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inmemoriam

We mark the passing of those who have served this nation. Contributions from comrades and families welcome.

ADAM Lt Col Ronald Adam died 17 August 2018 aged 90

FORD John Richard Ford DFC, RAF died 9 August 2018 aged 95. 57 Sqn, 630 Sqn Lancaster pilot 793 hrs 50 mins flying

FRASER-DARLING Col Alasdair Fraser Darling RAMC-TA MBE, TD, DL died 10 Auh=gust 2018 aged 90

HOPKINS Capt John Francis Hopkins 13th April 1939 - 25 July 2018  RA and Trucial Oman Scouts

LE MESSURIER Lt Col Hugh Shelley Le Messurier died 5 August 2018 aged 97. Duke of Wellington's Regt

MARTIN Air Cdre L G P (Bob) Martin CBE died 31st July 2018 aged 98

PUN Captain Bhagtasing Pun MM January 1917 - 15 Agust 2018  2nd Goorkhas (Sirmoor Rifles) Captured at fall of Singapore. 1847 transferred from Indian Army to British Army. Malaya. (MM as Sgt), Hong Kong, Malaya, Brunei

TAPSELL 2nd Lt (later Sir) Peter Hannay Bailey Tapsell. 1 February 1930 - 18 August 2018 Royal Sussex Regt. Later MP and Father of House of Commons

THIRSK Sgt Major James Wood Thirsk 30 May 1914 - 2 June 2018 Intelligence Corps analyst at Bletchley Park

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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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