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inmemoriam

Marking the passing of those who have served this country on the next page. Contributions and comments from comrades and family always welcome. This month includes George Cross holder.

ARCHER Col Bertram Stuart Trevelyan Archer GC died 2nd May 2015 aged 100

BURGESS General Sir Edward (Ted) Burgess KCB, OBE died 8 May 2015 aged 70

BURROWS Lt Col Dato Henry Fairbridge Burrows died 23 May 2015 aged 92. Late 4th, 10th Gurkha Rifles

DWIGHT Captain Frank St John Dwight died 30 April 2015 Late Cheshire Regt

EADIE Major Denis Sheldon McGregor Edie MC 12 February 1917 - 28 March 2015. Battle of Kohima. Advance Chindwin, Irrawaddy to Rangoon.Liberated prisoners in Thailand

ETCHES Col (Bill) William Watson Etches OBE MC 15 May 1921 - 12 April 2015 No 3 Commando during St Nazaire raid on HMS Cambeltown (One of first to join Royal Marines from Royal Warwickshire Regt) PoW. Palestine. Commande 3rd Bn Queen's Own Nigeria Regt in Congo

LEA Vice Admiral Sir John Lea died 20th May 2015 aged 91

MCDONALD Ewen McDonald RAF 30 June 1920 - 6 May 2015 Wellington bomber pilot shot down over Crete, worked on escapes from Stalag Luft III inc Wooden Horse, Great Escape

MACKAY Sub Lt William Gawen Mackay RN 22 September 1924 - 12 May 2015 CO beach unit comms with army and commandos

PARKER Captain Herbert Blake Parker RN died 24 May 2015

PENFOLD Maj Gen (Robert) Bernard Penfold NW Frontier, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Western Desert, Italy, Greece, India until Partition, Aden, Kenya

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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.

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