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Obituaries from The Times of London published this month

Lieutenant Colonel Eric Wilson VC 2 October 1912 - 23 December 2008
Awarded posthumous VC for heroism in North Africa, wrongly thought killed in action

Major General Donald Isles CB, OBE 19 July 1924 - 12 November 2008
Wounded in Italy, went on to become Director General Weapons for the British Army

Commodore Dacre Smyth RAN, AO, Legion d'Honneur 5 May 1923 - 3 December 2008
London born son of Omdurman VC, active service at Battle of Coral Sea, Korea, Vietnam


Brigadier John Clemow 9 November 1911 - 17 November 2008
Polymath and expert on guided weapons

Rear Admiral George Morrison, USN 7 January 1919 - 17 November 2008
From Pearl Harbour to Vietnam. Naval aviator and father of Doors singer, Jim

Group Captain Gordon Key OBE, DFC 1 January 1914 - 29 October 2008
Ground attack, bomber pilot in the Battle for France and post war tactician

Air Vice Marshal John Powell OBE 12 June 1915 - 24 November 2008
Wartime Coastal Command, Director of RAF Educational Services, father of politically significant sons

Olive Margerison MBE, 12 February 1915 - 3 Deecember 2008
Secretary in Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms


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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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