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inmemoriam

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

ATKINSON Air Cdre Ian Atkinson died 27th February 2018 aged 89

BAINES Brigadier David Fitzroy Alan Talnot Atkinson MBE, LH 22 December 1923 - 1st March 2018 

Cdr, 1 Royal Horse Artillery, President Normandy Veterans Association. D Day +1, Arnhem Libya, S Arabia, Germany (British Mission to Soviet Forces, Berlin) later MI5

BLACK Gp Captain Angus Wiliam Blcak 6 May 1925 - 14 February 2018 RAF psychiatrist UK and Aden, post Falklands. Later British Lion

FORD (Later Sir) John Arichibald Ford KCMG, MC 19 February 1922 - 16 January 2018 Royal Artillery Java. Attack on Kervenheim 1945 (MC) Later Ambassador

GERARD-PEARSE Lt Cdr Christopher Robin Gerard-Pearse RN died 9 March 2018

GOSS Lt Col James Brian Goss died 12 March 2018 aged 91

GRAHAM Rear Adm Wilfred (Wid) Graham CB 17 June 1925 - 2 Feb 2018

Bombed at Dartmouth, wartime service HMS Sheffielf, HMS Teazer, HMS Howe. Polaris project. Washington DC C/O HMS Ark Royal. Director RNLI

GREHAN Major Denis Stephen Grehan died 6 March 2018 Irish Guards

HANDSCOMBE Donald Hanscombe 14 June 1918 - 22 Feb 2018 Auxiliary Unit, Home Guard. tasked to be part of British resistance in event of German invasion

HARRIS George Henry Gordon Harris DFC 3 November 1922 - 17 January 2018

Bomber Command pilot  30 ops before age 21. 101 Special Duties Sqn 75% casualties. Legion d'Honneur for ops to liberate Caen

HERRINGTON Air V M John Herrington died 3rd March 2018 aged 89

JAMES Lt Cdr Roger Stephen James died 6 March 2018 aged 82

KINAHAN Maj Gen Oliver John Kinahan CB died 15 March 2018

LAUGHTON Major Peter Ian Laughton 14 November 1923 - 5 December 2017 1st Bn Queens Own Cameron Highlanders wounded Monte Cassino . Post war Far East, Egypt

LOWE Air Chief Marshal Sir Douglas Charles Lowe GCB, DFC, AFC 14 March 1922 - 24 January 2018

Volunteered for RAF aged 18. Sterlings raids on Essen, Hamburg, Berlin DFC 1943 aged 21. Wellington pilot 75 (NZ) Sqn. Led 146 Sqn Valiants. Eventually Chief of Defence Procurement

MCELHAW Wg Cdr Timothy McElhaw died 23 February 2018 aged 91. Last RAF pilot flying RAF plane to shoot down enemy aircraft in aerial combat 22 May 1948

MITCHELL Dr John Angus Macbeth Mitchell CB, CVO, MC died 26th Feb 2018 aged 93

MORRIS Wg Cdr (Ted) Edward W J Morris died 11 March 2018 aged 89 RAF Transport Command

MORRIS Kenneth Morris Royal Marines died 5 March 2018 aged 90

RAMSAY Maj Gen Charles Alexander Ramsay CB OBE 12 October 1936 - 31 December 2017 Aden, Hong Kong, Beliz, Northern Ireland, Germany

SANDERS-CROOK Major William Crook MBE died 18 February 2018 aged 84

SQUIRE Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire GCB, DFC, AFC 7 October 1945 - 19 February 2018. Notice published Feb 2018

Harrier Sqn cdr Falklands on board HMS Hermes . Hunters. Red Arrows QCVS German, Belize Chief of Air Staff in Op Veritas and Op Telic

WEATHERALL Vice Adm (Sir) James Lamb Weatherall KCVO, KBE 28 February 1936 - 18 March 2018

C/O HMS Tartar, Third Cod war, HMS Andromeda Falklands (Capt 8th Frigate Sqn) Last XO 4th Ark Royal, ist Capt 5th Ark Royal D-SACEUR

WILLIAMS Air Cdre Nige Williams CBE died 6th March 2018 aged 67

WOOLNOUGH Brig Bertie Woolnough CBE died 21 March 2018

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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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