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inmemoriam

Marking the passing of those who have served in the armed forces. Contributions from comrades and families welcome

COBLEY Lt Cdr Kenneth William (Bill) (Tom) Cobley DSC 24 April 1914 died 20 January 2016 Gunnery Director Officer, HMS Duke of York, Battle of North Cape 1943

GARLAND Eric Frances Garland MC*, MBE 2 February 1920 - 17 January 2016
Dunkirk 1940 (MC) Commando sniper duel Litani River Syria 1941 (MC) Transferred to Fighter Command. Hurricanes Western Desert 1943, bailed out of recce Spitfire south of Rome 1944. Escaped MBE

GORDON-SMITH Lt Cdr Peter Russell Gordon-Smith died 27 January 2016 aged 77

JONES Frederick David Jones DFC died 28th January 2016 aged 92. 50 Sqn (Lancasters)

MARWOOD Lt Cdr Michael Travers Marwood DSC 16 May 1919 - 5 January 2016
Spanish Civil War, 1940 U boat sunk. Battle of the Malacca Straits May 1945 HMS Saumarez Flotilla signals officer (MiD)

PANK Maj Gen John David Graham Pank CB 2 May 1935 - 26 January 2016

National Serviceman. Gemany, Malaysia "Confrontation", Northern Ireland, Commnader Land Forces Northern Ireland

ROPER, Lt John (Later Rt Hon Lord) Roper RN died 29 January 2016 aged 80

Only man at sea to lay a wreath for Trafalgar 150 (serving with RN) and Trafalgar 200 (as guest)

RUSSELL Cdr Peter John Russell OBE died 4th February 2016 aged 88

SATOW R Adm Derek Satow CB died 10 February 2016 aged 92

STOKES John Stokes MBE 28 August 1945 - 10 January 2016 Borneo
3rd Bn Royal Green Jackets, SAS Middle East (Oman) Falklands anti-terrorism

TAGGART Brigadier Anthony Brand Taggart MC died 26 January 2016 aged 97 Gurkhas

TATE Flt Lt Thomas Tate 2 January 1918 - 19 January 2016. Wireless operator special duties Flying Fortress shot down March 1945. 

WHITELEY General Sir Peter Whitely RM GCB, OBE 13 December 1920 - 2 February 2016

HMS Resolution, HMS Renown, HMS Gambia. Qualified aviator Seafires, helicopters. 40 Cdo Malaya 42 Cdo Borneo, 3Cdo Bgde. Later C in C NATO Allied Forces Northern Europe

WILSON Lt Col Michael Dillon Wilson died 3rd February 2016 aged 83

WOODS Christopher Matthew Woods CMG, MC 26 May 1923 - 10 January 2016
SOE/SAS E of Lake Garda 1944-5 supporting partisans (MC) Joined MI6 Iran , Warsaw, Rome. Controller opns against Soviet Union & satellites

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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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