Sunday, 23 July 2017
logo
Up-to-the-minute perspectives on defence, security and peace
issues from and for policy makers and opinion leaders.
        



dv-header-dday
     |      View our Twitter page at twitter.com/defenceredbox     |     

inmemoriam

40 Commando Royal Marines

Corporal Christopher Lewis Harrison was 26 years old; he was born inWatford, and lived in Taunton with his wife Rebecca. He entered RoyalMarines Recruit Training at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marineson 13 March 2003, passing for duty on 18 December 2003.

Corporal Harrison had previously served with the Fleet Protection GroupRoyal Marines, and had qualified as a Heavy Weapons (Mortars) specialistin 2005. In 2007 he deployed with 40 Commando Royal Marines on Operation HERRICK 7 and he had recently returned from an amphibiousexercise in the Mediterranean and the Far East. In January 2010 he wasselected for, and successfully passed, Junior Command Training at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines. Returning to 40 Commando hethen deployed on Operation HERRICK 12 as a Mortar Fire Controller withBravo Company, based at Patrol Base SHUGA.

During a deliberate Operation on the morning of Sunday 9 May 2010, BravoCompany was conducting a patrol alongside the Afghanistan National Army,in order to help provide security for the local population of Sangin.At approximately 0620 hours local, south of Patrol Base SHUGA, CorporalHarrison was fatally wounded in an explosion.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul James, Commanding Officer 40 Commando Group,Combined Force Sangin said:

"Corporal Chris Harrison embodied the best of his generation; fit,bright, dedicated and incredibly courageous. He died leading his fellowmarines in an Operation to disrupt an insurgency threat in Sangin. A

larger than life character, both in stature and personality, he was oneof the few men who was known across the whole of 40 Commando. Heachieved legendary status amongst his cohort having overcome snakebites

in Brunei and delivering rapid and accurate mortar fire support on this,his second deployment to Afghanistan. He is a man who will be sorelymissed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, family and

friends. Corporal Chris Harrison was, and will always be, the modelCommando."

Major Mark Totten, Officer Commanding Bravo Company, 40 Commando RoyalMarines said:

"Cpl Chris 'H-Bomb' Harrison was a towering Mortar-man, whose physicalpresence matched his professional competence; but his sheer characteroutweighed them both. He was extremely popular across the entireCommando Unit, especially Mortar Troop and had the knack of makingfriends easily, no matter whose company he was in. He was undoubtedlythe focal point of Troop morale. Chris was a junior Mortar FireController but was the complete master of his brief and hisprofessionalism was immediately apparent when he arrived in B Coy. Hiscompetence was a reassuring hand on the shoulder of those he shared a

patrol base with; they knew he could rapidly bring his skills to bear insupport of them. He led from the front, not just through his impressivephysical presence but with character and grit; he possessed the commando

qualities in spades and was always first to volunteer, especially in theface of danger. He confronted danger like he approached everythingelse, with an infectious sense of humour. On operations in Helmand he

was determined to be in the thick of it and was immensely proud of whathe achieved. He was a Bootneck in every sense, took life by the collarand got the very most out of it. He will be mourned and missed as we

push on in his spirit."

Corporal Harrison's wife Rebecca said:

"This is the most devastating news of my life I have lost the mostfantastic husband I could ever have wished for. Even though I knew andfully supported what Chris did as a Royal Marine and the dangers he was

facing, I am still broken by his loss. Chris was my life he was mymotivator and my inspiration, my rock, the one person with whom I sharedeverything. It hurts me beyond words knowing that I will never have my

beloved husband by my side ever again and we will never raise the familythat we so desperately craved to complete our lives together. He willforever live in my heart."

Corporal Harrison's parents, Martin and Gill said:

"We have lost a wonderful and loving son and brother who was devoted to'Becky' his wife, and all of his family. He was an outstanding youngman with qualities way beyond his young years. Although he had to be

tough, demanding and in peak physical condition to do his job as a RoyalMarine he was also caring, kind and considerate to those he truly loved.We are extremely proud of our son Chris and what he achieved in his

short but exceptional life, we will preserve his memory forever."

Corporal Harrison's older brother Russ (28) said:

"Chris was an outstanding bloke and Royal Marine who absolutely lovedhis job, his mates and his wife. Although this is the worst possiblenews for all of our family, I know that Chris would want his mates still

serving out there to keep their minds focused on the job, come back safeand have a massive drink of port in his honour. His humour, generosityand kindness will be dearly missed by everyone especially me. All of my

memories are of him and the massive grin on his face, and I know that ishow he would want to be remembered. RIP mate, I will never forget you. x"

Major Richard Muncer, Officer Commanding Command Company, 40 CommandoRoyal Marines said:

"Corporal Harrison was an outstanding Royal Marine and Junior Non Commissioned Officer who it was a privilege to have commanded. He was one of the key personalities in Mortar Troop, who was immensely popular and respected across the Unit. Everything he undertook during his time with the Royal Marines was always done with unwavering commitment and enthusiasm; he set the best of examples to us all and exemplified the spirit of being a Royal Marine Commando. Corporal Harrison was exceptionally good at his job, which he loved, and his infectious sense of humour meant that he was always at the centre of things. He will leave a gap that will be very difficult to fill at 40 Commando, especially within Command Company and Mortar Troop."

Lieutenant Matthew O'Sullivan, Officer Commanding 4 Troop, Bravo Company40 Commando Royal Marines said:

"Corporal Harrison was attached to 4 Troop from the start of our Op HERRICK 12 tour. His role within the Troop was to assist in the Fire Support Role, co-ordinating mortars and other air assets in order to aid

troops on the ground. This role was of paramount importance providing feedback from surveillance assets regarding insurgent activity in the area and more importantly the ability to protect troops on the ground

when under contact by providing smoke screens and fire missions.

"From the beginning of the tour, Corporal Harrison was a key figure in the Troop planning process for future operations, and also at the forefront of Troop banter. His manner was that of an older brother to the majority of Marines, by keeping up morale with his loud sense of humour and also showing a fierce determination to protect the Marines working alongside him.

"Corporal Harrison will be deeply missed by all of 4 Troop; his wonderful personality and high professionalism made a distinct impression on all the Marines in PB SHUGA and all our thoughts and prayers are with his family and wife who he spoke dearly of throughout his time in Afghanistan."

Sergeant Simon Smith, Mortar Line Commander, Bravo Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines said:

"Cpl Chris Harrison, Mortar Troop - a man who was immensely popular. Cpl Harrison fulfilled the role of 'B' Mortar Fire Controller to the full. Although relatively junior he excelled in his timely, accurate reporting and battle appreciation. A huge figure, Chris led from the front; his huge frame seem to pale any large Bergen into insignificance. Chris was a true Bootneck both at work and ashore. His sense of humour always revealed itself before, during and after a few ales. Apart from his outstanding professionalism, my memories of him will always include his bar antics in Penang on Exercise Taurus, when the RSM christened him 'the madman of Malaysia', after watching him in one of the bars. You will be forever in our thoughts mate."

Sergeant Matthew Bentley and Sergeant Wayne Lyness, Alpha Company, 40Commando Royal Marines said:

"Chris Harrison was an irrepressible and enthusiastic character who brought great professionalism and a keen will to all of his endeavours. Chris rapidly established himself within the Mortars' world and his almost freakish grasp and rapid reconfiguration of the weapon system saw him quickly earn his place as a commander of his own crew. On OP HERRICK 7 he proved himself to be the consummate mortar practitioner and was invariably first to be ready to fire, his speed surprising all, including the Old and Bold within the Mortars' fraternity. As recognition of this performance he was selected above and beyond his

peers to attend Mortar Fire Control training at Warminster, where once again, perhaps unsurprisingly, he received the accolade of top student. Chris was never selfish with these skills and was always ready to pass

on his knowledge as well as constantly seeking more information allowing him to improve.

"Eulogies always tend towards the sentimental but from everyone who worked with him or knew him, they would say that he was an altruistic and generous man with a ready smile and a witty quip. He was genuinely

the life and soul of any party, his dancing style was definitely all of his own, with mad lunging and reverse elbow moves causing havoc on the dance floor. He leaves a massive gap in all of our lives and he will be

sorely missed."

Tributes from 1 Section, Mortar Troop 40 Commando Royal Marines:

"Chris Harrison or 'H-Bomb', was a larger than life character, the troop comedian and an extremely popular lad with everyone who knew him. Known for his outlandish attire and questionable dancing, Chris was always the main focus point of Mortar Troop nights out. When it comes to work, Chris was professional and on the ball with everything he did. A testament to his strength was how he' yomped' out of the jungle unaided

when he had been bitten by a snake. He was on his feet for 12 hours after the bite! Chris was an important member of Mortar Troop, a real character who brought us lots of banter to the Troop. He will be greatly missed by Mortars and will not be forgotten."

Corporal Matt Howells, Bravo Company 40 Commando Royal Marines said:

"As our mortars Bravo, Chris' professionalism was never in doubt. Every time our patrols went out Chris would, without prompting, gain over-watch from his self constructed hide and observe our every movement, anticipating everything. Not afraid to get his hands dirty, Chris was embedded in my section during a patrol into the Green Zone when we came under contact from automatic weapons. In well under a minute, whilst under fire, Chris had got the mortar line laid on ready for a smoke task to cover our withdrawal. Not only 'hoofing' at his job, Chris' humour was also abundant, especially during the many hours spent in the Ops room. He was, without question, a Bootneck."

Marine Jay Brown, Bravo Company 40 Commando Royal Marines said:

"Chris was like an older brother to myself and the other lads in the Troop, he was easy to get on with and was always smiling. He would always have a camera to hand to capture a chad photo of himself, he had

a great sense of humour and was always at the centre of any banter especially between the other Fire Support Team lads. He was proud of what he did and was a typical Bootneck, always cracking phys and even the odd bit of bread baking. I feel fortunate to have known him, he will be deeply missed."

Marine Drew Gardiner, Bravo Company 40 Commando Royal Marines said:

"I first met Chris when I joined 40 Commando, since then he has always been a smiling, welcoming face. Always a good role model to younger Marines he showed true professionalism at all times, while still

managing to keep a good sense of humour and letting nothing get to him, which helped other lads out who were feeling down. I will remember him for his cheerfulness in all circumstances and as a great bloke to be

around. It truly was a privilege to have known him. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and will never be forgotten."

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Latest from icasualties.org

  • KP- Taliban launch coordinated car bombing in Helmand using Humvee vehicles
    The Taliban insurgents launched a coordinated attack on the security posts in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, carrying out at least two car bombings using the Humvee armored vehicles. According to the local government officials, the attack was launched earlier today in Gereshk district and a standoff is underway between the insurgents and the security forces.
  • KP- Taliban and Haqqani network planned attacks from Pakistan safe havens
    The United States Department of States released its latest reports regarding on terrorism for 2016 providing an overall report regarding the terrorism related upheavals during the year. The new report by the State Department further strengthens the claims made by the Afghan officials regarding the presence of the safe havens of the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist network inside the Pakistani territory.
  • KP- Six rockets land near Sayyaf’s residence in Kabul
    At least six rockets landed near the residence of Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf, the former Afghan lawmaker and one of the prominent political and Jihadi leaders of the country. Sources close to Sayyaf said the incident took place earlier today in Paghman district after six rockets fired from unknown location landed in the vicinity close to Sayyaf’s house.
  • ToloNews- Three Suicide Bombers Using Humvees Hit Helmand Outposts
    Three Taliban suicide bombers carried out coordinated attacks using Humvees on security outposts in Gareshk district of southern Helmand province early Thursday, local officials said. Six policemen were wounded in the explosions. The attacks happened at about 6am local time in Ab Pash, Da Adam Khan and Parchaw areas of Gareshk, a spokesman for the provincial governor, Omar Zwak said adding that the explosives had been placed inside the Humvees.
  • UPI- U.S. gov't contractor in Afghanistan pleads guilty to $250K scheme
    A former employee of a U.S. government contractor in Afghanistan pleaded guilty to accepting more than $250,000 in illegal kickbacks from a subcontractor, in exchange for assistance in obtaining government contracts, officials said.
  • KP- ‘Father of Taliban’ Sami-ul-Haq offers conditional support to Afghan peace process
    The leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Sami (JUI-S) Maulana Sami-ul-Haq has offered a conditional support for the peace process in Afghanistan. According to a statement released by Maula Sami’s office, the leader of the party has said he is prepared to support the Afghan peace process but the foreign forces must leave the country first.
  • ToloNews- Helmand’s Nawa District Badly Damaged By Taliban
    Following the liberation of Nawa district in the south of Lashkargah city, in Helmand province, from the Taliban earlier this week, local officials said on Wednesday that the district sustained extensive damage during the Taliban's occupation. Officials said government buildings had been largely burned down by the group. The district governor Mohammad Takra said the reconstruction of Nawa will cost millions of dollars.
  • ToloNews- Eight Policemen, One Soldier Killed In Zabul Clash
    At least eight policemen were killed and seven wounded in a clash with the Taliban in Arghandab district of Zabul province, local security officials said Wednesday. Zabul police confirmed the toll and said the clash started on Tuesday night when Taliban attacked police check posts.
  • KP- Taliban militant kill his two senior leaders in Nangarhar insider attack
    A Taliban militant who was conducting insurgency activities as a local commander in Bati Kot district has killed his two senior leaders in an insider attack. According to the local government officials, the incident took place late on Tuesday night in Takia area. Bati Kot district administrative chief Nematullah Noorzai said the assailant has been identified as Khairullah who opened fire on his senior leaders late on Tuesday night, leaving two of them dead.
  • KP- Deadly Taliban offensive repulsed in Helmand, leaving 31 dead, 12 wounded
    A deadly offensive by the Taliban insurgents was repulsed by the security forces in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, inflicting casualties to both the Afghan forces and the Taliban insurgents. According to the local government officials, the incident took place late on Tuesday night after several Taliban insurgents launched a coordinated attack on the security forces check posts in Garamser district.

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.

 

Cookies
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Defence Viewpoints website. However, if you would like to, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set. You may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers. Please note that you will lose some features and functionality on this website if you choose to disable cookies. For example, you may not be able to link into our Twitter feed, which gives up to the minute perspectives on defence and security matters.