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Obituaries published in The Times of London, March 2009


Lieutenant-Colonel David Danger MBE, MM 27 February 1923 - 27 February 2009

SAS radio operator in Italy and France, and later in RAOC in Cyprus

Captain Cyril Watney MC 29 September 1992 - 23 January 2009

Daring SOE saboteur in wartime France awarded Croix de Guerre

Colonel David Wood MBE 23 February 1923 - 12 March 2009

Veteran of attack on Pegasus Bridge in 1944

Lieutenant-Commander Geoffrey Brooke, DSC 20 May 1920 - 6 January 2009

War veteran and author

Major-General Antonin PetrĂ¡k, MBE, MC, 14 April 1912 - 8 February 2009

Czechoslovak war veteran

Petr Uruba, 15 December 1916 - 1 March 2009

Czech pilot who joined the RAF to free Czechoslovakia from the Nazis

Audrey Roche, 12 July 1918 - 13 January 2009

Wartime WRNS officer, decorated for aiding survivors of a torpedoed ship in the Mediterranean in 1942.

Squadron Leader Thomas McPhee, DFC,DFM, AE, 30 November 1917 - 22 February 2009

Wartime bomber pilot.

Commander Ian Bailey-Willmot, 6 July 1940 - 10 February 2009

Naval officer and ocean racing administrator

Arthur V. Marment, MC and Bar, 17 July 1917 - 17 January 2009

Territorial Army officer who twice won a Military Cross during the Second World War

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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.

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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