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Obituaries from the Times of London and elsewhere

Ronald Foster DFC, Croix de Guerre 5 December 1921 - 1 January 2011
New Zealander who flew 69 photo reconnaisance sorties over Europe

Lt Cdr William Filer MBE, GM 6 August 1917 - 31 January 2011
Naval bomb and mine disposal expert who helped develop Royal Navy post war diving expertise


Eric Holloway 22 October 1921 - 20 January 2011
From RAF wartime navigator to co-founder of Virbin Atlantic Airways

David Sims OBE, MC 2 August - 29 December 2010
A member of the 8th Army at El Alamein and in Italy

Sqn Ldr Peter Rothwell 20 October 1920 - 20 December 2010
Bomber pilot who helped defend Malta

Warrent Office (later civilian Captain) Wilfred Harrison MiD 20 June 1917 - 30 October 2010

Wellington bomber pilot who escaped from Stalag Luft II forced marchI

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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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