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We mark the passing of those who have served this country. Contributions from comrades and families welcome

BAILLIE Major Hubert Albert Gucewicz Baillie died 1st June 2018 aged 82. Grenadier Guards

EBERLE Admiral Sir James Henry Fuller Eberle 31 May 1927 - 17 May 2018

Wartime MTB, HMS Renown HMS Belfast (Korea). Malta. CinC Fleet, CinC Naval Home Command (Falklands)

FREMANTLE Cdr John Tapling Fremantle (later Lord Cottesloe) 22 January 1927 - 21 May 2018.

Yangtze Incident 1949 - navigation officer HMS Concord, escorted HMS Amethyst. Malaya. HMS Palliser i/c. "Cod War"

GILBERT-DENHAM Lt Col Sir Seymour Gilbert-Denham KCVO died 19 June 2018 aged 78

HOWARD Donald Euan Palmer Howard RN 26 November 1923 - 16 June 2018

Wartie : motor torpedo boats in home waters. Later 4th Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, junior defence minister 1979-81

JONES Captain Alfred Mark Jones RN died 4th June 2018

LAMBERT Captain Richard Edgar Lambert RN CBE died 26 June 2018LEAN Captain John Bevan Lean OBE RN died 8th June 2018

LUCAS Ivor Thomas Mark Lucas CMG 25 July 1927 - 7 April 2018 Joined RA one week before VE Day. Served in Libya. Later Foreign Office. Ambassador Oman, Syria

MACKIE Air Cdre Alastair Cavendish Lindsay Mackie CBE, DFC and bar 3rd August 1922 - 19 May 2018

Flew 45 military aircraft types. Egypt (Wellingtons) D-Day (Dakota) Asia.  i/c Vulcan nuclear bomber sqn.. Dir Air Staff Briefing. Later vice president CND 

MATHIESON Col Alastair Archibald mathieson MC 17 February 1930 - 21 April 2018 Royal Tank Regt

Yemen 1964 (MC) Hong Kong, Malaya, Germany. i/c security at 10 Downing Street when attacked by IRA mortar 1991

NEILSON Cdr John Neilson DSC, OBE, RN 27 July 1927 - 12 April 2018

Fleet Air Arm pilot. Fireflys off HMS Gory, Korean War. 67 aircraft types. Trials inc vulture strike on Sea Vixen, Nigeria

PEASE Claire Margaretta Pease died 6 June 2018 aged 98 WRNS 1942-45

PURDON Maj Gen Corran William Brooke Purdon CBE, MC, CPM died 27th June 2018 Royal Ulster Rifles/ RIrish Regt

Op Chariot (St Nazaire Raid) Cdo on Campeltown. Escape attempts led to Colditz. Palestine. Singapore. Borneo. i/c Sultan of Oman's forces. GOC Near East Land Forces

SPEAKMAN Sgt William Speakman VC 27 September 1927 - June 20, 2018

Black Watch serving with 1st Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers Hill 217 Korea 1951. Grenade attacks on enemy position. "Private Speakman's heorism under intense fire throughout the operation and when painfully wounded was beyond praise and is deserving of supreme recognition."

Later Malaya and Aden and Radfen campaign Chelsea pensioner from from 1993. South Korea's Order of Military Merit

TREACHER Admiral Sir John Treacher KCB 23 September 1924 - 30 April 2018

HMS Nelson (Sicily landings 1943 and Italian surender); HMS Glasgow bombarding Omaha Beach D-Day; HMS Keppel Arctic convoys hunting U-boats; Subsequently Fleet Air Arm; Flew off HMS Triumph Korean War. Established airborne early warning. HMS Protector Antarctic and South Atlantic. VCNS procuring Sea Harrier  C in C Fleet 1975.

WRIGHT Cdr David John Southgate Wright OBE dies 24 June 2018 aged 87

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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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