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The passing of those who have served this country with distinction. Contributions from relatives and friends always welcom

BURLEIGH TAYLOR Cdr Alan Montagu Burleigh Taylor MBE died 11th September 2014

CATLOW Captain RN Thomas Noel Catlow CBE, DL died 23rd August 2014 aged 99

Submariner shot down in Wellington bomber approaching Malta. Liason with Military Intelligence from imprisonment in Colditz

FIELDING Col John Vivian Fielding CBE, Royal Signals, died 7th August 2014 aged 75

FROST Third Officer Margaret Frost 26 November 1920 - 4 August 2014

Wren, then ATA pilot, over 700 flying hours and 25 types 1942-45

KNIGHT Lt Col Hugh Michael Allen "John Henry" Knight MC, DL died 2nd September 2014 aged 94

LLOYD Peter John Ernest Lloyd RN died 25th September 2014 aged 91

NOBLE Lancelot Noble TD died 7th September 2014 aged 87

SINCLAIR Fleet Air Arm pilot James Daniel "Dane" Sinclair 24 December 1920 - 3 August 2014

812 Sqn. Flew off Ark Royal 5 mins befroe torpedoed. Shot down raiding Catania, Italy. German prison camp

VAUGHAN Lt Cdr John David Malet Vaughan,m 8th Eal of Lisburne 1 September 1918 - 2 September 2014

Platoon Cdr Guards, liberation of Brussels. Naval Intelligence Korean War

WADMAN Captain J R (Phil/Robin) Wadman RN OBE died 17th September 2014

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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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