Thursday, 27 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

Corporal Jonathan Horne
2 Rifles

Corporal Jonathan Horne, 28, from Walsall, joined the 1st Battalion, The Royal Green Jackets in July 2004 having completed his Infantry training in Catterick. He attended the Section Commander's Battle Course in Brecon in 2008 and was promoted to Corporal in the middle of Pre-deployment training. Corporal Horne served with distinction as both a Green Jacket and as a member of the Rifles in Iraq between 2006 and 2007 (where he was wounded in action) and on peacekeeping operations in Kosovo in 2008. He was hugely proud to deploy to Afghanistan as a Section Commander and relished the opportunity of commanding Riflemen in battle. Tragically, Corporal Horne was killed in action by an IED blast on the morning of the 10th July 2009 in Sangin. He leaves behind his beloved wife Rachel, his children Frankie and Jessica, his parents and three brothers.


Lieutenant Colonel Rob Thomson MBE, Commanding Officer 2 RIFLES Battle Group:

"Corporal Horne was one of a generation of rising stars in my Corporals' Mess and he was right at the top end of it. He had gone from Rifleman to Corporal in only four years and was thriving on the responsibility of command on the most testing of operations. 'J', as we knew him, wore command lightly - testimony to the depth and attractiveness of his character as well as his natural soldier's qualities. Nothing fazed him on the ground out here and Riflemen fought to be in his section. He was tough, compassionate and full of infectious mirth, exactly what I look for in my JNCOs. His career was packed full of operational experience -Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He adored life in all its richness. And somehow he always managed to get his way into the Corporals' Mess football team - no-one else thought he was as good as he did. He was wildly and genuinely popular in the Corporals' Mess and he would dance (badly) to the very end at their fabulous parties.  He leaves a gaping hole in his Platoon, his Company and the Battle Group. Our thoughts and prayers are with his adored wife, Rachel, and his children Frankie and Jessica (born not 3 months ago)."

Major Alistair Field, Officer Commanding C Company 2 RIFLES:

"I met Corporal Horne later than most; he was away on a promotional qualifying course at Brecon when I took command but his reputation went before him: Highly competent, professional and caring, but tough with a wicked Brummie sense of humour. Corporal Horne did not let me down; he was everything that a Company Commander would have wished for. My lasting memory is seeing him in action helping the wounded, calmly controlling the situation until tragically his young life was ended by the evil insurgents."

Captain Edward Poynter, Operations Officer C Company 2 RIFLES:

"Corporal 'J' Horne was a pivotal member of 9 Platoon and of C Company. He worked tirelessly for the men under his command and he was an inspiration to both Riflemen and commanders. His constant cheeriness and 'can-do' attitude were deeply infectious. Corporal Horne was the epitome of the professional Junior NCO. He was smart, tough, exceptionally fit and he always led by example. Unsurprisingly, when his Company Commander, Platoon Commander, fellow JNCOs and Riflemen were lying killed and injured after an explosion, he was one of the first on the scene providing first aid and organising their extraction to safety. Corporal Horne was killed by a secondary explosive device whilst attempting to save the lives of those he lived and fought with. He will be remembered always as a hero, a friend and a true Rifleman.

"Celer et Audax."

Serjeant Jamie Moncho, 9 Platoon Serjeant:

"Corporal Jay Horne was a hugely cheerful character who always arrived at work with a big smile on his face.  He was full of life and always brightened the day for the whole platoon. He was a mentor to the Riflemen, who looked up to him and responded to his easy style of leadership. As a Section Commander he was dependable and absolutely unflappable. If I needed a man for a task; I could rely on him. No question.

"He was passionate about fitness and would pass his spare time in the gym lifting 'big boys' weights' and admiring his body in the mirror. "The body of a God" he would call it - it was the matter of some debate! He will be missed greatly by 9 Platoon and by the wider Company and Battalion. At the time of his death he was leading his men in a casualty extraction, putting his men first, as always. It was utterly typical of the man."

Corporal Carl Thomas, Fellow Rifleman and Medic:

"I feel lucky and privileged to have known Jay since the time he turned up in the Battalion. Not only was he professional in everything he did but he had a wicked sense of humour and made me laugh on a daily basis. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his wife and children. Not only have I lost a great colleague but a great friend as well. You will be sadly missed by everyone who knew you and I feel it is a privilege to have known you personally for such a long time. Rest in peace my friend."

Lance Corporal Powell, Fellow Rifleman:

"Corporal Jay Horne was a professional soldier and an excellent Section Commander whom I have had the privilege to serve with since 2005. Jay had a great sense of humour and everyone loved hearing his Brummie accent. It would put a smile on our faces without fail. He loved his wife and two daughters dearly and often spoke about them; they were his strength here in Afghanistan. He will be sorely missed and will never be forgotten. See you on the Re-Org mate."

The Riflemen of 9 Platoon:

"Corporal Horne was a Corporal in rank but a Rifleman at heart. He was devoted to all of us, and his friends and family. Jay would always do everything in his power to help people especially in times when things were tough. Whether it was just a chat or going out of his way to help; he was always happy to do so. Jay had a witty sense of humour and was always laughing and joking, which never failed to lift our moral. Jay was happily married and was really proud of his daughters. He often talked about them and he always used to say that his world revolved around his family. Jay will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with his family.

"R.I.P Brother we will never forget you."

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Latest from icasualties.org

  • KP- Nearly 40 Afghan soldiers lost lives, 30 wounded in Kandahar attack
    Nearly 40 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces have lost their lives in an attack by the Taliban insurgents in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan. According to the local government officials, the incident took place late on Tuesday night in the vicinity of Khakriz district
  • NYTimes- Taliban Slaughter Soldiers in Pattern of Attacks in Kandahar
    In a bloody overnight attack in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the Taliban routed an Afghan Army outpost, killing dozens of soldiers and raising fears of a concerted insurgent offensive in the province, a former seat of Taliban power that took years of effort by coalition and Afghan forces to secure.
  • KP- Afghan forces retake control of Kohistan from Taliban in Faryab
    The Afghan national defense and security forces have retaken the control of the district center of Kohistan in northern Faryab province. According to the Afghan army officials in the North, the Afghan forces have also cleared at least seven villages located along the district from the presence of the Taliban insurgents.
  • KP- Deadly truck bombing foiled in Kabul city
    A deadly truck bombing was foiled by the Afghan intelligence operatives in Kabul city, nearly two months after a similar attack left more than 150 people dead. The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), in a statement said a mini-truck packed with thousands of kilograms of explosives was seized before the militants manage to detonate it in Kabul city.
  • KP- Airstrikes pound ISIS hideouts in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan
    Several airstrikes were carried out on the hideouts of the militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, the local security authorities said Wednesday.
  • novinite- The Taliban Captured a Base in Kandahar and Killed 30 Soldiers
    The Taliban killed 30 soldiers in a military base in the southern province of Kandahar. This was announced by a spokesman for the Afghan army, quoted by Reuters. "Severe fighting is taking place in Afghanistan," said Sedik Esa, spokesman for the 205th Corps in Kandahar. He explained that the Taliban had attacked the base in a neighborhood in the northern part of Kandahar this night and captured it by seizing weapons and cars.
  • rferl- Afghan Taliban Captures Third District In Three Days
    An Afghan official says the Taliban has seized control of a district in southeastern Afghanistan, the third to fall to the militants in as many days. The Taliban’s apparent capture of Jani Khel district in Paktia Province, along the porous border with Pakistan, came after days of heavy fighting.
  • KP- New deadly clashes reported among ISIS militants and Afghan forces
    New deadly clashes have been reported among the ISIS militants and Afghan security forces a day after scores of militants were killed along with the civilians during the similar clashes. According to the local officials in Nangarhar, the new clashes took place in the vicinity of Haska Mina district on Monday afternoon, a day after the ISIS militants ambushed the security personnel in the same area using civilians and funeral participants as human shield.
  • marinecorpstimes- US weapons complicate Afghan war
    Weaponry provided to the Afghan military over the last 16 years has slowly trickled down to the Taliban through corruption and battlefield losses. Armored vehicles, night vision devices, M-4s, laser illuminators and scoped optics have all found the way into Taliban hands over the years. And at times the U.S. has been forced to combat its own armored vehicles and weapons.
  • KP- ISIS used funeral participants as human shield to attack Afghan forces
    A probe into the deadly operations against the ISIS terrorists in eastern Nangarhar province has confirmed the civilian casualties besides scores of ISIS insurgents were killed or wounded. The probe team was found after reports emerged that several civilians sustained casualties in the raid conducted in Haska Mina 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.