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inmemoriam

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

BALME Lt Cdr David Edward Balme DSC 1 October 1920 - 3 January 2016

HMS London, HMS Shropshire (Spanish Civil War) HMS Ivanhoe (Norway) HMS Berwick (Cape Spartivento, convoys) Navigator HMS Bulldog Searched U-110 & retrieved Enigma machine. Fleet Air Arm observer, Western Desert, HMS Renown (Quebec, Cairo and Tehran conferences)

HOPKINSON Maj Gen John Hopkinson, CB died 5 January 2016 aged 84

HUNT Lt Col Eric Hunt MBE died 30th December 2015 aged 86 13th/18th Royal Hussars

JUNIOR Gp Capt Ian Oliver Junior died 2nd January 2016 aged 75 Vulcan boimber pilot

MACKIE Lt Col Graeme James Hay Mackie Royal Marines died 28 December 2015 aged 81

WALLACE Lt General Sir Christopher Brooke Quentin Wallace KBE DL 3rd January 1943 - 7th January 2016

KRRC (60th Rifles) Borneo; Northern Ireland; Germany First Chief of Jt Operations, Northwood. Commndant RCDS after retrirement

WEBSTER Captain John Webster MC, Royal Scots 23 December 1922 - 24 December 2015

One of first Brits to enter Belsen; MC for controlling Elbe bridgehead crossing April 1945

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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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