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

We note with sadness that there are now only 10 of "The Few" who flew in the Battle of Britain known to be remaining (9 Britons, 1 Canadian). The Battle of Britain Historical Society would be delighted to know of any more, including overseas citizens who came here to fight for freedom.

BAXTER Maj Gen Ian Stuart Baxter CBE 20 July 1937 - 17 October 2017

Kenya, Swaziland, India, Northern Ireland, chief logistics officer, Falklands Campaign. Later ACDS (Logistics)

FOSTER Mary (Laird Craig) Foster MiD. ex WAAF officer died 5 December 2017 aged 96

HAINES Air Cdre Jack Haines OBE DL dies 12 December 2017 aged 72

JESSIMAN Sqn Ldr Dr Andrew Jessiman died 24th November 2017 aged 93. Warime service as surgeon

LEPPARD Gp Capt Ronald William Leppard OBE died 10 December 2017 aged 96

LUSTIG Sgt Fritz Lustig 31 March 1919 - 18 December 2017. Combined Sevices Detailed Interrogation Centre

MCKENZIE-HILL Lt Cdr Alastair McKenzie-Hill died 4 December 2017

MAYMAN Major Ian D Mayman died 12th December 2017

MILLER Maud Ellen (Maureen) Miller (later Stevens) WAAF died 3rd December 2017 Air traffic control RAF Scampton inc landing returning Dambusters

PETTIFAR Lt Col William George Pettifar MBE RRF died 18th December 2017 aged 89

REID Major James Douglas Whitehead Reid Buffs and Queen's Regt died 6 December 2017 aged 83

ROTHWELL Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Maurice Rothwell DFC & bar 3 April 1920 - 5 November 2017 Over 70 wartime missions

99Sqn Wellingtons(Plt Off) 1940 Bombed Ulm, Munich strafed Ulm & Leipheim 1st DFC 1943 218 Sqn 75 sqn over Germany. DFC bar. 1944 138 Sqn delivering agents. Crashed low flying over Netherlands . Stalag Luft I. postwar Egypt, Italy, Rhodesia

TERRY Sir Chief Marshal Sir Peter David George Terry CB, GCB, AFC 18 October 1926 - 19 December 2017

From AC2 to AVM. RAF Regt. Commissioned. Trained as pilot. 79 Sqn Swift. 51 Sqn i/c. D-SACEUR IRA attempted assassination after "Death on the Rock" (9 bullets)

TURNER Brig Michael Henry Turner Royal Tank Corps died 18 December 2017 

WAKE Major (later Sir) Hereward Wake Bt MC 7 October 1916-11 December 2017

60th Rifles (7th Armoured Divn). Battle of Alam Halfa, North Africa 1942 - MC. Wounded Battle for Tunis. 4th Armoured Divn Normandy. Liaison Officer to Mongomery. Greece Civil War. Legion d'Honneur

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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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