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

CORTAZZI Later Sir (Henry Arthur) Hugh Cortazzi GCMG 2 May 1924 -14 August 2018 RAF Inteligence, India, interpreter at Japanese surrender. Later Ambassador to Japan

DAVIS Lt Arthur John Davis 1924 - 2018

Enlisted in RN on 18th birthday. HMS Anemone South Africa, Burma i/c HMS Ready, aged 21, off southern Ireland

EVANS Cdr (Thomas) Keith Evans 6 September 1919 - 26 June 2018

HMS Hood, HMS Hawkins, HMS Glorious, HMS Barham, HMS Penelope

FILBY Major Robert Gordon Filby MC, Croix de Guerre 26 November 1923 - 28 July 2018

Essex Regt. Only platoon commander in battalion who landed on D-Day to survive. MC near Nijmegen Jan 45. "Oh, I did some damn fool things" India until Partition

FORD Flying OfficerJohn Richard Ford DFC RAFVR 18 September 1922 - 9 August 2018

30 ops on Lancasters over Germany and in support of Normandy. 57 Sqn. Later India 228 Group Communications Sqn

HOPKINS Captain John Francis Hopkins RA 1939 - 2018 Trucial Oman Scouts. Northern Ireland

HUGHES Captain Dr Stephen James Hughes 12 June 1957 - 4 May 2018

M.O.2 Para Goose Green. Mentioned in despatches. No casualty who reached him died. Belize. Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot. Lecturer on battlefiedl medicine

LEE Major Richard C Lee died 8 September 2018 aged 88

LINE Cdr Timothy Charles Line died 1st September 2018 aged 87

PITMAN Major Alfred Linforth Pitman TD Croix de Guerre (Bir de Hacheim) died 22 August 2018 aged 102  Royal Sussex Regt TA

PLASKETT Maj Gen Freddie Plaskett CB, MBE died 1st September 2018 aged 91

SCOTT Major James Kenny Courtney Scott died 9 August 2018

SWIRE Lt (later Sir) Adrian Swire 15 Feb 1932 - 24 August 2018 Coldstream Guards National Service

TURNER Wng Cdr Robert E Turner died 25 August 2018 aged 82

VINCENT Field Marshal Richard Frederick, Lord Vincent of Coleshill GBE, KCB, DSO 23 August 1931 - 8 September 2018

Royal Artillery. DSO for service in Northern Ireland (RA Regt acting as infantry). MGO. VCDS (first Gulf War, Options for Change), chief of Defence Staff 1991-2

WATSON - HOPKINSON Pilot Officer William Ian Watson-Hopkinson died 20 August 2018 aged 87. Later Army Personnel Research Establishment

WILSON Vice Admiral Sir Barry Nigel Wilson died 29th August 2018

BLOM-COOPER Captain (later Sir) Louis Blom-Cooper QC 27 March 1927 – 19 September 2018 Captain, East Yorkshire Regt
DEACON Keith Vivian Deacon Irish Regt died 16 September 2018 aged 82
GRIFFITHS Col David John Palfrey Griffiths dies 21 September 2018 aged 71 RTR/RLC
HUGHES Air Cdre Peter Arden Hughes CBE, DFC 18 November 1918 – 1 August 2018 489 Sqn Hampdens anti shipping 27 ops. shot down piloting Beaufighter off Norway. Stalag Luft III. Later flying instructor, Iraq, C/o RAF Seletar Singapore c/o RAF Tangmere
LAPARGE Michael Laparge 15 November 1923 – 20 July 2018 Home Guard. Fleet Air Arm. Seafire Mediterranean, Far East
MAXWELL Wg Cdr Anthony Michael Lockhart Maxwell died 25 September 2018
RAMSAY David Ramsay RN 1937 – 2018 HMS Centaur HMS Otter Perishers i/c HMS Ocelot, HMS Superb. Finally HMS Dolphin
RAWDING Major Frederick W Rawding died 5 Sept 2018
RYDSTROM Cgre Nils Rydstrom LVO died 20 September 2018 aged 97
SHEARWOOD Lt Kenneth Arthur Sherwood DSC 5 September 1921 – 5 July 2018 TLC cdr Salerno, Anzio, Messina
SOMERVILLE Brigadier (later Sir) Nicholas Somerville CBE MiD twice 16 January 2018 – 9 September 2018 One of first ashore at Gold Beach with South Wales Borderers on D-Day, reached objective by 11pm 15 miles inland. i/c company entering Hamburg. Cdr 1st Borderers Aden
TAMLYN Col Roger Stanley Pelham Tamlyn died 14 September 2018 aged 78 RAMC
TAVENER Major Anthony Tavener RE dies 15 September 2018 aged 94
THOMPSON Geoffrey Thompson RAF navigator died 21 September 2018 aged 76
WALSH Lt Col Patrick James Walsh RE died 24 September 2018 aged 84
WEBB Rupert Thomas Webb 11 July 1922 – 27 August 2018 KSOB. HMS Nairana North Atlantic
WRIGHT Captain Peter Howard Wright RN died 19 Sept 2018


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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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