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inmemoriam

Marking the passing of those who have served this country, on the next page. Contributions from comrades and families welcome

BRAZIER Captian Sidney Brazier GM 8 December 1919 - 12 May 2016

Bomb disposal expert (RAOC) Cyprus (MiD) Korea, Aden and Northern Ireland. 1963 defused bundle of "sticky bombs" buries at Aldershot - GM

HATCH Maurice Edward Hatch DFC died 10th July 2016 aged 94

MATTHEWS Col Denis Holman Matthews Late Rifle Brigade, Royal Horse Guards and RMAC died 13th July 2016 aged 94

RIDLEY - JONES Major Jacqueline Patricia Ridgeway MBE died 22nd June 2016

 

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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.

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