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Obituaries published in The Times and elsewhere

Rear-Admiral Sir David Haslam, KBE, CB, 26 June 1923 - 2 August 2009

Navy Hydrographer

Reginald "Mac" Samples, CMG, DSO, OBE, 11 August 1918 - 31 July 2009

Fleet Air Arm aircrew and Conul-General, Toronto 1969-79

Major William Spowers, 8 February 1925 - 12 June 2009

Australian born soldier

Major-General Peter Leuchars, CBE, 10 October 1921 - 17 July 2009

Senior army officer who became successful commander of St John Ambulance

Wing Commander G.E.P "Geep" Green, DFC, 13 April 1917 - 4 July 2009

Wartime bomber pilot

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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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