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Obituaries published in The Times of London and elsewhere

Lt General Sir Chandos Blair KCVO, OBE, MC and Bar 25 February 1919 - 22 January 2011
Escapee from Oflag VB, 2nd MC during Normandy campaign, Radfan campaign in Aden, GOC Scotland

Ian Macpherson MC 7 April 1920 - 1 December 2010
Special Operations Executive in Thrace, Bulkgaria to support partisans

Flt Lt Tom Hughes 23 November 1921 - 31 December 2010
Spitfire pilot shot down over Monte Cassino, bailed out from test Me109

Maj General Robert Houghton CB, OBE, MC, RM 7 March 1912 - 17 January 2011
Gallantry during Dieppe raid, escaped shooting under Commando Order, final months of British mandate in Palestine

Rear Admiral Peter Branson CBE 30 March 1924 - 1 January 2011
Torpedoed twice (U107 and U172) captained HMS Hermes in evacuation of Northern Cyprus

Lt General Sir Robin Carnegie KCB, OBE 22 June 1926 - 1 January 2011
Logistics expert who served in Malaysia and Aden campaigns

Lt Colin White DSC 17 June 1920 - 23 November 2010
New Zealander who flew with the Fleet Air Arm in defence of Malta

Air Commodore John Sowery DFC, AFC 5 January 1920 - 30 November 2010
Shot down German and Italian fighters, baled out twice, crash landed but became jet test pilot

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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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