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A British soldier, from 36 Engineer Regiment, serving with the Counter-IED Task Force, was killed on Monday 26th July in an explosion in the Sangin area of Helmand Provine. The fatality is currently being investigated as a suspected friendly fire incident.

Lance Corporal Stephen Daniel Monkhouse from 1st Battalion Scots Guards, serving as part of Combined Force Lashkar Gah, and Corporal Matthew James Stenton from The Royal Dragoon Guards Viking Group, D (The Green Horse) Squadron, were killed on 21 July 2010 as they sought to evacuate a casualty. Their eulogies are published in the Obituaries section.

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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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