the incident a British soldier has been killed.

We are currently in the process of informing next of kin and cannot comment further until that process is complete.

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« Reply #72 on: July 06, 2006, 22:37:50 »
Further to the previous:

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/MilitaryOperations/PrivateDamienJacksonKilledInAfghanistan.htm

Private Damien Jackson killed in Afghanistan
6 Jul 06
It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Private Damien Raymond Jackson in Afghanistan on 5 July 2006.

 
Private Damien Jackson
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Private Jackson, from The 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, died as a result of injuries sustained during a firefight with Taliban forces at approximately 1400 hours local time in Sangin, central Helmand Province. The incident occurred during a security patrol to clear a Helicopter landing site.

Private Damien Raymond Jackson

Private Damien Raymond Jackson was born on 9 July 1986. He lived in South Shields, Tyne and Wear and joined the Army in November 2003, completing his basic training at the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick, North Yorkshire. An enthusiastic, robust and physically fit Paratrooper, Pte Jackson passed his Combat Infantry Course (PARA) Training and Pre-Parachute Selection course (P Company) with flying colours. In June 2004 he joined A Company, The 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment.

During his time with A Company, Private Jackson completed several overseas exercises and two operational deployments. In January 2005 he deployed to Canada with the company to complete Exercise Frozen Star and in March 2006 deployed to Oman on Exercise Desert Eagle to conduct pre-Afghanistan deployment training. Pte Jackson showed typical fortitude and determination to recover quickly from an injury whilst conducting a Long Range Parachute Insertion on Exercise Frozen Star.

Private Jackson had also completed two successful operational tours with the Battalion, firstly to Northern Ireland in June 2004 and, secondly, to Basrah Province, Iraq. Afghanistan was Private Jackson’s third operational tour with the Regiment. An extremely experienced and reliable Paratrooper, Pte Jackson was also a team medic and had shown a keen interest in becoming a combat medic. He had also been recommended for promotion to Lance Corporal.

A keen football fan and Sunderland AFC fanatic, Pte Jackson made every effort to return home to catch as many matches as he could at the Stadium of Light, where he was a season ticket holder. Pte Jackson also enjoyed athletics and ran for his local athletics club, the South Shields Mariners, both before joining the Army and whilst at home on leave. He was particularly proficient at 400m and 800m running.

Popular, hard working and pro-active Pte Jackson was an extremely competent and reliable Paratrooper. His strength of character and level-headedness helped him maintain a focused and professional attitude to any task he was given and his infectious sense of humour allowed him to conduct his duties always to the best of his abilities and always with a smile.

 
Private Damien Jackson
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Pte Jackson’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Stuart J C Tootal, said of him:

"Private Damien Jackson was an excellent young soldier who represented the very best of what being a paratrooper is all about. Extremely popular and a superb sportsman, he was also highly professional and always took care of those around him.

"Having joined the Regiment in 2004, Damien quickly made his mark within the Battalion and served in numerous theatres including Northern Ireland and Iraq. Damien died doing the job he loved and fighting to protect his fellow paratroopers.

"One of the very best in all respects, he will be sadly missed by all his comrades in 3 PARA and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

Above all Pte Jackson was a friend to all, a great character and was full of life. He was an extremely popular member of 3 PARA and he will be sorely missed by all who were privileged to serve alongside him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. He will never be forgotten.

Pte Jackson's father, Daniel, gave the following tribute to his son:

"I wish everyone to know just how extremely proud I am of my son Damien – of all that he has achieved in his lifetime and of the fact that he died, when duty called, protecting others, in the service of his country.

"A fine, upstanding South Shields lad, Damien was immensely proud to have achieved his ultimate ambition in becoming a member of the finest regiment in the British Army.

"He will be missed and fondly remembered by everyone who knew him. My family and I are desolated at this news but we will strive to seek inspiration from the example of his courage.

"We fully support the British Army in Afghanistan whilst in no way supporting or condoning a government policy which has placed our young men and women in such dreadful danger. We now ask everyone to allow us the opportunity to share our grief in peace. I thank you all."

On learning of Pte Jackson's death Defence Secretary Des Browne said:

"I was greatly saddened to hear that one of our courageous soldiers was killed whilst on a patrol in Northern Helmand this morning. My thoughts go out to his family and friends. He, like all our troops in Afghanistan, was bringing security and stability to Helmand so that the Afghan people can rebuild their country after decades of war and the tyranny of the Taliban."


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« Reply #73 on: July 17, 2006, 09:33:50 »
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Corporal John Cosby killed in Iraq
17 Jul 06
It is with immense sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Corporal John Johnston Cosby in Iraq on Sunday 16 July 2006.

 
Corporal John Cosby
[Picture: MOD]
Corporal Cosby, 1st Battalion The Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry (1DDLI), died as a result of gunshot wounds following an operation by British Forces to apprehend a key terrorist leader and accomplice in a suburb of North Basra. During the course of the operation British military personnel came under small arms fire and two soldiers sustained gunshot wounds. Sadly, Corporal Cosby subsequently died as a result of his injuries.

Corporal John Cosby was born in Belfast on 12 April 1978 and lived there until he was seven years old. His family moved to Exeter in 1985 where he spent his early years before joining 1DDLI in 1998.

He started his military career as a rifleman in an Armoured Infantry platoon in Warminster before moving to London with the Battalion for ceremonial duties. During this time he served on a six month tour of South Armagh after which he was promoted to Lance Corporal.

When the Battalion was posted to Ballykinler, Northern Ireland, Corporal Cosby was selected from the top soldiers in the Battalion to attempt selection for the Close Observation Platoon (COP). He passed the course with flying colours and went on to spend two years as second in command of a four man team on operations in the Province. He excelled in this role and it soon became obvious that he was ready to attend the Section Commanders’ Battle Course in order to earn promotion to full Corporal. A capable and natural junior commander, he gained a rare Instructor’s Grade Pass; a great accolade, as anybody who has done this exceptionally demanding course will know. On return to the Battalion he joined the Reconnaissance Platoon, a post reserved for the top percentage of infantry soldiers, this time achieving a Distinction on his gunnery course.

Whilst in Iraq, Corporal Cosby’s experience, enthusiasm and style made him an obvious choice to be a team commander in the Brigade Surveillance Company. He excelled on the second gruelling Covert Surveillance Course and became well respected by instructors, superiors and subordinates alike. Over recent months he showed uncompromising professionalism in all aspects of his work, rising naturally to the challenges that the demanding operational theatre poses. 1st Battalion The Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry, based in Catterick, North Yorkshire, is currently three months into a six-and-a-half month tour of Iraq as part of 20th Armoured Brigade.

Corporal Cosby, known as George to his friends, was held in great affection by all who worked with him and those that knew him. He had a relaxed confidence and a manner that was immediately appealing. ‘Mateship’ was important to him and the value in which he held his friends was reciprocated with equal strength. He valued the responsibility he felt for his peers and his subordinates more than his own well-being. Early on in the tour he said to a fellow team commander, "as long as my team goes home safely and my friends go home safely, my job is done".

John was very compassionate and there was something infectious in him that people couldn’t help but like: his determination, his awkward sitting style, his scruffy appearance, his inability to tan even in the desert, his honesty, his lack of sporting prowess, the constantly burning cigarette, the regular mickey-taking of himself and others, his sharp, intelligent wit, his professionalism and his generosity.

"John’s sense of humour was perhaps his most memorable characteristic. His Northern Irish wit meant that a clever observation or delightfully unexpected turn of phrase was never far below the surface. He always saw the lighter side of a situation; he instinctively understood that humour is a force multiplier."
 
Lieutenant Colonel Toffer Beattie
Cpl Cosby's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Toffer Beattie, said:

"It is with the deepest regret that I have to announce the death of Corporal John Cosby. He died this morning, 16 July 2006, as a result of gunshot wounds received as he and his team were engaged by militia gunmen during an operation in Basra City.

"Corporal Cosby and his team were part of the isolation force of a major arrest operation. Following the operation a terrorist who has masterminded many lethal attacks on Multi National Forces was detained and a detailed search of the premises was underway.

"It was at this point that a number of gunmen ambushed Corporal Cosby’s team. In the ensuing fire fight Corporal Cosby was fatally wounded. He was evacuated by helicopter but died soon after reaching the Field Hospital.

"Corporal Cosby, known to all as George (or more commonly as ‘Gorgeous’ George), was a monumental Battalion personality. An Ulsterman in a West Country Regiment he was always going to stand out, but he did so for all the right reasons. First and foremost he was an infantry Junior Non-Commissioned Officer in the finest tradition.

"A long term member of the Reconnaissance Platoon he was tough, determined and a talented low-level tactician. He was no spring chicken but pure willpower and an absolute commitment meant he kept up with the very best.

"John’s sense of humour was perhaps his most memorable characteristic. His Northern Irish wit meant that a clever observation or delightfully unexpected turn of phrase was never far below the surface. He always saw the lighter side of a situation; he instinctively understood that humour is a force multiplier.

"In Iraq Corporal Cosby was a Team Commander with the Brigade Surveillance Company. Hand selected for the task, put through the most demanding selection and trained in specialist techniques, his Company have consistently been in the vanguard of the most important operations so far this deployment.

"It was on such an operation that he was fatally wounded. From initial reports, it is abundantly clear that John was doing his job superbly. He was leading from the front, he was putting the success of the mission and the safety of his men before his own, just as we would have expected from such a well loved and respected soldier.

"John was unmarried. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family, particularly his mother and sister to whom he was very close. He will be sorely missed by the Battalion and the wider Regimental family."

Corporal Cosby’s mother Jean has issued the following statement on behalf of his family:

"Johnston was a great and loving family man. He was an amazing son, brother, uncle and nephew. His sense of humour and bubbly personality will be missed by all of his family and everyone who knew him. His memory will live in all our hearts forever."

The family have asked that its privacy be respected at this tragic and difficult time.


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The Reverend His Honour Major Christopher Lea


(Filed: 21/07/2006)



The Reverend His Honour Major Christopher Lea, who has died aged 88, fulfilled every Victorian father's traditional hope that his younger sons would join the Army, the Law or the Church by entering all three professions.

Lea made his mark as a soldier by earning an MC in the first commando raid of the Second World War, which successfully blew up an Italian bridge. After being captured he read Law in prison camp, which led to his being called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 1948. He practised as a barrister before being becoming a metropolitan magistrate and later a circuit judge. Then, on retiring from the bench, he was ordained priest, and became a much-loved assistant curate at Stratfield Mortimer, Berkshire, for the remaining years of his life.

Christopher Gerald Lea was born at Kidderminster, Worcestershire, on November 27 1917. Christoph, as he was known, went to Charterhouse and Sandhurst, where he hoped to hunt four days a week like his elder brother, the future Lieutenant-General Sir George Lea; but he found that horses were being replaced by armoured vehicles.

Commissioned into the 20th Lancashire Fusiliers, Lea was sent to France on the outbreak of war, and wrote home that he was getting too much food and drink, though not enough exercise, and asking for books on Roman law.

After receiving a shrapnel wound in the Dunkirk retreat, Lea volunteered to be one of the first paratroops with X Troop, II Commando, on an unspecified mission. It was only when Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes, Bt, Chief of Combined Operations, shook hands with each man, saluted, and was heard to say, "It's a pity, it's a pity", that they realised how dangerous the operation would be. They were to blow up a freshwater aqueduct of small importance near the village of Calitri, in the Tragino valley of southern Italy. The object was to test the RAF's skill; the men were then to escape 60 miles to a submarine that was supposed to wait at the coast. The demolition experts and much of the explosive material landed in the wrong place when the 35 men made their jumps from Whitley bombers, and the bridge turned out to be made of concrete instead of brick.

Bemused locals were enrolled to help carry the remaining explosives. One of them was a local stationmaster who protested that he would need a certificate to explain his lateness for work. "Yes, well, that will be quite all right," replied Lea. "I will sign a certificate if you produce it for me." Afterwards he could not recall whether he signed any paper, though he remembered that the stationmaster proved to be a good porter.

Just after midnight the bridge blew up - to hearty British cheers. But as the paratroops split into three parties and set off for their rendezvous, they found themselves sliding back in the mud and melting snow on the steep hills. By the third day, Lea had decided that his group would have to use a road if they were to reach their rendezvous. Drawing his pistol, he led them across a bridge in an eerie silence to find a motley group of soldiers, carabinieri, and male and female peasants emerging from hedges on either side armed with pitchforks, ancient muskets and rifles. The patrol's only option seemed to be to open fire; which would have meant civilian casualties. When a lance-corporal asked whether to shoot, Lea replied "No".

It was a painful decision, not least since it meant a humiliating surrender to a rabble. However, as Lea sat disconsolately afterwards in a barn under arrest, he was grateful to two lance-corporals who settled down on either side to say: "We think you made the right decision, sir."

Ten months after their capture the paratroops were in a prison camp at Sulmona, which was said to be escape-proof because it had three lines of barbed wire fencing and was 600 miles from the Swiss border. "You know, it's high time we made some effort to get out," Lea told his X troop comrade Tony Deane-Drummond.

They pretended to be two Italian electricians and planned to climb a ladder to replace a lamp by one fence, and then to scramble over it and two others. Their first attempt had to be abandoned because two loitering carabinieri were in their way.

On the second, they climbed over a wall into the NCOs' compound, only to be pounced on by guards. The automatic punishment was 21 days' solitary confinement, but all the cells were full; so they were sent back to their compound until there was room, giving them a chance to try again.

The next night the pair collected their specially made ladder, passed the guardroom and sentries and crossed the football pitch to the fences. Deane-Drummond was climbing up when a sentry shouted. He confidently called out Lampa and started to unscrew the light. But there was still light from the stars when it went out, and they were pulling up the ladder when a sentry ran from his box.

As Lea shouted that he should throw away the ladder, Deane-Drummond jumped down to the ground outside the camp with a graze from a bullet. Unaware that Lea had been hit in the groin by the same shot, he got away and, after being captured and then escaping again from a hospital, reached the Swiss border. Bleeding badly, Lea was taken to the camp hospital at the insistence of Dr Patrick Steptoe, who later became an in vitro specialist.

After ending the war in a German PoW camp, Lea served in the Indonesian campaign and in Austria before coming out of the Army, with a mention in dispatches, in 1948.

Following his call to the Bar he joined chambers at 1 Paper Buildings, beginning a common law practice, amid strong competition from other ex-servicemen starting late. He started to prosecute for the police in the lower courts, proving a modest, fair-minded advocate; he once pressed a case against a driver who had run away from a car crash, but was pursued by a witness, the runner Christopher Brasher.

In 1952 Lea married Susan Dorrien-Smith, with whom he was to have two sons and two daughters, one of whom later died.

To make ends meet, he became a metropolitan magistrate, deputy chairman of Berkshire quarter sessions and eventually a circuit judge. Demonstrating a mastery of the quizzical eyebrow, he left no offender unaware of the seriousness of his offence, but was never unduly harsh; he was happiest overseeing adoptions.

Lea had already been a churchwarden and a member of his parochial church council for some years when he retired from the bench in 1992. After being ordained in 1993, he settled down happily as an assistant curate at Stratfield Mortimer in Berkshire, where he put the Eucharist at the centre of his ministry until his death on June 1. Retaining his deprecatory sense of humour, he preached clear, thoughtful sermons, reflecting theological reading; he put his heart into every task, whether it was deanery business, visiting the sick or mowing the grass at the old church on the edge of the village where he had lived for 50 years.

Not the least of his pleasures was officiating, aged 80, at the marriage of his 40-year-old son and at the christening of his grandchildren.