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Obituaries published in The Times of London, February 2009

Colonel Jean Henri Sassi 11 June 1917 - 9 January 2009

French veteran of the Jedburgh special operations in France after the Normandy landings

Terry Spencer 18 March 1918 - 8 February 2009

RAF fighter pilot and war photographer

Air Vice-Marshal Geoffrey Cairns, CBE, AFC 21 May 1926 - 6 February 2009

RAF test pilot and Chief of Staff, 18 Group Strike Command

General Sir Peter Leng, KCB, MBE, MC 9 May 1925 - 11 February 2009

Master-General of the Ordnance and resourceful officer

Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Carew, DSO, Croix de Guerre 25 November 1919 - 16 February 2009

Veteran of the Special Operations Executive (SOE)

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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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