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Marking the passing of those who have served their country. Contributions from comrades and families welcome.

ALLEN Lt Col Michael Chales Allen died 22nd January 2017 aged 76

BEVERIDGE Col David Anthony Beveridge MBE died 31st December 2016 aged 72

DALYELL Sir Thomas Dalyell of the Binns, Bt 9 August 1932 - 26 Jan 2017 National Service in ranks Royal Scots Greys

DAWNAY Jean Mary Dawnay 22 March 1925 - 14 December 2016 WAAF and Bletchley Park. Later model and Princess George Galitzine

GREGSON Captain John Sedgwick Gregson GC (originally Albert Medal) 4 January 1924 - 25th December 2016

During Op Pedestal as 18 year old apprentice officer towed unconcious shipmate from MV Deucalion 600 yards to HMS Bramham; Atlantic convoys; Far East

GWILLIAM Lt John Albert Gwillam 28 February 1923 - 21 December 2016. Royal Tank Regt landed across Mulberry. Falaise pocket, north Germany. Later Welsh rugby captain

HARWOOD Cmdr Henry Harwood RN died 3rd January 2017 aged 90

HODCRAFT Fred Hodcraft ded 20th January 2017. 27 Swn RAF SEAC

HOWE Gilbert Rex (Gillie) Howe DCM, MM and Bar, BEM, MSM died 11 December 2016 aged 87

INGRAM Lt Cdr Maurice Vyvyan Ingram MBE died 30th December 2016 aged 89

JOHNSTONE Captain Edward Murray Johnstone RN died 17th January 2017

KEMP Air Vice Marshall George John Kemp CB died 9th January 201

MACKAY Col Hugh Mackay OBE died 1st January 2017 Cameronians Scottish Rifles

MANTELL Major Donald Richard Mantell Chevalier Legion d'honneur died 14 January 2017 aged 93. 16th/5th Queen's Royal Lancers

MELVILLE Col "Bobby" Robert Kenneth Melville died 18 January 2017 aged 98

MICHELLI Major H James Michelli died 29th January 2017 aged 96

MURRAY Lt Col David Murray born 14 Sept 1921 died aged 95 1st Bn Camerons Battle of Kohima later Bn cdr Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

O'KELLY Major Keith Hiller Michael Kelly died 1 January 2017 aged 97 Parachute Regt

REILLY Lt General Sir Jeremy Calcott Reilly KCB, DSO 7 April 1934 - 1 January 2017 Commissioned from ranks into Royal Warwickshire Regiment 

Egypt, Cyprus (MiD), German, North Borneo, i/c 2 Bn Royal Regt of Fusiliers Belfast 1971-2 (Op Motorman) DSO later ACDS (Concepts), head of Army training

SHILLINGFORD Captain John Stuart Shillingford RN died 18th January 2017

SHORTIS Maj General Colin Shortis CB CBE died 8th January 2017 aged 82 Devon & Dorset Regt

SIM Major John Sim MC 22 September 1920 (in a tent in Persia) - 24 December 2016

York & Lancs Regt Iceland (MiD) 12th (Yorks) Bn Paras. Immediate MC dawn D-Day Merville Battery. Op Varsity. Java. Palestine. Suez. Army Apprentice Colleage as soldier & civilian

SMALLWOOD Richard Smallwood RN died 1 January 2017

THOMPSON Able Seaman Sydney Thompson died aged 97, sank a U-boat  in 1944.

TOMLIN Lt Cdr Laurence Tomlin RN died 31st December 2016 HMS Dido, Talisman, Seahorse, Revenge , Lion

TREVALLION Leonard Trevallion 13 November 1914 - 22 December 2016 last surviving Bristol Blenheim pilot North Africa and Italy 1943-44. Later policeman

VIVIAN Lt Cdr John Charles Gerald Vivian died 9 January 2017 aged 90

WAGNER Major Mick Wagner died aged 99. Ist Bn Welch Regt captured Libya 1941 daring escape from PoW camp in Italy in 1943

WASSALL Warrant Officer Des Wassall RM died aged 67. MM Falklands

WOOD Sir John Wood MC died 27 January 2917 aged 94

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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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