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inmemoriam

CORPORAL JAMES WALTERS ARMY AIR CORPS

Born on 11 January 1978, Corporal James Walters, who was killed in the Lynx helicopter crash in Afghanistan, joined the Army in March 1996 as a Driver. He subsequently moved to 668 Squadron at the School of Army Aviation at Middle Wallop where he completed additional training before being posted to 5 Regiment, Army Air Corps in Northern Ireland in 1998. In April 2001, he moved to 4 Regiment Army Air Corps at Wattisham and undertook training to become ground crew on the Apache helicopter. He subsequently moved to 3 Regiment Army Air Corps completing an operational tour in Kuwait during the conflict in 2003.

Operating with the Lynx helicopter force he proved to be a highly competent crewman, deploying to Afghanistan on numerous occasions in support of UK Armed Forces.

A highly respected Junior Non-Commissioned Officer, he was a consummate professional and an example to all who served with him.

His Commanding Officer paid tribute:

"Corporal James Walters, or 'Bungle' as he was known, was a hugely
committed soldier who had served with distinction throughout the Army
Air Corps. Respected and well liked, he was always a mentor and friend
to the less experienced members of the Unit. Never afraid to face the
challenges of operations in Afghanistan, he served with immense skill
and bravery. A huge character, the loss of Bungle has devastated the
Squadron and our thoughts and prayers are with his young family at this
immensely sad time".

The Commander for the deployed Lynx Detachment said of him:

"Cpl James Walters was a loyal, dependable and extremely professional
aviator who was a privilege to command. His quiet demeanour masked his
extremely quick wit and he would regularly be at the centre of any
debate; especially when the subject involved rugby or Cornwall. I was
fortunate enough to have flown with Cpl Walters on numerous occasions
back at Royal Air Force Odiham and his professionalism in the aircraft
was unsurpassed. He was never found wanting and was always the first to
volunteer he was liked and respected by all who knew him. It is fair to
say that amongst Lynx aircrew in the Army Air Corps he was known and
liked without exception. A professional soldier, a devoted father and a
loving husband he will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are
with his wife Tracey, daughter Lainey and his family and friends at this
difficult time".

His family paid the following tribute:

"We cannot begin to comprehend the tragic loss of a beautiful and loving
husband, daddy, son, and brother. James has left a huge hole in all our
hearts".

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British military casualties - Editorial policy

In the service of our country.

Eulogies for all personnel killed on UK operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere are posted as soon as they have been released by the UK Ministry of Defence. Each eulogy we publish for men down in operations brings a lump to the throat. We are losing the best of the best. Politicians must ensure that, when the newspaper cuttings have faded, their sacrifice has had some meaning, has helped bring about a good result. Anything else would be a waste for which they will be eternally condemned.

There is invariably at least a 24 hour gap between the official release of news of an event and the naming of the dead. This is to allow families to be informed and proper eulogoies to be produced. Occasionally families request no euologies or comment. We abide by guidance we receive on such sensitive matters. We regret that information on those who sacrifice almost as much through grave injury is seldom released by the MoD for operational reasons, and so we are unable to pay tribute.

 

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