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Obituaries published in The Times of London and/or online

27 November 2008

Captain Alfie Sutton RN, CBE, DSC and bar May 21, 1912 - November 6, 2008
Last surviving naval aviator from 1940 attack on Taranto

Air Vice-Marshal Freddie Hurrell CB, OBE April 24, 1928 - October 3, 2008
National Serviceman who rose to head RAF Medical Services

Brigadier Sydney Thomson DSO, MC 14 November 1914 - 8 November 2008
Canadian infantry commander in Italian and North West Europe campaigns

26 November 2008

Captain Michael Henry RN April 28, 1928 - November 6, 2008
Submariner who fired UK's first Polaris missile at sea

Flt Lt Derek Fowler DFM July 9, 1923 - October 17, 2008
Possibly youngest pilot to win DFM for torpedo attack on tanker,

25 November 2008

Col Robert Leith-MacGregor MC, DFC August 23, 1917 - November 14, 2008
Pilot and soldier decorated for bravery in two wars (Western Desert and Korea)

Sir James Stuart-Menteth Bt November 13, 1922 - October 9, 2008
Double amputee who campaigned for other limbless ex Servicemen

19 November 2008

Chief Petty Officer Leslie Sayer MBE, DSM, June 5, 1915 - November 1, 2008
Wartime telegraphist air gunner who took part in perilous attacks on the Bismarck and Scharnhorst

Alan Mackay November 5, 1920 - October 23, 2008
RAF Bomber pilot, PoW and journalist who edited a morale-boosting newspaper for the inmates of Stalag Luft III

14 November 2008

Rear Admiral John Adams CB, LVO December 19 1918 - November 3 2008
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff who defended the need for aircraft carriers

Major 'Spud' Gibbon GM June 7 1924 - October 4 2008
Royal Artillery officer tortured in Korean war and decorated for courage

13 November 2008

Kenneth Scott DCM March 1 1920 - September 30 2008
Wartime SOE radio operator who parachuted into Serbia in 1944 to aid partisans and was captured by Gestapo

11 November 2008

U.S. General Bernard Rogers July 16 1921 - October 27 2008
Supreme Allied Commander Europe 1979-1987

(Hon Col) Charley Fox DFC and Bar, CD February 16 1920 - October 18 2008
Canadian fighter pilot and 'train buster' who may have wounded Rommel

7 November 2008

Stanislav Hlucka October 19 1919 - October 15 2008
Czech artime RAF pilot who was jailed by the communists after the war

Colonel Donald Blakeslee DFC September 11 1917 - September 3 2008
American pilot who flew with the RAF's Eagle squadrons in combat against the Luftwaffe

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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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