Fallen Servicemen and Women

Apologies, gents, if I seem a little pompous but there’s so little coverage in the papers now days that I’d like to show my appreciation and raise awareness as it were here for us all to see. Anyone can add to this list, regardless of the fallen soldiers’ nationality:

Senior Aircraftman Ryan Tomlin

On Monday 13th January 2012, Senior Aircraftman Ryan Tomlin, 21, from Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, who was in the Royal Air Force Regiment was killed on patrol by Taliban small arms fire during a patrol in the Nad-e Ali district of southern Helmand Province.

He was airlifted to Camp Bastion where he was treated for his wounds but died in the medics care.

He was described as “one of the best gunners in 2 Squadron” and was “depended on time and again to provide vital surveillance and reconnaissance and long range fire support to his colleges when needed.”

He is the 398th British casualty from the Afghanistan conflict.

He leaves behind his mother, father and sister.

We will remember them.

No need to appologize. Your attention to this service is not the least bit pompus.

Private Gareth Bellingham, from the city of Stoke-on-Trent of the 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment, died from a single gunshot wound through the neck in June 2011.

The inquest heard that Pte Bellingham and 12 other British soldiers were working alongside members of the Afghan national army.

During that patrol, at about 07:30 local time, an Afghan civilian was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

Pte Bellingham was called over to help when a group of insurgents opened fire from behind a wall about 250m away.

He received three gunshot wounds to his neck, head and arm.

A patrol medic started treatment before the Staffordshire soldier was taken to a medical centre for surgery.

He was pronounced dead almost two hours after receiving the injuries.

In July, hundreds of people lined the streets of Newcastle-under-Lyme for Pte Bellingham’s funeral.

He was my friend…

Rest in Piece, Heros all.

We will remember them.

Breaking News on the BBC at this time:

Around 1900 hours local time, a Warrior carrying at least 6 British soldiers was blown up by an IED or old anti-tank mine. 6 British soldiers are missing (they haven’t found their bodies yet) and presumed dead.

This brings the total death count for British forces in Afghanistan to over 400.

More news, and tributes, as this develops.

They were on a routine patrol northwest of Durai Junction on the eastern border of Helmand. All six occupants were killed, including five soldiers from 3rd battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and one from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. Can’t say anymore.

Rest In Peace Brothers

Rest in peace, your deeds will never be forgotten.

As I’m sure you’re all aware. Others pay the same toll. But these men, as most of the recent casualties, are not honored on TV, or any site for that matter, not even their own countries military web page. It’s very good to see that some people take the innitiative no matter the scale.

Slovenian Army

Poddesetnik ( Private First Class ) Sinisa Knez 132nd. Mountain Infantry Bt.

17.4.1990 - 20.7.2011

North Eastern Kandahar ( Direct location is censored even from his family and friends ).

In loving memory of a dear friend, who died far too younge.

From top left:

Sergeant Nigel Coupe, Corporal Jake Hartley and Private Anthony Frampton.

From bottom left:

Private Christopher Kershaw, Private Daniel Wade and Private Daniel Wilford

Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33 years of age in 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, was from Lytham Saint Anne?s, Lancashire.

He leaves behind his wife, Natalie, and two children, Ella and Jasmine.

In a statement, his family said:

“Nigel was a loving grandson, son, husband and daddy who doted on his two little princesses. He dedicated almost 17 years of his life to the Army and we are immensely proud of all that he achieved in his short life. He was loved by everyone and will be sorely missed. Words can?t describe the loss we feel.”

1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment’s CO said:

"Sergeant Nigel Coupe was quite simply an outstanding soldier who epitomised all that a sergeant from The Duke of Lancaster?s Regiment should be.

Professional, courageous and utterly dedicated to his job, he was highly-regarded by all who worked with him. Those who had the pleasure to spend time with him whether in the back of his Warrior, in the mess, or out in the field, were touched by his humour, his kindness and his willingness to help others.

He was committed to assisting the Afghan National Security Forces with transition across Helmand and with defeating the insurgents."

3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment’s CO said:

"Throughout his distinguished career he provided loyal and dedicated service to those he led, whether that be in Kosovo, Iraq or Afghanistan.

Unassuming in nature but with real presence he was fiercely dedicated to his profession as an Armoured Infantryman. This dedication and potential marked him out amongst his peers and few, if any, could match his technical prowess on Armoured Vehicles. It is no surprise that he was one of the handful to be selected to be an Instructor at our prestigious Armoured Training Centre Bovington."

Corporal Jake Hartley, 20 years of age in 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, was from Dewsbury, west Yorkshire. Corporal Hartley showed real potential in the Army, and had already been promoted ahead of his years. He was described as being very popular in the platoon, and that he would always be remembered as the life and soul of the party. He leaves behind his mother and stepfather, Nathelie and Mark, and his brother, Ethan.

In a statement, his family said:

“We are devastated at the loss of our son and best friend. Jake was always in the limelight and a larger than life character. He loved Army life and was very determined to do well and achieve his goals. He was kind and generous, a heart of gold with a wicked sense of humour. Above all, he loved his family and friends.”

3rd Battalion’s CO said:

"Corporal Jake Hartley was the ultimate infantry soldier and naturally stood out from his peers. Fit, motivated, yet always understated, he was one of the best. His rise through the ranks had been swift and rightly so; he was a natural leader as exemplified by his top position on the gruelling Infantry Section Commanders Battle Course.

Corporal Hartley was immensely popular with officers and soldiers alike. He was a future star; Regimental Sergeant Major material for sure. We have lost today a selfless, dedicated leader."

Corporal Hartley also won several Army Cup medals in the football and rugby leagues.

Private Anthony Frampton, 20 years of age in 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, leaves behind his mother and stepfather, Margret and Martin, father, Gary, and sisters, Gemma and Nicola.

In a statement, his famnily said:

"Anton was the life and soul of every party, and always lived life to the full. He had a great sense of humour and always made everybody laugh with his crazy dancing and karaoke singing.

He was a fantastic soldier, winning the Soldiers? Soldier Award in training, and loved being in the Army. We are so proud of him and all that he achieved. He will be missed by all his family and friends and will never be forgotten."

3rd Battalion’s CO said:

“Private Anthony Frampton was a unique young man. Fit, carefree, and always the life and soul of his Platoon, he was a true legend amongst his peers. A thoroughly likeable young man, he could motivate and encourage the entire Battalion with his cheekiness and smile. But behind this cheeky nature lay a truly dedicated infantry soldier, who was committed and brave. This family Battalion has today lost one of its central characters.”

He was described as a platoon legend who could be relied upon to uplift morale when times looked bleak. He was also a rising star in his platoon, having passed the Javelin weapons course and being a skilled and was described as reliable and without equal amongst his peers as a Warrior gunner.

Private Christopher Kershaw, 19 years of age in 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, hailed from Bradford. He leaves behind his parents, Brian and Monica, sister, Sarah, and his partner, Sharon Wood.

Miss Wood said:

“Chris was a tremendous son. He was proud to be a soldier and died doing a job he loved. He was a loving son, a great mate and someone who you could trust to be there for you.”

His mother said:

“Chris - our hero. He loved anything to do with the Army from the age of 5 years old. He lived the dream until the end. God bless, Chris, love you loads, Mum.”

3rd Battalion’s CO said:

“Private Christopher Kershaw was a fiercely fit young man who thrived on soldiering. His natural love of the outdoors shone through in his personal and professional life. Given this passion and his continuous desire to educate himself, he already stood out amongst his peers as a Corporal of the future. We have lost today a true Yorkshire Warrior.”

He aspired to become a JNCO and a section commander as soon as possible and always went the extra mile to help out his fellow soldiers. He was described as a superb Warrior driver and all round quality soldier. He quickly settled in as the “good lad” who always vollunteered to help others.

Private Daniel Wade, 20 years of age in 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, from Warrington leaves behind his mother, Lisa, sister, Stacey, fianc?e, Emma and unborn baby Lexie.

In a statement, his family said:

“On behalf of all our family, we would like to say Daniel was a loving son, fianc?, brother, nephew, grandson, cousin and friend to many. He would have made a fantastic father to his baby girl Lexie who is due on June 12. We are all devastated to have lost such a wonderful caring, brave man. Daniel will always remain our hero, he lived for the Army doing the job he loved so much and it is a testament to Daniel that he lost his life whilst helping rebuild a country torn apart by war.”

3rd Battalion’s CO said:

"Private Daniel Wade was a new young soldier in this family Battalion. A Cheshire lad in a Yorkshire regiment, Dan arrived keen and energetic and in only a very short period of time had made a real mark within Corunna Company.

Quiet and unassuming, he was very committed in all that he did. It is to his credit that he completed his Warrior Driver course so successfully early in his career. His passion for motocross and Superbikes marked him out as a man who loved speed. We have lost today a young man who had so much to give in his life, both as a son, brother and as a soldier."

He was described as having the essential attitude, commitment, demaneur, and personality to excell as a brilliant soldier. He often talked about not being able to wait until the end of the tour so he could see his Lexie. He was a fearless soldier who was always up for the job.

Private Daniel Wilford, 21 years of age in 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, from Huddersfield, leaves behind his mother and stepfather, Diane and Paul, and his brother, Alex.

His family gave this statement:

“Daniel was a kind and loving son, brother, grandson, nephew and cousin who was always full of energy. He never rested and was always out and about living life to the full having fun. He will be very much missed by everyone who knew him.”

3rd Battalion’s CO said:

“Private Daniel Wilford was the archetypal Yorkshire infantry soldier; quiet, unassuming but with bags of character. He was unique, happy go lucky and confident, his smile could light up a room. A thoroughly honest and dedicated infantryman, his friends and colleagues trusted and respected him.”

He was described as being able to keep his cool better than some vehicle commanders and his skill as a Warrior gunner served him well both in and out of the turret. He had proven himself as an extremely competant soldier and was being considered as a potential JNCO “probably against his wishes” Major Edward Colver, Officer Commanding Corunna Company, said. He was always smiling and could remain upbeat in even the harshest of conditions. Nicknamed “Wilf the Man” by some of his friends, he was said to be someone who could get a laugh going and that he had nothing but time for everyone.

Brave men one and all.

We will remember them…

A soldier from 2nd Battalion, the Mercian Regiment, Worcesters and Foresters, was killed in the Mirandab region of Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand Province yesterday.

He was serving in the Brigade Advisory Group, working alongside an Afghan Security Patrol that was aimed at disrupting insurgent activity when he was hit by the bvlast from an IED.

He is the 405th British soldier who has been killed in the Afghanistan conflict so far.


Captain Rupert Bowers

Captain Rupert Bowers, 24, from Wolverhampton and in 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment, was killed in the Mirandab region of Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand Province on the 21st March.

He leaves behind his wife, Victoria, his newly-born son, Hugo, his parents, Patrick and Jane, and his sister, Juliet.

He was killed by an IED explosion while on patrol with elements of Afghan Security forces while he was attached to 2 Battalion the Rifles to work as an advisor for the ANA in preperation for when ISAF forces pull out of Afghanistan in 2014.

Lieutenant Colonel Colin Marks, Officer Commanding Combined Force Burma, 2 Mercian, said:

"Captain Bowers was a gifted officer who was happiest when he was leading his men into battle. Possessing the heart of a lion, he was Mentioned in Dispatches on his first tour [Herrick 6] of afghanistan [after fighting back against a complex and powerful insurgent ambush].

During Herrick 10, he was wounded in action. During Herrick 15 he was the natural choice to be appointed advisor to the ANA for their security patrols. He was closest among his friends and comrades-in-arms and died the way he lived: Leading from the front in the face of the enemy."

Lieutenant Colonel William Wright, Commanding Officer, Brigade Advisory Group, 2 Rifles, said:

“His infection smile, good humour and dedication to his men made an instant impression on us. He excelled in his advisory training and as such it was unsurprising that he was taked to one of the hardest areas of Helmand. He more than rose to the challenge and quickly earned the utmost respect from his own Force Protection group and the ANA company that he advised. The ANA’s success against the Taliban in the area is solely down to his herculean efforts and dogged determination to lead by example.”

Lieutenant Paul Seligman said:

“He was a warrior, as brave as any; I can scarcely believe that anything could bring him to a halt, and the world is a lesser place without him.”

Rifleman Charlie Cohen said:

“He gave me and the other blokes motivation and courage when we needed it most. He also had us all laughing our heads off with his famous one liners! He was fearless and full of bravery, an inspiration to me and my fellow Riflemen. Sir, Rest in Peace.”

Rifleman Paul Shaw said:

“When I first met Captain Bowers I knew me and the boys were in good hands. The last six months have been filled with endless banter about our green jackets and him with his red coat but Captain Bowers is by far the finest officer I have had the pleasure of working for.”

A brave man, displaying the finest traditions of the service. May he rest in peace.

We will remember them.

The sign of a true leader.

The Finnish peacekeepers are up in Mazar-i-Sharif and haven’t (luckily) taken any casualties that I know of in quite a while, so I don’t really have anything to post in this thread. Which is a good thing, considering the subject.

Sad to hear that a local lad has fallen.

We will remember them.

On Monday, 26th of March, 2 British soldiers were killed while at the main entrance to the Lashkar Gah main operating base in Helmand Province by an Afghanistan National Army soldier.

The casualties are a Royal Marine and a soldier, the latter from the Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff & Personnel Support).

They are the 406th and 407th casualties in the Afghanistan conflict so far.

More information in a following post when more news is made public.

Sergeant Luke Taylor and Lance Corporal Michael Foley

On Monday, 26th March, Sergeant Luke Tayor and Lance Corporal Michael Foley were killed by a rogue Afghan National Army soldier at the entrance to the Main Operating Base in Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province.

Sergeant Luke Tayor, Royal Marines, 33 years of age an from Bournemouth, leaves behind his wife, Nicola, and their son, Roan.

Due to the nature of some of his service to the Royal Marines and the British Armed Forces as a whole the following quotes are anonymised.

His Commanding Officer said:

“Sergeant Luke Taylor was one of those very unique ‘soldiers’ who combined the highest professional standards with a completely disarming and relaxed personality. You knew that he would deliver first time, every time. He was a natural focal point; those junior would look up to him, those above would listen when he spoke. He was a great sportsman and always lead from the front. And that is how I will remember him ? a natural leader, with inspirational flair who was devoted to his family.”

His Officer Commanding said:

“A natural team player, he was equally adept on his own using his abundant experience and sheer initiative to drive forward. For me, Sergeant Taylor epitomised everything positive about the military ? he worked hard and played hard and his efforts here in Helmand will not be forgotten.”

A fellow marine said:

“Luke was the kind of guy you wanted next to you? regardless of the situation, he was a cool head and a source of endless banter. I never saw him fazed; he just seemed to “crack on” and many a time dragged those around with him! He had one of those infectious charismas, always able to talk himself out of a situation. For me, like so many, Luke was simply an inspiration. Luke ? thank you from us all for the good times you gave us and the stories that we will carry on telling long into the future.”

A Colour Sergeant from the Marines said:

"Luke, you had a Heart of Oak that came with loyalty and a brilliant sense of humour. These are the traits of an inspired father, loving husband, Royal Marine and quality oppo.

Stand Easy Royal."

A sergeant from the Marines said:

“Luke; a hoofing Bootneck, hoofing bloke, hoofing mate. Always with a smile on your face and the ability to make us all laugh - you will be sorely missed your friend and brother in arms.”

A corporal from the Marines said:

“Luke, a true friend is gone and a legend is born. A hoofing bloke, when Luke talked people listened because nobody could spin a dit like Luke. [He lived life to the max and was] never happy to sit on his ‘Globe and Laurels’ (he’d rip me for that pun). Always the heart and soul of any party and had everyone around him in tears, and now he’s done it again.”

Lance Corporal Michael Foley, Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personnel Support), 25 years of age from Burnley in Lancashire, leaves behind his wife, Sophie, their 3 children, Calum, Warren and Jake, his parents, Craig and Debbie, sister, Lisa and brother, Jordan.

His family made this statement:

“Michael passed away while on operational duty in Afghanistan where he was very proud to be serving his country in support of our combined forces in this theatre of operations. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends and everyone privileged to serve with him both on his last tour and during his military career.”

Major BJ Cattermole, Scots Dragoon Guards, Chief of Staff, Headquarters 20th Armoured Brigade, said:

“Lance Corporal Foley died protecting his comrades - his final gift of service to the Army and his country, and the ultimate sacrifice by a young commander who epitomised selfless service and dedication throughout his Army career. Since his arrival in the Headquarters the year before deployment, Lance Corporal Foley’s infectious enthusiasm, absolute dedication and boundless energy shone through. His cheeky wit, constant smiles amid adversity and indomitable spirit leave a hole in the whole Headquarters here in Helmand, and in our Rear Operations Group in Germany.”

Major AJ Smith, Royal Corps of Signals, Deputy Chief of Staff, Headquarters 20th Armoured Brigade, said:

“Lance Corporal Foley ? A superb soldier, a first class Combat Human Resources Specialist and an utterly dedicated family man. He was one of those people you meet and like immediately; friendly, cheeky, reliable and an all-round good bloke. I cannot recall seeing him when he was not smiling - indeed my banter with him was a daily highlight! He will be sorely missed by us all.”

Major Olivia Madders, Staff Officer Grade 2 Medical, Headquarters 20th Armoured Brigade, said:

“Lance Corporal Foley was a fantastic soldier. No matter how large or small the task given to him he would look up with his cheeky grin, say ‘No problem, Ma’am’ and set to with a professionalism that belied his years. He was fit; loved his PT [Physical Training] and we would often have a bit of a natter on our early morning PT sessions or a nod of the head if he was pushing out some massive weights. Most of all Lance Corporal Foley had an ease about him that made him comfortable with every rank and every background; these traits made him ideal for his job in a multi-national headquarters. I know that when I have my glass of wine in Cyprus, he’ll be toasting alongside me as we often said we would.”

Sergeant Richard Dawson-Jones, Information Hub Manager, Headquarters 20th Armoured Brigade, said:

“Lance Corporal ‘Axel’ Foley was a top, top bloke. Any task no matter how big or small, he was your man. He was utterly dependable and was never fazed by anything. He always did exactly what was asked of him, and more. He may have been short in stature, but he was huge in personality, and would always be in the middle of any department mischief. If it was his turn to receive the banter- he took it with his customary smile, all in good nature.”

Corporal Craig Thompson, Information Hub Junior Non Commissioned Officer, Headquarters 20th Armoured Brigade, said:

“In military terms, he will always be a “Legend.” He was massively popular with everyone and would always bring morale wherever he went. I will never forget his bright smile and cheerful laughter.”

Lance Corporal Bradley Drake, Information Hub Junior Non Commissioned Officer, Headquarters 20th Armoured Brigade, said:

“Axel you were a small man with a big heart. You were always putting me at ease when I first arrived in Afghanistan, showing me the ropes and always saying ‘don’t worry about it mate’. You always did everything in a relaxed and efficient way, always smiling no matter what we were doing. You were the one that got me to go to the gym, convincing me that it would be good to get out the HQ for a couple of hours. Professionally you were always very proactive and hardworking, and would always go out of your way to get things done. Even though you were younger than me, you were someone to look up to.”

Their deaths bring the tally up to 407 British deaths in Afghanistan.

We will remember them.

Logged onto the forum and saw this thread on the “recently posted” thing. Read the name “Luke Taylor” from that post just as the page changed to the login redirect. The amount of bricks I was passing through my body at that point could build us a new FIBUA training town… Bloody hell. D:

Rotten way to kill a man, gunning him down unprepared while wearing friendly colours. Alas, I suppose that oldschool sense of honour doesn’t have a big place on a modern battlefield though.

I think honour still exists between soldiers. These insurgent guys are not soldiers though, they’re terrorists.

On the 23rd of March a Swedish patrol came under IED attack while on patrol in Chimtal - an area around 40 kilometers from Mazar-i-Sharif. One man was seriously wounded by the blast and a helo MEDEVAC’d him to the nearest hospital. As of yet, there’s no info on his condition that I can find, but according to Swedish sources his injuries are “serious but not lifethreatening” and he’s being treated at a German field hospital outside Mazar-i-Sharif. Now it seems a Finnish patrol moving around the same area yesterday has taken RPG fire aswell, luckily without sustaining casualties or injuries.

While not FALLEN servicemen, the Swedish and the Finnish work the same area together and based on the Swedish soldier’s fate after patrolling that region it seems us crazy Moominfolks still have a few lucky stars shining up there in the sky. Let’s hope I don’t have to re-edit this post with information on the Swedish soldier’s death.

My fingers are crossed for a quick and easy recovery for that wounded soldier.

Also, fallen or not, you can post up the fates of servicemen and women here. The whole point is to raise awareness of their plight, as it were.