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Obituaries from the Times of London and elsewhere

Havildar Lachhiman Gurung VC 1917 - 12 December 2010
Despite his company being cut of for 3 daysf, he held off a Japanese attack in Burma singlehandedly for 4 hours - losing the lower part of his right arm, right eye and hearing in one ear in first wave of attack. 31 dead lay in front of his position. He was never able to return to active service, but was last seen at the Cenotaph on November 11th this year. Two of his sons became soldiers.

Wg Cdr Vic Hodgkinson DFC 17 October 1916 - 20 November 2010
Royal Australian Air Force pilot of flying boats which were "lent" to Britain by Australia

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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.

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