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Sergeant Jonathan William Mathews of The Highlanders, 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland was killed in Afghanistan on 28 July 2008.

Sergeant Jonathan Mathews, The Highlanders, 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, aged 35 from Edinburgh
Lance Corporal Kenneth Michael Rowe of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, attached to 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, 24 July 2008.

Lance Corporal Kenneth Michael Rowe, Royal Army Veterinary Corps, aged 24 from Newcastle
Corporal Jason Stuart Barnes from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers was killed in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, 22 July 2008.

Corporal Jason Stuart Barnes, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, aged 25 from Exeter
Lance Corporal James Johnson, B Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland was killed while part of a vehicle checkpoint patrol operating in the Lashkar Gar area on Saturday, 28 June 2008.

Lance Corporal James Johnson, B Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland aged 31 from Scotland
Warrant Officer 2nd Class Dan Shirley of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps was killed while on a Logistic Patrol from Sangin to Camp Bastion when the vehicle he was travelling in rolled over on Friday, 27 June 2008.

Warrant Officer 2nd Class Dan Shirley, Air Assault Support Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps, aged 32 from Leicester
Warrant Officer 2nd Class Michael Williams of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) and Private Joe Whittaker from 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment were killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, 24 June 2008.

Warrant Officer 2nd Class Michael Norman Williams, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, aged 40 from Cardiff
Private Joe John Whittaker, 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment, aged 20 from Stratford Upon Avon
Corporal Sarah Bryant, Corporal Sean Reeve, Lance Corporal Richard Larkin and Paul Stout were killed near Lashkar Gah in Helmand province on Tuesday, 17 June 2008.

Corporal Sarah Bryant, Intelligence Corps, aged 26 from Liverpool
Corporal Sean Robert Reeve, Royal Signals, aged 28
Lance Corporal Richard Larkin, aged 39, and
Paul Stout, aged 31
Lance Corporal James Bateman and Private Jeff Doherty, both of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, were killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Thursday, 12 June 2008.

Lance Corporal James Bateman, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, aged 29 from Staines, Middlesex, and
Private Jeff Doherty, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, aged 20 from Southam, Warwickshire
Private Nathan Cuthbertson, Private Daniel Gamble and Private Charles Murray of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) were killed when their patrol suffered a suicide explosive device on Sunday, 8 June 2008 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Private Nathan Cuthbertson, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, aged 19 from Sunderland,
Private Daniel Gamble, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, aged 22 from Uckfield, East Sussex, and
Private Charles David Murray, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, aged 19 from Carlisle
Marine Dale Gostick was killed near Sangin, Helmand province on 25 May 2008.

Marine Dale Gostick, 3 Troop Armoured Support Company, Royal Marines, aged 22 from Oxford
James Thompson was killed in the Musa Qaleh area of Afghanistan on 19 May 2008.

James Thompson
Trooper Ratu Sakeasi Babakobau of the Household Cavalry Regiment was killed in Helmand, Afghanistan, on 2 May 2008.

Trooper Ratu Sakeasi Babakobau, Household Cavalry Regiment, aged 29 from Fiji
Trooper Robert Pearson of the Queen's Royal Lancers Regiment was killed in Afghanistan on 21 April 2008.

Trooper Robert Pearson, The Queen's Royal Lancers Regiment, aged 22 from Grimsby
Senior Aircraftman Graham Livingstone of the Royal Air Force Regiment and Senior Aircraftman Gary Thompson of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiment died when the vehicle they were travelling in was caught in an explosion in Kandahar Province on Sunday, 13 April 2008.

Senior Aircraftman Graham Livingstone, Royal Air Force Regiment, aged 23 from Glasgow
Senior Aircraftman Gary Thompson, Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiment, aged 51 from Nottingham
Lieutenant John Thornton and Marine David Marsh, both of 40 Commando Royal Marines, died when the vehicle they were travelling in was caught in an explosion in the vicinity of Kajaki, Helmand province on Sunday, 30 March 2008.

Lieutenant John Thornton, 40 Commando Royal Marines, aged 22 from Ferndown
Marine David Marsh, 40 Commando Royal Marines, aged 23 from Sheffield
Corporal Damian Mulvihill from 40 Commando Royal Marines was killed in an explosion while taking part in an outreach patrol to disrupt enemy forces north of Sangin in Helmand province on Wednesday, 20 February 2008.

Corporal Damian Mulvihill, 40 Commando Royal Marines, aged 32 from Plymouth
Corporal Damian Stephen Lawrence was killed during a joint UK - Afghan National Army night patrol in Kajaki in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan on Sunday, 17 February 2008.

Corporal Damian Stephen Lawrence, 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards), aged 25 from Whitby
Corporal Darryl Gardiner (REME) was killed near the town of Musa Qaleh in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan on Sunday, 20 January 2008.

Corporal Darryl Gardiner, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, aged 25 from Salisbury in Wiltshire
Sergeant Lee Johnson of 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) was killed in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, 8 December 2007.

Sergeant Lee Johnson, 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, aged 33 from Stockton-on-Tees
Trooper Jack Sadler of The Honourable Artillery Company was killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan on 4 December 2007.

Trooper Jack Sadler, The Honourable Artillery Company, aged 21 from Exeter
Captain John McDermid of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, was killed in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, 14 November 2007.

Captain John McDermid, The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, aged 43 from Glasgow
Lance Corporal Jake Alderton of 36 Engineer Regiment died in southern Afghanistan on Friday, 9 November 2007 the vehicle he was travelling in left the road and rolled off a bridge.

Lance Corporal Jake Alderton, 36 Engineer Regiment, aged 22 from Bexley
Major Alexis Roberts, serving with 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (but usually an Officer of 2nd Battalion RGR) died as a result of an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, 4 October 2007.

Major Alexis Roberts, 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, aged 32 from Kent
Colour Sergeant Phillip Newman, 4th Battalion The Mercian Regiment, and Private Brian Tunnicliffe, 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters), died in a tragic accident in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, 20 September 2007.

Colour Sergeant Phillip Newman, 4th Battalion The Mercian Regiment, aged 36 and
Private Brian Tunnicliffe, 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters), aged 33 from Ilkeston
Corporal Ivano Violino from 36 Engineer Regiment died in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan on Monday, 17 September 2007.

Corporal Ivano Violino from 36 Engineer Regiment, aged 29 from Salford
Sergeant Craig Brelsford and Private Johan Botha, both from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters), were killed in Helmand Province on Saturday, 8 September 2007.

Sergeant Craig Brelsford, 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, aged 25 from Nottingham, and
Private Johan Botha, 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, from South Africa
Private Damian Wright and Private Ben Ford, both from the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters), were killed in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, on the morning of Wednesday, 5 September 2007.

Private Damian Wright, 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, aged 23 from Mansfield, and
Private Ben Ford, 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, aged 18 from Chesterfield
Senior Aircraftman Christopher Bridge from C flight, 51 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment was killed in Kandahar Province, southern Afghanistan on the morning of 30 August 2007.

Senior Aircraftman Christopher Bridge from C flight, 51 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment, aged 20, from Sheffield
Privates Aaron James McClure, Robert Graham Foster and John Thrumble of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment were killed after air support was called in during a fire fight with the Taliban and a bomb tragically struck the soldier's position, north west of Kajaki, in northern Helmand Province on Thursday, 23 August 2007.

Private Aaron James McClure, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, aged 19 from Ipswich
Private Robert Graham Foster, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, aged 19 from Harlow
Private John Thrumble, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, aged 21 from Chelmsford
Captain David Hicks of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment was killed during an attack on his patrol base north east of Sangin in Helmand Province on Saturday, 11 August 2007.

Captain David Hicks of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, aged 26 from Surrey
Private Tony Rawson of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment was killed in southern Afghanistan on Friday, 10 August 2007.

Private Tony Rawson of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, aged 27 from Dagenham, Essex
Lance Corporal Michael Jones Royal Marines was killed in action during operations in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, 29 July 2007.

Lance Corporal Michael Jones Royal Marines, aged 26 from Newbald, Yorkshire
Sergeant Barry Keen of 14 Signal Regiment was killed by a mortar attack in southern Afghanistan on Friday, 27 July 2007.

Sergeant Barry Keen of 14 Signal Regiment, aged 34 from Gateshead
Guardsman David Atherton from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards was killed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, 26 July 2007.

Guardsman David Atherton from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, aged 25 from Manchester
Lance Corporal Alex Hawkins, aged 22, of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, was killed in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, 25 July 2007.

Lance Corporal Alex Hawkins, of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, aged 22 from East Dereham, Norfolk
Guardsman Daryl Hickey from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards was killed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, 12 July 2007. Gdsm Hickey was part of a fire team providing covering fire as others in his platoon assaulted a Taliban position.

Guardsman Daryl Hickey 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, aged 27 from Birmingham
Sergeant Dave Wilkinson, from 19 Regiment Royal Artillery died following an explosion during a routine joint patrol with the Afghan National Army in Gereshk, Helmand province on Sunday, 1 July 2007.

Sergeant Dave Wilkinson, from 19 Regiment Royal Artillery, aged 33, from Ashford, Kent
Captain Sean Dolan of the 1st Battalion, The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, died as a result of a mortar round in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on Saturday, 30 June 2007.

Captain Sean Dolan, of 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, aged 40 from the West Midlands
Drummer Thomas Wright, 21, from 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, was killed on Sunday, 24 June 2007 when the vehicle he was travelling in was caught in an explosion near Lashkar Gah, Helmand province.

Drummer Thomas Wright, 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, aged 21 from Ripley, Derbyshire
Guardsman Neil 'Tony' Downes was killed on Saturday, 9 June 2007 when his vehicle was hit by an explosion on a patrol with the Afghan National Army close to the town of Sangin in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Guardsman Neil 'Tony' Downes, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, aged 20 from Manchester
Lance Corporal Paul "Sandy" Sandford, from 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, was killed while taking part in an offensive patrol with his company aimed at disrupting Taliban forces in the Upper Gereshk Valley area of Helmand Province on Wednesday, 6 June 2007.

Lance Corporal Paul "Sandy" Sandford, 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, aged 23, from Nottingham
Corporal Mike Gilyeat, from the Royal Military Police, died on Wednesday, 30 May 2007 when the American Chinook helicopter he was travelling in crashed in the Kajaki area of northern Helmand.

Corporal Mike Gilyeat, Royal Military Police, aged 28
Corporal Darren Bonner of the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment died on Monday, 28 May 2007, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as a result of an incident involving an explosive device.

Corporal Darren Bonner, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, aged 31 from Norfolk
Guardsman Daniel Probyn from 1st Battalion the Grenadier Guards died on Saturday, 26 May 2007 following an overnight operation in Garmsir, southern Afghanistan.

Guardsman Daniel Probyn, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, aged 22 from Tipton
Lance Corporal George Russell Davey was killed on Sunday, 20 May 2007 as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic accident at the British base in Sangin, Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal George Russell Davey, 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment, aged 23 from Suffolk
Guardsman Simon Davison, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards was killed by small arms fire in the town of Garmsir on Thursday, 3 May 2007.

Guardsman Simon Davison, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, aged 22 from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Private Chris Gray was killed in action whilst fighting the Taliban in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Friday, 13 April 2007.

Private Chris Gray, A Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, aged 19 from Leicestershire
Warrant Officer Class 2 Michael Smith from 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery died from injuries sustained when a grenade was fired at the UK base in Sangin, Helmand Province, on Thursday, 8 March 2007.

WO2 Michael 'Mick' Smith, 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, aged 39 from Liverpool
Marine Benjamin Reddy of 42 Commando Royal Marines was killed when his unit came under fire in the Kajaki area of Helmand Province on Tuesday, 6 March 2007.

Marine Benjamin Reddy, 42 Commando Royal Marines, aged 22 from Ascot in Berkshire
Lance Bombardier Ross Clark and Lance Bombardier Liam McLaughlin, both of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, were killed during a rocket attack in the Sangin area of Helmand province on Saturday, 3 March 2007.

Lance Bombardier Ross Clark aged 25 from South Africa, and Lance Bombardier Liam McLaughlin, aged 21 from Lancashire
Marine Scott Summers of 42 Commando Royal Marines died as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic accident earlier that month in Afghanistan on Wednesday, 21 February 2007.

Marine Scott Summers, 42 Commando Royal Marines, aged 23 from Crawley, East Sussex
Royal Marine Jonathan Holland, from 45 Commando was killed by an anti-personnel mine during a routine patrol in the Sangin District of Helmand province on 21 February 2007.

Marine Jonathan Holland, 45 Commando Royal Marines, aged 23 from Chorley in Lancashire
Lance Corporal Ford, from 45 Commando Royal Marines, died in Afghanistan on Monday, 15 January 2007 when elements of 45 Commando Royal Marines were engaged in a deliberate offensive operation to the south of Garmsir in southern Helmand, Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Mathew Ford, 45 Commando Royal Marines, aged 30 from Immingham, Lincolnshire
Royal Marine Thomas Curry died on Saturday, 13 January 2007 when elements of 42 Commando Royal Marines were engaged in a deliberate offensive operation near Kajaki, in Northern Helmand, Afghanistan.

Marine Thomas Curry, 42 Commando Royal Marines, aged 21 from East London
Lance Bombardier James Dwyer was killed when the vehicle he was driving struck an anti-tank mine whilst on a patrol in southern Helmand on Wednesday, 27 December 2006.

Lance Bombardier James Dwyer, 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, aged 22
Marine Richard J Watson was killed on Tuesday, 12 December 2006, in Now Zad, in the North of Helmand, Afghanistan.

Marine Richard J Watson, 42 Commando Royal Marines, aged 23 from Caterham, Surrey
Marine Jonathan Wigley died as a result of wounds sustained during an operation on the outskirts of the village of Garmsir, southern Helmand, on Tuesday, 5 December 2006.

Marine Jonathan Wigley, 45 Commando Royal Marines, aged 21 from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Marine Gary Wright died as a result of injuries sustained when a suicide-borne improvised explosive device detonated next to the vehicle in which he was patrolling in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on 19 October 2006.

Marine Gary Wright, 45 Commando Royal Marines, aged 22 from Glasgow
Lance Corporal Paul Muirhead, who was very seriously injured during an attack by insurgents in northern Helmand Province on Friday, 1 September 2006, died from his injuries on Wednesday, 6 September 2006.

Lance Corporal Paul Muirhead, 1 Royal Irish Regiment, aged 29 from Bearley, Warwickshire
Lance Corporal Luke McCulloch of 1 Royal Irish Regiment died as a result of a contact with insurgent forces in northern Helmand Province on Wednesday, 6 September 2006.

Lance Corporal Luke McCulloch, 1 Royal Irish Regiment, aged 21
Corporal Mark William Wright was killed when a routine patrol encountered an unmarked minefield in the region of Kajaki, Helmand Province on Wednesday, 6 September 2006.

Corporal Mark William Wright, 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, aged 27 from Edinburgh
Private Craig O'Donnell was killed after the military convoy he was travelling in was attacked by a suspected suicide bomber in Kabul on Monday, 4 September 2006.

Private Craig O'Donnell, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, aged 24 from Clydebank
Fourteen personnel were killed following the crash of a Nimrod MR2 aircraft on Saturday, 2 September 2006. They were:

Flight Lieutenant Steven Johnson, aged 38, from Collingham, Notts
Flight Lieutenant Leigh Anthony Mitchelmore, aged 28 from Bournemouth
Flight Lieutenant Gareth Rodney Nicholas, aged 40 from Newquay, Cornwall
Flight Lieutenant Allan James Squires , aged 39, from Clatterbridge
Flight Lieutenant Steven Swarbrick, aged 28, from Liverpool
Flight Sergeant Gary Wayne Andrews, aged 48 from Tankerton in Kent
Flight Sergeant Stephen Beattie, aged 42 from Dundee
Flight Sergeant Gerard Martin Bell, aged 48, was from Ely, Cambridgeshire
Flight Sergeant Adrian Davies, aged 49 from Amersham, Bucks
Sergeant Benjamin James Knight aged 25 from Bridgwater
Sergeant John Joseph Langton, aged 29 from Liverpool
Sergeant Gary Paul Quilliam, aged 42 from Manchester
Corporal Oliver Simon Dicketts, the Parachute Regiment, aged 27
Mne Joseph David Windall, Royal Marines, aged 22
Ranger Anare Draiva of 1 Royal Irish Regiment, died during a contact in Helmand Province at 1600 local time on Friday, 1 September 2006.

Ranger Anare Draiva, 1 Royal Irish Regiment, aged 27 from Fiji
Lance Corporal Jonathan Peter Hetherington died following an attack on the Platoon House in Musa Qal'eh, northern Helmand Province in the early hours of 27 August 2006.

Lance Corporal Jonathan Peter Hetherington, 14 Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), aged 22 from South Wales
Corporal Bryan James Budd was killed as a result of injuries sustained during a fire fight with Taliban forces in Sangin, Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan on Sunday, 20 August 2006.

Corporal Bryan James Budd, 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, aged 29 from Ripon
Lance Corporal Sean Tansey from The Life Guards was killed in an accident at a UK military base in Northern Helmand province on the afternoon of Saturday, 12 August 2006.

Lance Corporal Sean Tansey, The Life Guards, aged 26 from Washington, Tyne and Wear
Private Leigh Reeves was killed in a Road Traffic Accident at Camp Souter in Kabul on Wednesday, 9 August 2006.

Private Leigh Reeves, Royal Logistic Corps, aged 25 from Leicester
Private Andrew Barrie Cutts was killed during operations against insurgent positions in Helmand Province on Sunday, 6 August 2006.

Private Andrew Barrie Cutts, Air Assault Support Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, aged 19 from Mansfield
Captain Alex Eida, Second Lieutenant Ralph Johnson and Lance Corporal Ross Nicholls were killed following an incident involving insurgent forces in northern Helmand Province on the morning of Tuesday, 1 August 2006.

Captain Alex Eida, Royal Horse Artillery, aged 29 from Surrey,
Second Lieutenant Ralph Johnson, Household Cavalry Regiment, aged 24 from Windsor, and
Lance Corporal Ross Nicholls, Blues and Royals, aged 27 from Edinburgh
Private Damien Jackson of 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment was killed in an incident involving insurgent forces on Wednesday, 5 July 2006.

Private Damien Jackson, 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, aged 19 from South Shields, Tyne and Wear
Corporal Peter Thorpe and Lance Corporal Jabron Hashmi, from the 3rd Para Battlegroup, were killed following an incident in Sangin, Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan on 1 July 2006.

Corporal Peter Thorpe, Royal Signals, aged 27 from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, and
Lance Corporal Jabron Hashmi, Intelligence Corps, aged 24 from Birmingham
Captain David Patton and Sergeant Paul Bartlett were killed on the morning of 27 June 2006 in Helmand province.

Captain David Patton, The Parachute Regiment, aged 38, and
Sergeant Paul Bartlett, Royal Marines, aged 35
Captain Jim Philippson 7 Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery died in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan on the evening of Sunday, 11 June 2006 when the mobile patrol in which he was travelling was engaged in a firefight against suspected Taliban forces.

Captain Jim Philippson, 7 Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, aged 29 from St Albans in Hertfordshire
Lance Corporal Peter Edward Craddock of 1st Battalion The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment died as a result of a road traffic accident in Lashkar Gah, Southern Afghanistan on Monday, 27 March 2006.

Lance Corporal Peter Edward Craddock, 1st Battalion The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment, aged 31
Corporal Mark Cridge of 7 Signal Regiment died in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, on 22 March 2006.

Corporal Mark Cridge, 7 Signal Regiment, aged 25
Lance Corporal Steven Sherwood of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry was killed on 29 October 2005, as a result of hostile action in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. Five other members of Sherwood's patrol were injured when they came under fire.

Lance Corporal Steven Sherwood, 1st Battalion, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry, aged 23 from Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Private Jonathan Kitulagoda was killed, and four soldiers injured, by an apparent suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan on Wednesday, 28 January 2004. Private Kitulagoda was aged 23 and came from Clifton in Bedfordshire and was a student in Plymouth. A member of the Rifle Volunteers, a Territorial Army battalion, he was serving in Kabul with the International Security Assistance Force.

Private Jonathan Kitulagoda, the Rifle Volunteers, aged 23 from Clifton, Bedfordshire
Sergeant Robert Busuttil and Corporal John Gregory, both aged thirty, died from gunshot wounds at the British base at Kabul International Airport, on 17 August 2002.

Sergeant Robert Busuttil, and
Corporal John Gregory both from the Royal Logistic Corps
Private Darren John George from the Royal Anglian Regiment died on Tuesday, 9 April 2002 following an incident during a security patrol in Kabul.

Private Darren John George, the Royal Anglian Regiment

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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.

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