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PostSubject: Re: A Tribute to our lost in Iraq   11th May 2010, 12:55 pm

Sadly to be continued:



The total number of UK troops killed in operations in Iraq has risen to 140 after the death of four soldiers killed by a roadside explosion near Basra in southern Iraq.

Of those who died, 108 are classed as having been killed after hostile action, while 32 have died from illness, non-combat injuries or accidents, or the cause of their death is still unknown.




APRIL 2007

• Four British soldiers were killed by a roadside explosion near Basra on 5 April.
They were named as:
• Second Lieutenant Joanna Yorke Dyer from the Intelligence Corps attached to the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment;
• Corporal Kris O'Neill Royal Army Medical Corps
• Private Eleanor Dlugosz Royal Army Medical Corps;
• Kingsman Adam James Smith from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

A civilian translator also died in the bomb blast, which targeted a Warrior patrol. A fifth soldier was "very seriously injured".


• Rifleman Aaron Lincoln , from the 2nd Battalion, The Rifles, died on 2 April after he was wounded by small arms fire during a routine patrol in Basra in southern Iraq.

• Kingsman Danny Wilson , from Chindit Company, 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, died on 1 April after being wounded while on patrol in the al-Ashar area of Basra.

MARCH 2007

• Private Johnathon Wysoczan from 4 Platoon, B Company, First Battalion, The Staffordshire Regiment, died in the UK on 4 March after being critically injured on patrol in Iraq.

FEBRUARY 2007

• Rifleman Daniel Coffey of the 2nd Battalion The Rifles - formerly 1st Battalion Royal Green Jackets - died in hospital on 28 February, a day after being injured in an attack in Basra.

• Private Luke Simpson , from the 1st Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in a roadside bomb attack on 9 February about five miles outside of Basra.

• Second Lt Jonathan Carlos Bracho-Cooke from the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was killed in the southern part of Basra on 5 February.

JANUARY 2007

• Private Michael Tench , 18, from A Company, 2nd Battalion The Light Infantry, was killed in the northern part of Basra on 21 January after the patrol vehicle he was travelling in was hit by a roadside bomb.

• Kingsman Alexander Green , from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, died after being shot by small arms fire whilst on a task in the Hayy Al Muhandisn District of Basra City.

• Sergeant Wayne Rees , from the 19 Light Brigade, the Queen's Royal Lancers, was killed in a road crash while on patrol in the Maysan province of southern Iraq.

DECEMBER 2006
• Sergeant Graham Hesketh , from the 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was killed by a roadside bomb while taking part in a routine patrol in Basra City in southern Iraq.

NOVEMBER 2006

• Sergeant Jonathan Hollingsworth , of the Parachute Regiment was shot during a "search and detention" operation in Basra. He was taken to a nearby military hospital, where he died from his injuries.

• Warrant Officer Lee Hopkins , 35, of the Royal Corps of Signals;
• Staff Sergeant Sharron Elliott , 34, of the Intelligence Corps;
• Corporal Ben Nowak , 27, of 45 Commando Royal Marines;
• Marine Jason Hylton , 33, of 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines.

• Kingsman Jamie Hancock , 19, of the 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, died after coming under attack from small arms fire while on sentry duty on 6 November 2006.

OCTOBER 2006

• Lieutenant Tom Tanswell , 27, of 58 Battery 12 Regiment Royal Artillery, was killed in a road accident just outside Shaibah Logistics Base near the city of Basra, southern Iraq, on 27 October 2006

• Lance Corporal Dennis Brady was hit in an "indirect fire attack" at the Shatt Al-Arab Hotel after mortars landed inside the UK base in Basra, southern Iraq, on 1 October. from the Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to the 1st Battalion of the Light Infantry.

SEPTEMBER 2006

• Gunner Lee Thornton died on 7 September from injuries sustained in a shooting two days earlier at Al-Qurna, north of Basra
He was serving with 58 Battery, 12 Regiment Royal Artillery.

• Gunner Stephen Wright
• Gunner Samuela Vanua
died in a roadside explosion near Ad Dayr, north of Basra, on 4 September. Both were members of 12 Regiment Royal Artillery.

AUGUST 2006

• Corporal Matthew Cornish , 29, of the 1st Battalion The Light Infantry, died after a mortar attack on a Basra base in the early hours of Tuesday, 1 August.

JULY 2006

• Corporal John Cosby , 27, of the Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry, died after sustaining serious wounds in a firefight after troops were sent to capture suspected insurgents in Garmat Ali, north of Basra, on Saturday, 15 July. Another soldier was slightly wounded during the exchange of fire.

MAY 2006

• Lieutenant Tom Mildinhall , 26, and Lance Corporal Paul Farrelly , 27, both of the 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards (The Welsh Cavalry), were killed when a Land Rover they were travelling in as part of a routine patrol was hit by a roadside bomb in north west Basra on 28 May.

• Lt Mildinhall, from south London, had a younger brother at university and was the son of a retired army officer. He completed his training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in April 2004 and was described as "thoroughly capable" by his commanding officer.

• L/Cpl Farrelly, known as "Fas", from Rhyl in Wales, was married and had three young children. Judged top recruit during basic training at the Army Training Regiment in Winchester, he was described as "knowledgeable, quick-thinking and tough

• Private Joseva Lewaicei , 25,
• Private Adam Morris , 19,
Both from the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, were killed in a roadside bomb explosion just outside the southern city of Basra on 13 May.

Pte Lewaicei, a father of one who was born and grew up in Fiji, was described as a "universally popular" character. Private Morris, who was single and lived with his mother in Leicester, was said to have had a "fine career ahead of him".

Five British troops were killed in a helicopter crash in Basra on 6 May. They were named as:
•Wing Commander John Coxen 46 and based at RAF Benson;
•Flight Lieutenant Sarah-Jayne Mulvihill , 32, RAF Benson;
•Lieutenant Commander Darren Chapman , 40, of 847 Naval Air Squadron in Yeovilton;
•Captain David Dobson , 27, of 847 Naval Air Squadron;
•Marine Paul Collins , 21, of 847 Naval Air Squadron..

APRIL 2006

• Lieutenant Richard Palmer , of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, died after the vehicle he was commanding was caught in a roadside explosion near Ad Dayr, north-west of Basra, on 15 April.

FEBRUARY 2006

• Captain Richard Holmes
• Private Lee Ellis , both from 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment and attached to the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, died in an attack on the outskirts of Amara, in southern Iraq, on 28 February.

They were part of a routine patrol that was targeted by a roadside bomb.

• Trooper Carl Smith , 23, from the 9th/12th Lancers, died after a crash on the outskirts of Basra in southern Iraq on 2 February. He had only been on duty in Iraq for 11 days.

JANUARY 2006

• On 31 January Corporal Gordon Pritchard of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards became the 100th British soldier to die on Iraq-related operations. The 31-year-old died as a result of injuries from a blast in Umm Qasr, Basra province. A number of other personnel were injured in the same incident.

Cpl Pritchard's parents said in a statement that he was "the epitome of a modern, professional soldier" who was "extremely proud" of his regiment.

• Lance Corporal Allan Douglas of the 7th Armoured Brigade, serving with the 1st Battalion The Highlanders, was killed by small arms fire while on patrol in Maysan province, southern Iraq, on 30 January. No other UK personnel were injured in the incident.

NOVEMBER 2005

• Sergeant John Jones , 31, from Birmingham, who served with the 1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was killed in a roadside bomb attack on 20 November in Basra while on routine patrol. Four other soldiers were injured, one seriously.


OCTOBER 2005

• Sergeant Christian Hickey , 30, of the 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards,
was killed on 18 October by a roadside bomb in Basra while on a routine patrol.

Captain Ken Masters , 40, was found dead at the British base in Basra on 15 October in circumstances the Ministry of Defence said were not regarded as suspicious. Capt Masters had served with the Royal Military Police since 1981.


SEPTEMBER 2005

Maj Bacon, 34, from London, was serving in Iraq with the Headquarters Multi National Division South East.
• Fusilier Donal Meade , 20, from Plumstead in south east London,
• Fusilier Stephen Manning , 22, from Erith in Kent,
were killed by a roadside bomb on 5 September.

JULY 2005

• Second Lieutenant Richard Shearer , 26, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire,
Private Leon Spicer , also 26, Tamworth, Staffordshire
Private Phillip Hewett , 21,Tamworth, Staffordshire
died in a roadside bomb blast in Amara, north of Basra, on 16 July.

The troops were patrolling in the central Risaala district when the device was detonated.


JUNE 2005

Signaller Didsbury was described as "outgoing and irrepressibly cheerful"
• Signaller Paul Didsbury , 18, of the Royal Signals, died in a shooting accident on 29 June at Basra airport base, southern Iraq.

MAY 2005

• Lance Corporal Alan Brackenbury , 21, died when a military convoy he was travelling in was hit by an explosion in Amara, north of Basra, on 29 May. Iraqi police said the explosion was caused by a roadside bomb.

• Guardsman Anthony Wakefield , a 24-year-old Coldstream Guard, from the 12th Mechanised Brigade, died on 2 May from injuries sustained when a roadside bomb exploded in Amara the day before.

MARCH 2005

• Private Mark Dobson , 41, from County Durham, who served with the Tyne-Tees Regiment, was found dead in his accommodation at Basra air station. His death is not thought to be a result of hostile action.

JANUARY 2005

• On Sunday 30 January 10 servicemen were killed when an RAF Hercules transport aircraft crashed around 18.5 miles (30km) north west of Baghdad on a flight from the Iraqi capital to Balad airbase. It was the largest single loss of life suffered by the British military in Iraq since operations began in 2003.
Squadron Leader Patrick Marshall, 39, a staff officer with Headquarters Strike Command
Flight Lieutenant David Stead , 35, a pilot with 47 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant Andrew Smith , 25, a pilot with 47 Squadron;
Flight Lieutenant Paul Pardoel , 35, a pilot with 47 Squadron;
Master Engineer Gary Nicholson , 42, who served with 47 Squadron;
Chief Technician Richard Brown , 40, who served with 47 Squadron;
Flight Sergeant Mark Gibson , 34, who served with 47 Squadron;
Sergeant Robert O'Connor , 38, who served with 47 Squadron;
Corporal David Williams , 37, who served with 47 Squadron;
Acting Lance Corporal Steven Jones , 25, a soldier with the Royal Signals.



DECEMBER 2004
• Sergeant Paul Connolly , 33, who served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, was found dead with a gunshot wound at Shaibah Logistic Base, south west of Basra, on 26 December. The death of Sgt Connolly, from Crawley in West Sussex, is not thought to be a result of "hostile action".

NOVEMBER 2004

• Private Pita Tukatukawaqa , 27, a Fijian serving with the Black Watch, died when a roadside bomb hit his Warrior armoured vehicle near Camp Dogwood on 8 November.

• Three Black Watch troops from Fife in Scotland -
Sergeant Stuart Gray , 31;
Private Paul Lowe , 19;
Private Scott McArdle , 22 -
were killed while operating a vehicle checkpoint near Camp Dogwood on 5 November. A suicide bomber drove at the soldiers and detonated his device, and the unit then came under mortar fire. A civilian interpreter, who was not named, was also killed.

OCTOBER 2004

• Staff Sergeant Denise Rose , 34, from Liverpool, of the Royal Military Police's Special Investigation Branch, was found dead from a gunshot at the Army base in the Shatt-al-Arab Hotel in Basra on 31 October. The first death of a female soldier from the UK in Iraq since operations began was not believed to be the result of "hostile action".

• A Black Watch soldier, Private Kevin McHale , 27, from Fife, was killed on 29 October when his Warrior armoured vehicle overturned after the bridge it was crossing collapsed. The MoD said the death was not believed to be the result of "hostile action". Three other soldiers were injured.

SEPTEMBER 2004

• Corporal Marc Taylor , 27, from Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, serving with the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, and Gunner David Lawrence , 25, from Walsall in the West Midlands, of the Royal Artillery, died after a convoy was ambushed south-west of Basra on 28 September.

• Fusilier Stephen Jones , 22, from Denbeigh, serving with the Royal Welch Fusiliers, died in a road traffic accident near Amara on 10 September.

AUGUST 2004

• Lance Corporal Paul Thomas , 29, from Welshpool in Powys, serving with 2nd Battalion The Light Infantry, was killed in a gunfight with insurgents in Basra on 17 August.

• On 12 August, Private Marc Ferns , 21, from Glenrothes in Fife, died after an improvised bomb attack in the southern city of Basra. He was on his second tour of duty with the Black Watch regiment.

• Private Lee O'Callaghan , 20, from London, of the 1st Battalion Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment, was killed in Basra during an attack by insurgents on 9 August.

• On 4 August, Private Christopher Rayment , 22, was killed at Amara in what the MoD said was a "tragic accident". He came from London and was serving with the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment.


JULY 2004

• Flight Lieutenant Kristian Gover was killed in a helicopter accident at Basra International Airport on 19 July. Aged 30, he was a Puma helicopter pilot serving with 33 Squadron, based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire.

JUNE 2004

• Fusilier Gordon Gentle , 19, of the 1st Battalion Royal Highland Fusiliers was killed and two other soldiers injured when a roadside bomb went off next to their convoy in Basra on 28 June.

FEBRUARY 2004\

• On 12 February, Corporal Richard Ivell , 29, of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, was killed in a vehicle accident at Shaibah Logistics Base. Cpl Ivell was from near Doncaster in South Yorkshire.

JANUARY 2004

• A "tragic accident" claimed the life of Sapper Robert Thomson , 22, from West Lothian, in Basra on 31 January.

• Rifleman Vincent Windsor , 23, from Oxfordshire, serving with the Royal Green Jackets, died in a road accident at Amara on 21 January.

• Lance Corporal Andrew Craw , 21, of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, died on 7 January as the result of what the MoD said was a "tragic incident" on a training range near Basra. He was from Clackmannanshire.

• A road accident in Baghdad on 1 January 2004 left two British soldiers dead. They were
Major James Stenner , 30, from Monmouthshire, of the Welsh Guards,
Sergeant Norman Patterson , 28, from Staffordshire, of the Cheshire Regiment, although both were understood by the BBC to be serving with the SAS when they died.

NOVEMBER 2003

• On 6 November, Private Ryan Thomas , 18, of the Royal Regiment of Wales, was killed in a road accident in Basra. Pte Thomas was from Resolven, near Neath, in Glamorgan.

OCTOBER 2003

• Corporal Ian Plank , a 31-year-old from Poole in Dorset serving with the Royal Marines, was killed by "hostile fire" during an operation on 31 October.


SEPTEMBER 2003

• Sergeant John Nightingale , a Territorial Army soldier, of 217 Transport Squadron, died in an incident on 23 September while serving at Shaibah, near Basra. The MoD said the death of the 32-year-old from Leeds, which is under investigation, involved a firearm but was not the result of enemy action.

AUGUST 2003

• Fusilier Russell Beeston , a Territorial Army soldier in the 52nd Lowland Regiment, was killed on 27 August after a crowd surrounded his patrol vehicle in Ali As Sharqi, southern Iraq, and opened fire with guns and rocket-propelled grenades. He was 26 and from Govan.

• Three soldiers from the Royal Military Police were killed driving in central Basra on 23 August when a group of men in a truck drew up alongside and opened fire with what witnesses said were machine guns. The dead were named as:
Major Matthew Titchener , 32, from Southport on Merseyside, the commanding officer of 150 Provost Company, Royal Military Police;
Company Sergeant Major Colin Wall , 34, from Crawleyside, County Durham;
Corporal Dewi Pritchard , 35, a Territorial Army soldier from Bridgend in Wales.

• Captain David Jones , 29, from Louth in Lincolnshire and serving with the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, was killed during a bomb attack on a military ambulance in Basra that was delivering humanitarian aid. Two other soldiers were injured in the incident.

• Private Jason Smith , from Hawick in Roxburghshire, of 52nd Lowland Regiment, died on 13 August in southern Iraq. A coroner said the 32-year-old soldier died of heat exhaustion after his body temperature soared to 41.1C (106F).


JULY 2003

• Captain James Linton , 43, of 40 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, collapsed and died on 18 July after a training run at a military base in Az Zubayr, southern Iraq.


JUNE 2003

• Six Royal Military Police soldiers were killed at a civilian police station in Al Majar al-Kabir, near Basra, on 24 June. They were:
Sergeant Simon Alexander Hamilton-Jewell , 41, from Chessington in Surrey;
Corporal Russell Aston , 30, from Swadlincote, Derbyshire;
Corporal Paul Long , 24, from Colchester in Essex;
Corporal Simon Miller , 21, from Washington in Tyne and Wear;
Lance-Corporal Benjamin Hyde , 23, from Northallerton in Yorkshire;
Lance-Corporal Thomas Keys , 20, from near Bala in Gwynedd.


MAY 2003

• Leonard Harvey , 55, from Wattisham in Suffolk, a civilian member of the Defence Fire Service, died in a UK hospital on 22 May after falling ill in the Gulf.

• Corporal David Shepherd , 34, an RAF policeman, died in Kuwait, believed to be from natural causes.

• Gunner Duncan Pritchard , 22, serving with the RAF Regiment, died in hospital in the UK on 8 May, following injuries sustained in a traffic accident in Iraq.

• On 6 May, Private Andrew Kelly , 18, from Tavistock in Devon and serving with the 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, died in a shooting accident at his barracks near Basra.

Acting Chief Petty Officer Simon Owen , 38, who was not assigned to operations connected with Iraq, died of natural causes aboard HMS Chatham in the Gulf in December 2004.
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