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Obituaries published in The Times of London, April 2009

Lieutenant- General Sir David Willison, KCB, OBE, MC, 25 December 1919 - 24 April 2009

Director General of Intelligence, MoD, 1975-78

Major Frank Hammer, MC and Bar, 25 June 1919 - 2 April 2009

Wartime artillery survey officer

Sir John Griffin, KCVO, 20 February 1924 - 1 April 2009

D-Day veteran and former press secretary to the Queen Mother

Maj General Patrick Crawford GM, 11 October 1933 - 21 February 2009

From regimental MO to Commandant Royal Army Medical College

Rear Admiral Colin Dunlop, CB, CBE, 4 March 1918 - 8 March 2009

Fag Officer Medway and Chief Naval Supply Secretariat Officer 1971-74.

Squadron Leader Richar Muspratt, DFC 16 November 1917 - 15 January 2009

Wartime photographic reconnaissance and test pilot.

Colonel Stephanus F. "Rosy" du Toit, CBE, DFC and Bar, US DFC 28 January 1919 - 13 February 2009

Wartime fighter and fighter-bomber pilot.

Commander Norman Tod, DSC 12 November 1910 - 6 March 2009

Naval officer, navigator at the Battle of ther River Plate.

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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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