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memorial2 nWe mark the passing, on the next page, of those who have served their country. Contributions from comrades and families welcome.

BENSON James Benson 17 July 1925 - 1 September 2018

Commanded last midget submarine in commission ( X Boats ) Minesweeper 1945 v Japan

BUXTON Captain George Victor Buxton CBE died 23 October 2018 aged 85

HMS Teredo, Trump, Dolphin, Valiant, Blake, Defiance. Later UKAEA and VSEL

CHRISHOP Captain Ian Chrishop RN died 6th October 2018

ELLISON Sqn Ldr (Cecil) Owen Ellison DFC 28 September 1919- 30 September 2018

Joined RAF 1936 as fitter. Later bomber pilt 42 Ops WWII with 70 Sqn Wellingtons North Africa, Italy (mining River Danube DFC) . Later parachute drops over North Korea.

HENDERSON Brigadier Dame Joanna (Henderson) Kelleher 24 December 1915 – 23 September 2018
ATS, liaison with Free French, Germany, Aden, Cyprus, Singapore. Director of WRAC

HOWARD Captain Michael Henry Samuel Howard 26 May 1926 - 16 August 2018 T-Force German 1946-7

IRVING Joe Irving RM died 17th September 2018 aged 98. D-Day veteran

JOHNSON Kenneth Johnson February 1926 – October 2018 British Indian Arny North West Frontier later Colonial Service
KILLBY James Keith Killby OBE 15 June 1916 – 7 September 2018 RAMC North Africa captured near Tobruk, escaped. Medical orderly SAS Op Hawthorn Sardinia. PoW escaped, recaptured
PITMAN Lt (?) (Alfred) Linthorth Pitman 5 February 1916 - 22 August 2018 Royal Sussex Regt
Dunkirk, Western Desert (French liaison with 13th DemiBrigade) Injured twice. Regional administration Tripoli
PLASKETT Maj Gen (Freddie) Frederick Joseph Plaskett CB, MBE 23 Oct 1923 – 1 September 2018
Fleet Air Arm, Indian Army, Green Howards , RASC (Korea), Malaya, Germany, Director of Movements (Army)
RICHARDS Major Vernon (Dick) Richards died 9 October 2018 aged 88
STEEL Henry Steel CMG, OBE 13 January 1926 – 28 July 2018 RASC, Intelligence Corps Greece 1944-7

SWINTON Maj Gen Sir John Swinton KCVO OBE 21 April 1925 - 4 October 2018

Scots Guards 1943 commissioned 1944, lost lower leg to mortar splinter near Bremen April 1945. Malaya 1948 Cyprus late 50s with Ist Guards Bgde later i/c 4th Armoured Brigade Germany

TAVERNER Flt Lt Geoffrey Clifford Taverner DFC, Legion d'Honneur died 16th October 2018 aged 94

Navigator 41 missions 51 Sqn Halifaxes 2 flights on D-Day

VIGERS James Lazenby Vigers MC, Legion d'Honneur died 19th September 2018 aged 94


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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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