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inmemoriam

Marking the passing of those who served our country with distinction as recorded in the Times of London and elsewhere. Details on the next page.

BANKS Major Michael Edward Banks RM died 9 Feb 2012 aged 90

BARR Brigadier Richard Thomas Barr OBE died 28 January 2013 aged 98 - REME

CHURTON Col Geoffrey Vardon Churton MBE, MC, TD, DL died 15th February 2013 

DOYLE Brigadier Mike Doyle MBE died 29th January 2013 aged 80

GILMOUR Col Sir John Gilmour died 10 Feb 2013

LOUGHNAN Captain John Pym Loughnan RN died 24th January 2013 aged 81

McCORD Brigadier Mervyn Noel Samuel CBE, MC 25 December 1929 - 8 February 2013

Royal Irish. Korean War platoon commander during Imjin River defence (MC) Chief Opns Officer N Ireland, UDR Cdr (CBE)

MIDDLETON Rear Admiral Linley Middleton CB, DSO 17th August 1928 - 3 December 2012

Carrier strikes during Suez, Captain of HMS Hermes during Falklands campaign, Flag Officer Naval Air Command

ORMSBY Major Murray Incell Ormesby 9 October 1919 - 6 December 2012

Wounded on the first day of Normandy landings, Burma, Malaya. A prosecutor at Japanes War Crimes trials

PREEDY Timothy G Preedy RN died 10 February 2013

SAYER Captain Geoffrey Sayer RN OBE died 17th February 2013

THOMAS Wing Cdr Ronald George Thomas MBE died 23rd January 2013 aged 93

TOWNSEND-ROSE Colonel david Townsend-Rose RE died 6 Feb 2013

VAUX Brigadier Peter Alfred Lincoln Vaux OBE died 6 Feb 2013 aged 96

WILSON-SMITH Major John Wilson-Smith died 28th January 2013

 

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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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