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Obituaries of former service personnel

24 September 2008 - The Times

Rear Admiral Michael Kyrle Pope CB, MBE 1916-2008
Submariner who spent much of his war as a PoW but afterwards rose to senior appointments in the Middle East (shortly after British sea power thwarted Iraq's attempt to annexe Kuwait) and finally as chief of staff to the C-in-C Far East, implementing elements of the 1967 Defence Review to withdraw from the region.

23 September - The Times

Flight Lieutenant Alex McKie DFM 1922-2008 - navigator on bombing raids whose targets included the battleship Tirpitz and the Bielefeld viaduct.

Captain Edward "Andy" Palmer RN, DSC 1916 - 2008 - torpedo officer for HMS Belfast involved in the battle to sink the battlecruiser Scharnhorst

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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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