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memorial2 nWe mark the passing of those who have served their country. Contributions for colleagues and comrades welcome

CASSELS Admiral Sir Simon Cassels died 6th March 2019 aged 91

CHURCHILL Sqn Ldr Richard Sydney Albion Churchill Born 1920 died 13 February 2019.144 Sqn 26 missions "Great Escape" from Stalag Luft III, recaptured

DUFFEE Flt Lt George Duffee DFC 16 May 1924 - 21 December 2018

78 Sqn Halifax shot down on first mission, escaped with help from Dutch Resistance and Comet Line in Belgium via France, Spain and Gibralter. Later 39 bombing missions. Later Berlin Airlift

HAWKINS-LETH Air Vice Mshl David Richard Hawkins-Lerh CB, LVO, MBE, DL died 31st Jan 2019

HILL Air Cdre Dame Felicity Barbara Hill DBE 30 January 2019 aged 103

LOTHIAN Lt Col James Lambert Lothian died 1 March 2019 aged 93

LYON Jack Lyon aged 101 RAF pilot Last survivor of Great Escape

MACINTOSH F.O. Donald MacIntosh DFC 28 May 1922 - 10 January 2019 9 Sqn 40 opns inc raid on Tirpitz

STONER Major Peter Edward Stoner died 13 Feb 2019

THOMAS Sgt Gwyn Edward Ward Thomas CBE, DFC (later Croix de Guerre) 1 August 1923 - 4 February 2019

100 Sqn, 550 Sqn 36 Opns inc Nuremberg raid, first Normandy raid of D Day

THWAITES Cdre Gerry Thwaites died 15 Feb 2019 

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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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