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Obituaries published in the Times of London and elsewhere

Lt General Sir Michael Gray KCB, OBE 3 May 1932 - 13 March 2011
Para who served on operations in Malaya, Cyprus, Suez, Oman, N Ireland. GOC South East District

Maj General Dennis Shaw, CB, CBE 11 May 1936 - 20 January 2011
Commando trained mechanical engineering specialist. Active service in Cyprus, North Borneo, Northern Ireland

Lt Col Eric Cooper-Key MBE, MC 8 December 1917 - 5 March 2011
Landed in Normandy on D-Day, seved with his company to VE-day. In Malaya during Emergency

Lt Col Val ffrench-Blake DSO 3 March 1913 - 11 March 2011
Injured during Operation Torch, regimental commander in the Po Valley, Chief Instructor at Sandhurst

Lt Col Terence Willett 23 December 1918 - 4 March 2011
Artilery spotter, commander and staff of Sandhurst

Lt Commander Barklie Lakin DSO, DSC and bar 8 October 1914 - 1 March 2011
Submarine commander off Europe and in the Sea of Japan

Rear Admiral Brian Mungo CB 20 February 1922 - 28 December 2010
Led firefighters on HMS Indomitable under Kamikazee attack to outstanding naval engineer

Maj General Norman Rogers 16 October 1916 - 19 February 2011
Medic MiD at Dunkirk, captured during battle of Gazala in May 42, escaped from PoW camp in Italy, MiD twice during NW Europe campaign, eventually Army Director of Surgery

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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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