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ANDERSON Col Dr Robet Moir Lechmore Anderson died 1 September 2021 aged 80
ARGLES Captain (Christopher) Simon Argles RN 31 January 1934 – 31 August 2021 Gunnery Officer HMS Chichester, HMS Eagle CO HMS Dido  NATO HMS Sheffield Naval Attache Paris during Falklands liaison French Intelligence and military
FARQUHARSON Captain Alwynne Arthur Compton Farquharson of Invercauld MC 1 May 1919 -  6 October 2021 Royal Scots Greys  light tanks Ruwiesat Ridge (Grants) Alamein (Shermans), Italy  Normandy- 4th Armoured D+1 (Firefly) Op Jupiter – wounded MC

HOLMES Maj General Matthew 'Matt' John Holmes CBE, DSO 29 June 1967 - 2 October 2021 42 Cdo Afghanistan Commandant General Royal Marines

A comrade writes : I am saddened to my core at the news of the passing of my former chief of staff, Major General Matt Holmes CBE, DSO. As his legal adviser, I saw first hand how he went out of his way, not just to serve our nation but to serve every man and woman who he encountered. I was no exception. He was the first chief of staff of the UK Standing Joint Force Headquarters. The staff loved him, as did his commander. Sometimes the perfect teams forms in the Armed Forces. That was one of them. He was a leader, for he brought out the best in all those he met. He could find light in darkness and hope in despair. He hated injustice. He would have been the finest of lawyers. He used to share with me his pride in his wife's legal career. People genuinely liked him and few could match his intellect. None could match his work ethic. He could switch effortlessly from being the senior military leader to the cheeky schoolboy in the one sentence (often with just a glance). That was his personality; not some learned trick. Any 'cheek' was actually pure, unrefined charm and never, ever at anyone's expense. I was liaising with him, hoping that he would join me in a sleep out event to raise money for SSAFA in Glasgow. The pandemic delayed that, but it speaks volumes that a major general was willing to sleep out in a wood in Glasgow with me and other veterans to raise funds for the vulnerable. To him it would have been no hardship; just fun. He could make anything fun. Matt Holmes was a Christian and spoke to me about our shared faith; he lived it through every selfless act. God bless you, Sir, and your family who I know you love so dearly.

HOLTOM Brig Christopher Gibbs Holtom CBE died 24 September 2021 aged 74 Intelligence Corps
LONGWILL Dr Col John Longwill died 16 September 2021
MAUNSELL Kit Maunsell MC died 6 October 2021 aged 82 Ghurkhas?
MORROGH Major James McCarthy Morrogh 1947 – 2021 Royal Irish Rangers Bahrein, Oman , Gibralter, Cyprus, Berlin
O'CONNELL Margaret (Betty) Elizabeth Oliver 25 July 1925 – 24 July 2021 WRNS Bletchley Park Newmanry section (Colossus C Watch – Lorenz code)
STEVENSON Major Henry Stevenson MBE 14 July 1927 – 18 August 2021 Ulster Defence Regt Intelligence Officer
SYRAD Major Stuart Syrad RM OBE MC 7 August 1933 – 23 August 2021 National Service then volunteered. SBS. Op Musketeer (Suez helicopter assault - MC) Malta, Singapore, North Borneo, Northern Ireland First qualified RM hovercraft pilot 3 Cdo
TAYLOR Col Charles Eyre Taylor MC died 4 October 2021 aged 92. 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards
THRES Anthony Thres 1928 – 2021 1st Bn Sherwood Foresters 1Para Cyprus Suez amphibious landing (clasp to GSM) Malaya19th Infantry, 6 Armoured Bgde BAOR
ULOTH Col Anthony Conrad Uloth 30 May 1929 – 23 September 2021 Korean War (Royal Tank Regt MiD) Army Air Corps test pilot Defence Attache Khartoum Overseas Defence Relations

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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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