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BENHAM Lt Cdr Richard Benham died 6th February 2021

BLAGDEN Brigadier Patrick Martin (Paddy) Blagden CBE 15 March 1935 - 17 December 2020 Royal Ordnance. Bomb disposal post Gulf War 1 Kuwait. Aden, Cyprus, Falklands Cambodia Afghanisatn Bosnia Croatia Somalia

BOLTON Capt Michael William Bolton died 8 February 2021 aged 86

BOWEN Maj Gen Bryan Morris Bowen CB died 5 Febuary 2021 aged 88

BOWEN Captain John T G Bowen RN died 10 January 2021

BROOKS Ralph Alastair Brooks died 17 February 2021 aged 95 MC Korea 

CHANNER Captain Richard Channer MC 25 December 1921 - 20 January 2021 Hampshire Regt later Royal Artillery Imphal, Kohima  Shaenan Ridge wounded MC. Later peace campaigner

CHASE Major P D E Chase MBE died 13 January 2021. Royal Signals

CROSS James Richard "Jasper" Cross 29 Setember 1921 - 6 January 2021 Royal Engineers Palestine inc terrorist bombing of King David Hotel

EDWARDS Private David Fothergill Edwards 9 April 1925 - 17 November 2020 2nd Bn Monmouthshire Regt. Landed on Sword Beach via Mulberry Harbour 18 June 1944. Shot on both legs by sniper outside Caen. After convalesance returned to battalion in France and Holland.

EVANS Brig Michael Evans died 13 January 2021 aged 87

HINDE major Keith Stevens Gleave Hinde OBE TD dies 23 January 2021 aged 86 

HOOPER Staff Sgt James Michael 'Jim' Hooper 7 April 1922 - 11 February 2021 TA Royal Signals in 1930s; dispatch rider; glider pilt Op Market Garden; captured at Arnhem station; Stalag Luft VII; death march to Stalag III-A ; when guards fled stole bicycle and rode to American lines; prepared to depl0y to Far East. AWE Aldermaston and Washington Embassy

HORNE Lt Cdr Edgar Michael Horne died 14 January 2021 aged 83 Helicopter test pilot

KELLY Margaret Kelly Bletchley Park

LANE Col John Lane BEM died 28 Dec 2020 aged 84. Welch Regt, Royal Regt of Wales

MACLEAY Lt Cdr Neil Oswell MacLeay died 7 February 2021

MACPHERSON (later Captain Sir William Alan Macherson of Cluny)  QC TD 1 April 1926 - 14 February 2021 Scots Guards. Territorial Army para (hon Colonel 21 SAS) 

MARLOW Geoffrey Marlow DFC Born 1922 died aged 98 Marlow Royal Canadian Air Force Pilot 32 missions Halifax and Lancasters over Europe

MARTIN Gp Capt Keith Martin died 1 January 2021 aged 96

MERCER Private Sebastian Andrew 'SAM' Mercer MBE 10 August 1929 - 30 January 2021 Glorious Glosters Jamaica, Korea Battle of Imjin River 1951 Captured, POW, lost leg. Later Korean Veterans Association

MOORE Captain (hon Col Sir) Thomas (Tom) Moore 30 April 1920 - 2 February 2021 Duke of Wllington's Regt, tanks. Arakan, Sumatra Instructor Bovington . Later charity fundraiser

MURRAY-JONES Lt Cdr Paul Johnnie Murray-Jones 26 September 1921 - 4 Jan 2021 HMS Sardonyx (destroyer) 5 submarines in HMS Taku 

RAKE Gp Captain Derek Shannon Vaughan Rake OBE AFC and Bar 26 May 1922 - 11 December 2020 32 Sqn Algiers Spitfires over Italy and Greece. Shot down over Kosovo, parisans smuggled him through enemy lines. 41 Sqn Netherlands Mk XIV Spitfire shot down Arado 234 jet, Junkers 188 on May 3 1945. India. 50 missions against USSR 1958-60 Canberra, Comets CO 51 Sqn CO RAF Wyton

RITCHIE Brigadier Charles David Maciver Ritchie CBE 12 December 1941 - 16 December 2020 Libya, Arctic, East Timor, Belize Expelled from Germany 1978 for photographing Russian equipment. Ulster Defence Regt. SHAPE, Former Yugoslavia. Defence Attache Paris. Later director, Edinburgh Military Tattoo

SMITH Lt Col Michael Charles Smith died 6 Jan 2021 aged 82

SPROT Lt Col Aidan Sprot of Hayston MC died 28 January 2021 aged 101 Late Royal Scots Greys

STEPHENSON Joseph "Steve" Stephenson 15th Dec 1922 - 19th Jan 2021 RAF pilot WW2

SUDBOROUGH Air Vice Marshal Nigel John Sudborough CB OBE died 30 January 2021

THOMAS Brigadier John Francis 'Jack' Thomas CBE 25 June 1926 - 29 January 2021 Lifeguards, commissioned into 6 Commando, 1 Para Palestine (injured by landmine); Korea (shot); Military Police, Far East, East Africa Uganda, Germany, Northern Ireland (RMP Provost Marshal) Later chaired Commnado Benevolent Fund

TYLER Peter Anthony Tyler died 12 February 021 aged 95 Bletchley Park and GCHQ

URQUHART Major (later Sir) Brian Urquhart KCMG MBE 28 February 1919 - 2 January 2021 Intelligence officer. North Africa, Sicily. Planning Op Market Garden. "T" Force seeking German nuclear research. Relieved Bergen-Belsen. Later Foreign Office, United Nations (peacekeeping inc Suez, Congo, Lebanon)

WILSON Flt Lt Russell Leonard Wilson died 28 Dec 2020 aged 73 Pilot 46 Sqn

WITHEROW Air Cdre Marcus Spence Witherow died 1 February 2021 aged 84. RAF Regiment

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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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