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Obituaries published in The Times of London, May 2009

Rear-Admiral DereSpickernell, CB, 1 June 1921 - 14 May 2009

Director-general of the British Standards Institution, 1981-86

Lieutenant-General Sir Martin Garrod, KCB, CMG, OBE, 29 May 1935 - 17 April 2009

Commandant General of the Royal Marines, 1987-90

Wing Commander Douglas Oxby, DSO, DFC, DFM and Bar, 10 July 1920 - 10 April 2009

Wartime night fighter navigator.

Captain Terrence Herrick, DSC and Bar 12 November 1911 - 15 April 2009

Wartime Destroyer Captain

Major-General R.L.S. Green, 1 July 1925 - 8 April 2009

President of the Ordnance Board and chairman of Care

Wing Commander Ernest Millington, DFC, 15 February 1916 - 9 May 2009

Bomber pilot and MP for Chelmsford 1945-50

Colonel Richard Pickup, CBE, 7 November 1960 - 20 March 2009

Royal Marines, CO Special Boat Service

Captain Frank Gregory-Smith, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, 24 January 1910 - 4 May 2009

Destroyer Captain and D-Day beachmaster

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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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