British Forces casualties in Afghanistan since 2001

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The United Kingdom was one of the first countries which took part in Operation Enduring Freedom to topple the Taliban regime in autumn 2001.

As of 23 December 2013 there has been a total of 447[1] fatalities of British Forces personnel including Ministry of Defence (MoD) civilians. The vast majority of fatalities have taken place since the redeployment of British forces to the Taliban stronghold of Helmand province, as prior to deployment in this area only five men died between April 2002 and early March 2006.

In all, 403 of the fatalities are classed as killed "as a result of hostile action" and 43 are known to have died either as a result of illness, non-combat injuries or accidents, or have not yet officially been assigned a cause of death pending the outcome of an investigation.[1] The Army has seen the heaviest losses, with 362 fatalities as of 1 May 2013. Typically those killed were aged between 20 and 29 and the biggest losses seen in 2009 and 2010. Of those killed, 439 were male and three were female.[2]

For the period 1 January 2006 to 31 March 2013 centrally available records show that:

  • 2,116 UK military and civilian personnel were admitted to UK Field Hospitals and categorised as Wounded in Action, including as a result of hostile action.
  • 4,529 UK military and civilian personnel were admitted to UK Field Hospitals for disease or non-battle injuries.
  • 293 UK personnel were categorised as Very Seriously Injured from all causes excluding disease.
  • 298 UK personnel were categorised as Seriously Injured from all causes excluding disease.
  • 6,663 UK personnel were aeromedically evacuated from Afghanistan on medical grounds, for whatever reason.[3]

In February 2010, the British death toll in Afghanistan exceeded that of the Falklands War.[4]

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Background[edit]

See Operation Herrick and Operation Veritas.

Supporting invasion of Afghanistan and serving in the Northern NATO command[edit]

Non-hostile deaths[edit]

The first three British casualties were non-hostile deaths in Kabul, from suicide, accidental weapons discharge and homicide.

Private Darren John George, who was killed by a ricocheting bullet fired by a comrade who had a dizzy spell.[5]

Sergeant Robert Busuttil and Corporal John Gregory. Despite orders rationing beer to just two small cans a day to help prevent such events occurring, Corporal Gregory became involved in a drunken fight with Sergeant Busuttil at a barbecue. Gregory then left the barbecue and returned with a loaded SA80 rifle and killed Busuttil, firing the rifle at him 'up to ten times'. Gregory then committed suicide with the weapon. The Army was subsequently criticised by Wiltshire coroner David Masters when he recorded verdicts of unlawful killing on the death of Sergeant Busuttil and suicide on Corporal Gregory.[6]

Kabul suicide attack (28 January 2004)[edit]

Private Jonathan Kitulagoda[7] was killed, and four injured in a suicide attack in Kabul. The British troops were in armoured [LTV] vehicles when a taxi swerved into their convoy and a bomber detonated 200Ibs of explosives.[8]

Mazar e-Sharif attack[edit]

Lance Corporal Steven Sherwood was killed and five wounded by a lone gunman outside the main Mosque in the former Northern Alliance stronghold of Mazar e-Sharif on 29 October 2005. As a result of its Northerly situation it is unlikely that the Taliban were involved. The gunman attacked the soft-skinned 4x4 vehicle that the soldiers were travelling in, the vehicle was situated just a few hundred yards from the famous blue mosque. The gunman was arrested straight after the incident and has since been charged and jailed for the murder of LCpl Sherwood.[9]

2006 Kabul incidents[edit]

Private Leigh Reeves aged 25, and of the Royal Logistic Corps, died on Wednesday 9 August 2006 in a road traffic accident at Camp Souter, Kabul.[10] There was no insurgent involvement.

Private Craig O'Donnell, 24, B Company of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland died in a suicide bomb attack on the Snatch Land Rover he was travelling in on Monday 4 September 2006.[11]

As part of Operation Enduring Freedom[edit]

March 2006[edit]

Memorial at FOB Delhi

Corporal Mark Cridge died in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, on 22 March.[12] The Oxfordshire Coroner subsequently recorded an inquest verdict of suicide on 22 February 2007.[13]

Lance Corporal Peter Edward Craddock died in Lashkar Gah, southern Afghanistan on Monday 27 March. L/Cpl Craddock died as a result of a road traffic accident and enemy forces are not thought to have been involved.[14]

June 2006[edit]

Captain Jim Philippson was killed on 11 June, in a gunbattle with suspected Taliban militants while he participated in a mobile patrol.[15]

Captain David Patton who was a member of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) and Sergeant Paul Bartlett who was a member of the Special Boat Service (SBS) were killed near the town of Sangin, Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan early in the morning of 27 June. Having been forced to abandon their "Snatch" Land Rover after it was struck by an RPG they were then engaged in a fierce firefight with Taliban forces during which both men were killed. The soldiers were taking part in an operation to detain a number of leading Taliban figures within the Sangin Valley.[16]

July 2006[edit]

Corporal Peter Thorpe and Lance Corporal Jabron Hashmi of 14 Signal Regiment died on 1 July 2006, the two British soldiers and their Afghan interpreter were killed, and a number of others wounded when a Type 63 107mm Rocket hit the government compound they were defending in the town of Sangin. Lance Corporal Jabron Hashmi was the first Muslim British soldier to be killed in either Iraq or Afghanistan.[17]

Private Damien Raymond Jackson, the 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, died as a result of injuries sustained during a firefight with Taliban forces at approximately 1400 hours local time in Sangin, central Helmand Province. The incident occurred during a security patrol to clear a Helicopter landing site.[18]

Since ISAF Stage 3, 31 July 2006[edit]

August 2006 to December 2006[edit]

August 2006[edit]

Captain Alex Eida, 2nd Lieutenant Ralph Johnson and Lance Corporal Ross Nicholl were killed after a vehicle patrol was ambushed by militants in a northern district of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on 1 August, they were ambushed with RPGs, AK-47s and a heavy machine gun.[19]

Private Andrew Barrie Cutts of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment was taking part in an action in Musa Qala, Helmand province, against insurgents when he was killed on 6 August. Troops came under "substantial fire" from Taliban during the operation, which involved 500 British troops, which was their largest action against the Taliban and the operation was supported by Afghan forces.[20] This resupply, codenamed Operation Snakebite, and Private Cutts' death, are detailed in the book Hellfire by Apache pilot Ed Macy.

Lance Corporal Sean Tansey, 26, of the Household Cavalry Regiment, died as he repaired a damaged Scimitar tank at a military base in Helmand province on 12 August.[21] This was subsequently found to be due to negligence on the part of the British Ministry of Defence, because the MoD failed to provide his regiment with proper equipment and training.[22]

Corporal Bryan Budd, of the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, died in a gun battle with Taliban forces in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, on 20 August. He had been in the Army for 10 years serving in Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Macedonia, Afghanistan and Iraq and was about to be promoted to platoon sergeant when he died.[23] He was subsequently awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions.[24]

Lance Corporal Jonathan Hetherington of 14 Signal Regiment was shot dead while fighting rebels during an assault on his platoon house in Musa Qaleh in northern Helmand province on 27 August.[25]

September 2006[edit]

Ranger Anare Draiva of 1 Royal Irish Regiment, who was Fijian, died on 1 September in northern Helmand following an attack by insurgents.[26]

RAF Nimrod crash

Fourteen British servicemen were killed when their Nimrod surveillance aircraft crashed following an on-board fire. The fire was caused when a fuel transfer pipe inside the aircraft ruptured during in-flight refuelling. The aircraft was serialed XV230 and was crewed by RAF Flight personnel drawn from No 120 Squadron at RAF Kinloss. The dead were named as Flt Lt Steven Johnson, Flt Lt Leigh Anthony Mitchelmore, Flt Lt Gareth Nicholas, Flt Lt Allan Squires, Flt Lt Steven Swarbrick, Flt Sgt Gary Andrews, Flt Sgt Stephen Beattie, Flt Sgt Gerard Bell, Flt Sgt Adrian Davis, Sergeant Benjamin James Knight, Sergeant John Joseph Langton and Sergeant Gary Paul Quilliam. Also operational on board the aircraft were personnel from the British Army and British Naval Service, they were Corporal Oliver Simon Dicketts of the Parachute Regiment and Marine Joseph David Windall of the Royal Marines,[27] who were both serving with the Special Reconnaissance Regiment.

Corporal Mark William Wright, 27, from Edinburgh, of the Parachute Regiment, died after a patrol entered an unmarked minefield in Helmand province. Cpl Wright died attempting to save the life of an injured paratrooper.[28] He was later awarded the George Cross posthumously.

Lance Corporal Paul Muirhead, 29, of the Royal Irish Regiment, from Bearley, Warwickshire, died of injuries on 6 September, after an attack on 1 September. He was wounded during a Taliban attack on his base at Musa Quala, in Helmand province. He had been receiving specialist medical care since the attack and his parents were with him when he died.[29]

Lance Corporal Luke McCulloch, 21, of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment, was killed in a battle with Taleban rebels. The fighting took place in Sangin, Helmand province.[30]

October 2006[edit]

Marine Gary Wright, aged 22, serving with Reconnaissance Troop, 45 Commando Royal Marines, was killed along with two children on 19 October 2006 when a suicide bomber on foot detonated explosives next to the Snatch Land Rover in which Wright was travelling; one other Royal Marine was seriously injured.[31]

December 2006[edit]

Marine Jonathan Wigley, of Zulu Company, 45 Commando, Royal Marines, was killed during a four-hour battle with the Taliban on the outskirts of the village of Garmsir in Helmand province, Southern Afghanistan. Marine Wigleys' death is believed to be the result of friendly fire which occurred when air support for ground troops was called to within a range termed "Danger close".[32]

Marine Richard Watson, of K Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines was killed on 12 December during a fierce firefight with Taliban fighters in the town of Now Zad in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan.[33]

Dwyer memorial on Camp Dwyer

Lance Bombardier James Dwyer, of 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery died on Wednesday 27 December 2006, aged 22. He was killed when the vehicle he was driving struck an anti-tank mine while on a patrol in southern Helmand.[34] Various reports give the crew as four[35][36]—the normal complement for a Snatch Land Rover—although another report[37] describes the vehicle as a WMIK

January 2007 to December 2007[edit]

January 2007[edit]

Marine Thomas Curry, aged 21, died on Saturday 13 January 2007 when elements of 42 Commando Royal Marines were engaged in a deliberate offensive operation near Kajaki, in Northern Helmand, Afghanistan. The Royal Marines Commandos were engaged in close-quarter fighting with the Taleban, and it was during this action that Marine Curry was killed. He died instantly as a result of enemy small arms fire.[38]

Lance Corporal Mathew Ford, from 45 Commando Royal Marines, died on Monday 15 January 2007 aged 30. Lance Corporal Ford died when elements of 45 Commando Royal Marines were engaged in a deliberate offensive operation to the south of Garmsir in southern Helmand, Afghanistan. The Royal Marine Commandos were attacking a major Taliban fort, and during the initial breach of the compound Lance Corporal Ford was shot and killed instantly.[39] Subsequent investigation by the British MOD, and a review by a Board of Enquiry into the evidence collected, found that LCpl Ford was most likely a victim of 'Friendly fire'.[40]

February 2007[edit]

Marine Jonathan Holland, aged 23, from 45 Commando was killed by an anti-personnel mine during a routine patrol in the Sangin District of Helmand province on 21 February 2007.[41]

Marine Scott Summers, age 23, of 42 Commando Royal Marines died on Wednesday 21 February 2007 as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic accident earlier that month in Afghanistan. The accident occurred when the Marine Summers was driving a Pinzgauer High Mobility All-Terrain Vehicle as part of a routine convoy in Helmand province on 4 February 2007. After initial treatment, Marine Summers was transported back to a specialist unit in the UK where he later died.[42]

March 2007[edit]

Lance Bombardier Ross Clark aged 25 from Zimbabwe, and Lance Bombardier Liam McLaughlin, aged 21 from Lancashire, both of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, were killed during a rocket attack in the Sangin area of Helmand province on Saturday 3 March 2007.[43]

Marine Benjamin Reddy aged 22 from Ascot in Berkshire, of 42 Commando Royal Marines was killed when his unit came under fire in the Kajaki area of Helmand Province on Tuesday 6 March 2007.[44]

Warrant Officer Class 2 Michael Smith, aged 39 from Liverpool, serving with 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery died from injuries sustained when a grenade was fired at the UK base in Sangin, Helmand Province, on Thursday 8 March 2007.[45]

April 2007[edit]

Private Chris Gray aged 19 from Leicestershire, a soldier of A Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, was killed in action while fighting the Taliban in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Friday 13 April 2007.[46] Pte Gray was taking part in a clearance patrol in the town of Now Zad when it was attacked by the Taliban who were using small arms, heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and rockets in their attack on the patrol. Lead elements of the patrol were pinned down by enemy fire and Private Gray’s Platoon manoeuvred to support their comrades and out-flank the enemy. As they manoeuvred, Private Gray’s section engaged a group of armed Taliban fighters at a range of just 15 metres. A fierce firefight ensued, during which a small number of Taliban were killed. During the battle Pte Gray was shot and despite receiving medical aid, he was pronounced dead on arrival at the British Hospital at Camp Bastion.

May 2007[edit]

Corporal Mike Gilyeat aged 28 from the Royal Military Police, died on Wednesday 30 May 2007 when the American Chinook helicopter he was travelling in crashed in the Kajaki area of northern Helmand.[47]

Corporal Darren Bonner aged 31 from Norfolk, died on Monday 28 May 2007, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Corporal Bonner was the lead Signaller serving with A (Norfolk) Company Group, 1 Royal Anglian Battlegroup, and had been travelling in a convoy roughly 11 km east of Hyderabad in the Gereshk region of Helmand Province when an explosion hit his vehicle.[48]

Guardsman Daniel Probyn aged 22 from Tipton, 1st Battalion the Grenadier Guards died on Saturday 26 May 2007 following an explosion during an offensive operation to clear a Taliban stronghold on the outskirts of the town of Garmsir, in Southern Helmand.[49] Four soldiers from the battalion were also injured in the incident.

Lance Corporal George Russell Davey aged 23 and from Suffolk, was killed on Sunday 20 May 2007 as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic firearms accident at the British base in Sangin, Afghanistan.[50] The Coroner's inquest at Lowestoft subsequently recorded a verdict of accidental death[51]

Guardsman Simon Davison was killed by small arms fire while manning a checkpoint near the town of Garmsir in Helmand Province on Thursday 3 May 2007. He was from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, and was operating from FOB Delhi in Garmsir District Centre, southern Helmand Province. Guardsman Davison was aged 22 and from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.[52]

June 2007[edit]

Lance Corporal Paul "Sandy" Sandford aged 23 from Nottingham, serving with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, was killed while taking part in an offensive patrol with his company aimed at disrupting Taliban forces in the Upper Gereshk Valley area of Helmand Province on Wednesday 6 June 2007.[53]

Guardsman Neil 'Tony' Downes was killed on Saturday 9 June 2007 when his Snatch Land Rover vehicle was hit by an explosion on a patrol with the Afghan National Army close to the town of Sangin in Helmand province, Afghanistan.[54] Guardsman Downes was aged 20 and from Manchester

Drummer Thomas Wright, 21, from Ripley, Derbyshire, 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, was killed on Sunday 24 June 2007 when the Snatch Land Rover vehicle he was travelling in was caught in an explosion near Lashkar Gah, Helmand province.[55] Four other soldiers were also injured in the explosion.

Captain Sean Dolan of the 1st Battalion aged 40, The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, died as a result of a mortar round in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on Saturday 30 June 2007. Captain Dolan was acting as a Liaison Officer between the battalion and a joint US Task Force and Afghan National Army operation. Captain Dolan, and the forces that he was attached to, were observing a substantial force of Taliban fighters from the edge of a vantage point, when they came under fire from Taliban mortars. The first mortar round fatally wounded Captain Dolan and seriously injured a US soldier[56]

July 2007[edit]

Sergeant Dave Wilkinson, aged 33, from 19 Regiment Royal Artillery, serving with 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards died following an explosion during a routine joint patrol with the Afghan National Army in Gereshk, Helmand province on Sunday 1 July 2007. The patrol was conducting routine operations with the Afghan National Army when it was struck by an improvised explosive device. Although all the injured soldiers were quickly extracted by helicopter to the ISAF medical facility at Camp Bastion, Sergeant Wilkinson was pronounced dead on arrival. Four other members of the patrol were injured.[57]

Guardsman Daryl Hickey from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards was killed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday 12 July 2007. Gdn Hickey was part of a fire team providing covering fire as others in his platoon assaulted a Taliban position. During the enemy contact he suffered a gunshot wound. Gdn Hickey was rapidly evacuated by helicopter but was pronounced dead on arrival at the field hospital.[58] Two other soldiers were injured in the action.

Lance Corporal Alex Hawkins, aged 22, of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, was killed in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday 25 July 2007.

Guardsman David Atherton from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards was killed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday 26 July 2007.

Sergeant Barry Keen of 14 Signal Regiment was killed by a 107 mm rocket when it hit the compound near Hydarabad in southern Afghanistan on Friday 27 July 2007.

Lance Corporal Michael Jones Royal Marines was killed in action during operations in southern Afghanistan on Sunday 29 July 2007.

August 2007[edit]

Senior Aircraftman Christopher Bridge, aged 20 and serving with C flight, 51 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment. At a little after midnight on the morning of 30 August 2007 (local time) SAC Bridge was in a vehicle that was conducting a routine security patrol around Kandahar Airfield when it was caught in an explosion.[59] A local interpreter was also killed and two other soldiers were injured.

Private Aaron James McClure, Private Robert Graham Foster and Private John Thrumble all from 7 Platoon, B 'SUFFOLK' Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday 23 August 2007. During a fighting patrol north west of Kajaki, in northern Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, 7 platoon came under determined and accurate fire from the Taliban. A fierce firefight ensued and air support was requested and was supplied by two USAF F15E Aircraft, one of which dropped a bomb short of the intended target area killing the three soldiers.[60]

Captain David Hicks (MC), aged 26, Second-In-Command of C (Essex) Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment was killed on Saturday 11 August 2007 during a violent attack on his patrol base north east of Sangin, in Helmand Province. At 1320 hours local time the patrol base came under attack from small arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades, and indirect fire. It was during this engagement that Captain Hicks was injured by shrapnel, but he refused medical treatment and morphine so that he could continue to lead his besieged troops against the Taliban. An emergency response helicopter later took him to the medical facility at Camp Bastion for treatment, but he did not survive his injuries.[61] Captain Hicks was later posthumously awarded a Military Cross for his heroism in the incident.

Private Tony Rawson, aged 27, from 11 Platoon, C (Essex) Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment on Friday 10 August 2007. Pte Rawson was part of a fighting patrol which came under heavy fire from Taliban fighters shortly before 0600 hours local time. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the firefight.[62]

September 2007[edit]

Private Damian Wright and Private Ben Ford. Wednesday 5 September 2007. The soldiers, both from the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters), were taking part in a routine reassurance patrol 17 km north of Lashkar Gah when, shortly after 0915 hours local time, the Land Rover vehicle they were travelling in was caught in an explosion. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. Another soldier and an interpreter who were injured in the explosion [1].

Sergeant Craig Brelsford (aged 25) and Private Johan Botha (aged 25), both from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters), were killed in Helmand Province on Saturday 8 September 2007. They were taking part in a pre-planned operation to disrupt Taliban activity, south of Garmsir, southern Helmand Province, when their patrol was attacked by enemy fighters [2]. A number of other soldiers were also injured in the incident, two seriously.

Corporal Ivano Violino from 36 Engineer Regiment died in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan on Monday 17 September 2007. He was 29 years old. Corporal Violino was commanding an FL12 Self-Loading Dump Truck on a routine logistics convoy, moving vital engineering equipment to a Forward Operating Base 19 km north east of the town of Gereshk in Helmand province, when his vehicle was caught in an explosion [3].

Colour Sergeant Phillip Newman aged 36, 4th Battalion The Mercian Regiment, and Private Brian Tunnicliffe aged 33, 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters), died in a tragic accident in southern Afghanistan on Thursday 20 September 2007. They were travelling in a Pinzgauer High Mobility All-Terrain Vehicle, 5 km south west of their patrol base in an area north of Gereshk, on their way to a rendezvous point as part of a two vehicle replenishment patrol. The vehicle over-turned and landed on its roof in an irrigation channel. One other passenger was able to escape without injury [4].

October 2007[edit]

Major Alexis Roberts, serving with 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (but usually an Officer of 2nd Battalion RGR) died as a result of an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan on Thursday 4 October 2007 [5].

November 2007[edit]

Lance Corporal Jake Alderton aged 22 from Bexley, of 36 Engineer Regiment died in southern Afghanistan on Friday 9 November 2007 the vehicle he was travelling in left the road and rolled off a bridge [6].

Captain John McDermid, The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, aged 43 from Glasgow. On Wednesday 14 November 2007 in southern Afghanistan Captain McDermid, who was serving with 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, was leading a joint UK and Afghan National Army patrol to the south of the district centre of Sangin in Helmand Province, during which he was also mentoring an Afghan National Army officer in the leadership and infantry skills that platoon commanders need. At approximately 1130 hours local time an Improvised Explosive Device detonated, which resulted in the death of Captain McDermid and serious injury to the Afghan interpreter who was accompanying him.[7]

December 2007[edit]

Sergeant Lee Johnson of 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards). On Saturday 8 December 2007, in southern Afghanistan. Shortly before 1010 hours local time Sergeant Johnson was taking part in operations to recapture the town of Musa Qaleh in Helmand Province in what has become known as the Battle of Musa Qala when an explosive device detonated—suspected to be a mine—resulting in the death of Sergeant Johnson and inflicting serious injuries to another soldier in the same Pinzgauer Vector.[8] Sergent Johnson was subsequently 'Mentioned In Dispatches' for his actions.[9]

January 2008 to December 2008[edit]

January 2008[edit]

Trooper Jack Sadler, aged 21, of The Honourable Artillery Company. While serving with 4/73 Special Observation Battery, Brigade Reconnaissance Force Tpr Sadler was killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan on 4 December 2007. At just before 1300 hrs local time the soldiers were on a tactical patrol escorting two light guns and the ammunition for these guns, in support of the forthcoming attack on Musa Qala, to the north of Sangin, Helmand Province, when the vehicle they were travelling in was caught in an explosion. Two other soldiers were also injured as a result of the blast, one had his back broken. At the inquest of Trooper Sadler it was ascertained that the two guns could have been flown in by helicopter.[10]

Corporal Darryl Gardiner, also serving with 4/73 battery Royal Artillery, but a member of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, aged 25 from Salisbury in Wiltshire, was taking part in an operation to disrupt enemy forces and reassure local Afghans on Sunday 20 January 2008 in southern Afghanistan, three kilometres north of Musa Qala district centre in Helmand Province. Shortly after 1530 hours local time the vehicle he was travelling in was hit by a roadside mine strike. Corporal Gardiner was evacuated by helicopter to the field hospital at Camp Bastion for medical treatment but did not survive. Five other soldiers were injured in the explosion.[11]

February 2008[edit]

Corporal Damian Stephen Lawrence, 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards), aged 25 from Whitby, Sunday 17 February 2008, in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan. Shortly before 2100 hours local time Corporal Lawrence was taking part in a joint UK–Afghan National Army night patrol in Kajaki, tasked with clearing a number of compounds. Immediately upon entry into a compound an explosive device detonated fatally injuring Corporal Lawrence. Another soldier was also wounded, but his injuries were not life-threatening. [12] Corporal Lawrence was later posthumously 'Mentioned in Dispatches' for his actions.[13]

Corporal Damian Mulvihill, 40 Commando Royal Marines, aged 32 from Plymouth. Shortly before 1215 hrs local time on 20 February 2008 Corporal Mulvihill was taking part in a joint ISAF – ANA patrol engaged in operations near Sangin. The marines of Alpha Company were conducting a clearance patrol to deter Taliban intimidation of local Afghans. It was during this action that an Improvised Explosive Device was detonated, which killed Corporal Mulvihill instantly. [14]

March 2008[edit]

Lieutenant John Thornton (aged 22) and Marine David Marsh (aged 23) both of 40 Commando Royal Marines. Just after 1653 hours local time on Sunday 30 March 2008, the Marines were conducting a patrol in the vicinity of Kajaki, Helmand province, when the vehicle they were travelling in was caught in an explosion. Medical treatment was provided prior to both being evacuated to the field hospital at Camp Bastion. Despite the best efforts of the medical team, both died as a result of their wounds.[63]

April 2008[edit]

Senior Aircraftman Gary Thompson, aged 51, of No 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, and Senior Aircraftman Graham Livingstone who served with No 3 Squadron the RAF Regiment, were both killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Kandahar. Senior Aircraftman Thompson is the oldest British serviceman to die in Afghanistan. [15]

Trooper Robert Pearson, aged 22, of the Queen's Royal Lancers. At approximately 0900hrs local time on Monday 21 April 2008 Trooper Pearson was part of the Armoured Support Company Royal Marines who were providing security to a resupply convoy that was returning to Camp Bastion when the vehicle he was driving hit a suspected mine. Another soldier was injured in the blast and received medical treatment. [16]

May 2008[edit]

Trooper Ratu Babakobau, aged 29, of the Household Cavalry Regiment was killed Friday 2 May 2008 in Helmand, Afghanistan at 1350hrs local time while providing protection for a routine patrol in the Nowzad area of northern Helmand. The vehicle he was travelling in suffered a minestrike. Three other British soldiers and one local national were also injured in the incident. [17]

James Thompson a soldier in the SAS (Reserve) died in an explosion in Afghanistan, Monday 19 May 2008. The soldier was patrolling on foot in Musa Qala, Helmand, when he was caught in an explosion and died. No one else was injured.[64]

Marine Dale Gostick, of 3 Troop Armoured Support Company, Royal Marines was killed in action at the Sangin crossing of the Helmand River, southern Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sunday 25 May 2008. His troop were returning to their Forward Operating Base, when the BvS 10 Viking he was driving struck a suspected mine. Another two Royal Marines were also injured in the blast and received medical treatment.[18]

June 2008[edit]

Private Nathan Cuthbertson, Private Daniel Gamble and Private Charles Murray of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment died on Sunday 8 June 2008 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. At approximately 1100 hours local time, the soldiers were on a routine foot patrol 1 km west of their Forward Operating Base in the Upper Sangin Valley when their patrol suffered a suicide explosive device.[65] Their deaths brought the total number of British forces who have died in Afghanistan to 100.

Lance Corporal James Bateman and Private Jeff Doherty of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 Para) both died on Thursday 12 June 2008 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Early on 12 June 2008, 8 Platoon of C (Bruneval) Company, 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment was engaged by the Taliban north of their base at FOB GIBRALTAR in the Upper Gereshk Valley, Helmand Province. During the exchange of fire Lance Corporal James Bateman and Private Jeff Doherty were killed in the face of the enemy amongst their colleagues and friends. One other soldier received wounds which required medical attention.[66]

Corporal Sarah Bryant of the Intelligence Corps, Corporal Sean Robert Reeve of the Royal Signals, Lance Corporal Richard Larkin and Trooper Paul Stout of the Special Air Service reserves were killed in a roadside bomb incident approximately 10 km East of Lashkar Gah, Hemland Province at 1540hrs on Tuesday 17 June 2008. All four soldiers were killed while taking part in a deliberate operation east of Lashkar Gah when the Snatch Land Rover in which they were travelling was caught in an explosion. Another soldier was wounded in the incident and received treatment for his wounds at the UK Field Hospital at Camp Bastion.[67] Corporal Sarah Bryant is the first woman soldier to be killed in the current operations in Afghanistan.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Michael Williams of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) was killed Tuesday 24 June 2008 during a firefight. He was commanding C (Bruneval) Company's Fire Support Group while the Company was on a deliberate operation against the Taliban in the Upper Sangin Valley when he was fatally wounded.[68]

Private Joe Whittaker, a reserve soldier who was attached to 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, was killed Tuesday 24 June 2008 by a suspected Improvised Explosive Device. Private Whittaker was part of a mine detection team and was killed helping to ensure that large vehicle resupply convoys could reach Forward Operating Bases.[69]

Warrant Officer Class 2 Dan Shirley of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps was killed while on a Logistic Patrol from Sangin to Camp Bastion when the vehicle he was travelling in rolled over on Friday 27 June 2008.[70]

Lance Corporal James "Jimmy" Johnson, B Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland was killed on Saturday 28 June 2008. LCpl Johnson was part of a vehicle checkpoint patrol operating in the Lashkar Gar area, when he was killed by an anti-personnel mine.[71]

July 2008[edit]

Corporal Jason Stuart Barnes aged 25 years, from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, attached to 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan, Tuesday 22 July 2008. The incident occurred at 1818 hrs local time. Corporal Barnes was driving a Vector ambulance vehicle when it hit a suspected Improvised Explosive Device. He was returning to base after he had successfully aided in the helicopter evacuation of a casualty who had been injured earlier near Kajaki in northern Helmand.[72]

Lance Corporal Kenneth Michael Rowe aged 24 years, of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, attached to 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, died on Thursday 24 July 2008 on a routine patrol from Forward Operating Base Inkerman in the Sangin area of Helmand Province when the patrol came under enemy fire. Five other soldiers were injured by small arms fire. His explosives sniffer dog, Sasha, was also killed in the incident.[73]

Sergeant Jonathan William Mathews aged 35 years, from 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, attached to 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, was killed in Helmand province 28 July 2008. At 1006hrs local time, a joint Afghan National Army and UK Operational Mentoring Liaison Team were patrolling on foot in the Marjah area, west of Lashkar Gah, in Helmand province. The patrol received reports from locals that the Taliban were in the area but before they could take up defensive positions they received incoming fire, and the soldier sustained a single gunshot wound.[74]

Private Peter Joe Cowton aged 25, from 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, was killed in Helmand province, Tuesday 29 July 2008. At 0600hrs local time, a routine patrol conducting reassurance and interdiction activities left Forward Operating Base (FOB) Gibraltar and at 0847hrs local time encountered enemy forces and engaged them. A short while later the patrol reported one casualty from the engagement who was seriously wounded by a blast, the soldier died shortly afterwards.[75]

August 2008[edit]

Signaller Wayne Bland, aged 21 from Leeds, serving with 16 Signal Regiment was killed in a suicide attack on a vehicle patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, 11 August 2008. At 16.00hrs local time a suicide attacker rammed his vehicle into the patrol and detonated an explosive device causing a number of civilian casualties and injuring three British soldiers who were evacuated to a military hospital, however Signaller Bland later died from his wounds.[76]

Corporal Barry Dempsey, aged 29, from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, attached to 1st Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment, was killed in an IED blast, Monday 18 August 2008. At 8.25am local time, a joint Afghan National Army and UK Operational Mentoring Liaison Team were patrolling, when they dismounted in the region of Forward Operating Base Attal, in the Gereshk area of Helmand Province. During that time an improvised explosive device was detonated which resulted in the death of Cpl Dempsey and shrapnel and blast injuries to one other ISAF soldier, an Afghan National Army soldier and the patrol interpreter.[77]

September 2008[edit]

Ranger Justin James 'Cups' Cupples, aged 29, from 7 Platoon, C (Ranger) Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, was killed in an explosion while on a foot patrol in Sangin town, northern Helmand Province at 0710 hours local time on Thursday 4 September 2008. The explosion is believed to have been from an improvised explosive device. The soldier was given first aid at the scene, but died a short time later[78]

Warrant Officer Class 2 Gary 'Gaz' O'Donnell GM, aged 40, an Ammunition Technician serving with 11 EOD Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps died 10 September 2008 in Musa Qaleh, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. WO2 O'Donnell was commanding an Improvised Explosive Device Disposal team who were trying to make safe a confirmed IED that had been detected by a specialist search team. As a consequence of this there was an explosion and WO2 O'Donnell died shortly afterwards from the injuries he sustained in the explosion.[79]

Private Jason Lee 'Suspect' Rawstron, aged 23, who was serving with C ( Bruneval ) Company, 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment died instantly after suffering a gunshot wound to the head during a firefight with Taliban near FOB Gibraltar, in the town of Sangin on 12 September.[80]

Lance Corporal Nicky Mason, aged 26, from X Company, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, was killed by an explosion while on a routine patrol North West of FOB ZEBRUGGE, near Kajaki, Helmand province, on Saturday 13 September 2008. The patrol was clearing an area essential for the security of the Kajaki hydroelectric dam when LCpl Mason was struck by an improvised explosive device.[81]

October 2008[edit]

Trooper James 'Magpie' Munday, aged 21, from 1 Troop, D Squadron, the Household Cavalry Regiment was killed by an explosion, 15 October 2008. Tpr Munday was driving a Jackal (MWMIK) wheeled reconnaissance vehicle on a routine patrol approximately 23 km north of Forward Operating Base Delhi in Helmand province, Afghanistan when it detonated a contact triggered explosive device. Two other soldiers were also injured.[82]

November 2008[edit]

Rifleman Yubraj Rai of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles was killed in Afghanistan on 4 November 2008 while taking part in a joint International Security Assistance Force and Afghan National Security Forces operation against enemy forces south of Musa Qaleh. Rifleman Rai received a gunshot wound from enemy fire. Despite having received medical treatment at the scene he died a short time later from his wounds.[83]

Marine Neil Dunstan and Marine Robert 'Frank' Joseph McKibben were killed in southern Helmand on Wednesday 12 November 2008 1647 hrs local time. The Marines were from the UK Landing Force Command Support Group, operating as part of Task Force Helmand's Information Exploitation Group. They were taking part in a patrol with soldiers from the Afghan Security Forces when their Jackal (MWMIK) vehicle was destroyed by an explosive device, both men were pronounced dead at the scene. A member of the Afghan National Security Forces also lost his life and a third Royal Marine was seriously injured.[84]

Colour Sergeant Krishnabahadur Dura aged 36, from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Ghurkha Rifles, was killed in the Musa Qala District of Helmand Province on Saturday 15 November 2008. Colour Sergeant Dura was taking part in a road move when the Warrior tracked armoured vehicle he was travelling in was hit by an improvised explosive device.[85]

Marine Alexander Lucas aged 24, of Victor Company, 45 Commando Royal Marines was killed as a result of an explosion in the Kajaki area of Helmand province on Monday 24 November 2008. He was taking part in a patrol alongside Afghan National Army troops to clear Improvised Explosive Devices. He received medical treatment at the scene; however he died of his wounds while being taken to the military hospital at Camp Bastion.[86]

Marine Tony Evans aged 20, and Marine Georgie Sparks aged 19, both of J Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, were killed in action northwest of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province at around 0900 hours on Thursday 27 November 2008. The two Marines were taking part in a foot patrol and had moved on to the roof of a compound when there was an attack by insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and they were badly wounded. Both marines received immediate medical attention and were moved to a secure location before being put on a helicopter to be transferred back to Camp Bastion, however both died from their injuries during the flight.[87]

December 2008[edit]

Lance Corporal Steven 'Jamie' Fellows, aged 26, of 1 Troop Whiskey Company, 45 Commando Group Royal Marines was killed shortly before 0900hrs on in action on Friday 12 December 2008 in Sangin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. L/Cpl Fellows was travelling in the commanders position in a Jackal (MWMIK) when it was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device. Despite rapid evacuation to Forward Operating Base Jackson's medical facility and subsequent helicopter evacuation L/Cpl Fellows failed to regain consciousness and was subsequently pronounced dead.[88]

Marine Damian Jonathan Davies, aged 27, Landing Force Support Party, Commando Logistic Regiment, Sergeant John 'Manny' Manuel, aged 38, of Company HQ, X-Ray Company, 45 Commando Royal Marines and Corporal Marc 'Birchy' Birch, aged 26, of 6 Troop, X-Ray Company Royal Marines were killed in action as a result of a bomb attack south of Sangin, Afghanistan on 12 December 2008. X-Ray Company was conducting an operation alongside Afghan National Army troops to dominate areas posing a dangerous threat to British forces and the local Afghan population. The men who were killed were members of the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) which was working in support of the company operation. The members of the QRF were talking to locals when a 13 year old boy pushed a wheelbarrow containing an explosive device toward them, which was then detonated killing the marines and killing and injuring a number of children and civilians. It is thought that the boy did not know about the explosives in the wheelbarrow and was an unsuspecting victim of the blast.[89][90][91]

Lieutenant Aaron Lewis, aged 26 and from 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery was killed as a result of enemy fire on Monday 15 December 2008. He was at a Forward Operating Base in the Gereshk area of Helmand province when he was fatally wounded when the gun position he was commanding came under attack. He received immediate medical treatment and was then taken by helicopter to the International Security Assistance Force's military hospital at Kandahar, but died shortly after arrival.[92]

Rifleman Stuart 'Oz' Nash aged 21, from 1st Battalion The Rifles was killed by enemy gunfire in Zarghun Kalay, Nad e Ali District, Helmand Province, Wednesday 17 December 2008. Rifleman Nash was covering his comrades from the roof-top of a building in a compound when he was wounded. He was treated on the scene and then flown to Camp Bastion for further treatment, but died from his injuries.[93]

Corporal Robert Deering aged 33 and from the Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday, 21 December 2008. At about 0715 hours, just west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province, a BvS 10 Viking armoured personnel carrier was disabled by an explosion which injured 3 personnel on board. When Cpl Deering, who was a Viking Mechanic, approached the disabled vehicle to assess the damage, there was a second explosion which killed him instantly.[94]

Lance Corporal Benjamin 'Ben' Whatley, aged 20, from Lima Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, was killed in Afghanistan on 24 December 2008. Lima Company was conducting an operation to clear enemy forces from the north of the district of Nad-E-Ali when a fierce and prolonged fire fight occurred during which L/Cpl Whatley was fatally wounded.[95]

Corporal Liam Elms, 26 years of age and from Zulu Company, 45 Commando, Royal Marines was killed by an explosion while taking part in a local area patrol alongside Afghan National Army troops on the afternoon of 31 December 2008 in the Sangin district, Helmand province, Afghanistan.[96]

January 2009 to December 2009[edit]

January 2009[edit]

Serjeant Chris Reed aged 25 and of 6th (TA) Battalion The Rifles died in an explosion on New Year's Day in the Garmsir district of Helmand province. Serjeant Reed was attached to the Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team of C Company of the 1st Battalion The Rifles. He was 2IC of a section taking part in a vehicle patrol alongside members of the Afghan National Army when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.[97]

Marine Travis Mackin, 22 years old and from the Communications Squadron, United Kingdom Landing Force Command Support Group, operating as part of 45 Commando Royal Marines was killed as a result of an explosion on the morning of 11 January 2009 in the Kajaki area of Helmand province. Victor Company 45 Commando was conducting a deliberate offensive patrol alongside the Afghan National Army to destroy a key Taliban command cell. While establishing a vital fire-support location to protect his colleagues advancing on a Taliban defensive position, Mne Mackin was killed by an enemy Improvised Explosive Device.[98] His death was represented on the Sky Television show Ross Kemp: Return to Afghanistan

Captain Tom Sawyer, aged 26, 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, and Corporal Danny Winter, aged 28 and from Zulu Company 45 Commando Royal Marines, were killed by an explosion on 14 January 2009. Both men were taking part in a joint operation with a Danish Battle Group and the Afghan National Army in a location north east of Gereshk in central Helmand Provence. The MoD subsequently confirmed that the men died as a result of a 'Blue on Blue (Friendly fire)' incident, thought to involve a Javelin missile.[19]

Rifleman (Acting Corporal) Richard 'Robbo' Robinson from 1st Battalion The Rifles was killed in Helmand province on Saturday, 17 January 2009. He was 21 years old and from Saltash, Cornwall. Acting Corporal Robinson was on a patrol to dominate ground with his Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team and the Afghan National Army platoon with whom he had been operating since September 2008 when he was killed as a result of enemy fire during an ambush north of Sangin District Centre.[99]

Corporal Daniel 'Danny' Nield from 'S' Company, 1st Battalion, The Rifles, was killed during combat, possibly by friendly fire, on Friday 30 January 2009. He was 31 years old. Corporal Nield died from injuries sustained from an explosion, believed to have been caused by an RPG, possibly fired by an Afghan National Army soldier,[100] during a fire-fight while on a deliberate operation involving a joint UK and Afghan National Army patrol north of Musa Qala. He was operating as the Forward Air Controller in a Fire Support Team of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery which was providing support to the operation.[101]

February 2009[edit]

Darren Smith, 28, from X-ray Company, 45 Commando was killed Saturday 14 February 2009. The marine died as a result of wounds sustained from enemy fire in an area to the south west of Sangin, in Northern Helmand. He was part of a patrol operating in support of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team. The Patrol was ambushed by Taleban fighters and Marine Smith was struck by small-arms fire, however despite receiving medical help from his colleagues he died of his wounds while being flown to hospital.[102]

Lance Corporal Stephen Kingscott from 1st Battalion The Rifles was killed in Helmand province on 16 February 2009, he was 22 years old. L/Cpl Kingscott died from wounds sustained as a result of enemy fire during a joint UK and Afghan National Army assault of an enemy position during a deliberate operation against insurgents in the Nawa district of Helmand province.[103]

Rifleman Jamie Gunn, aged 21, Corporal Tom Gaden and Lance Corporal Paul Upton, all of 1st Battalion The Rifles, were killed in southern Afghanistan 25 February 2009. The soldiers died from wounds sustained as a result of their Snatch Land Rover being struck by an enemy IED during an escort operation in the Gereshk district of Helmand province.[104]

Marine Michael Laski, aged 21, from the Signals Detachment, Yankee Company, 45 Commando Royal Marines died peacefully in Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, UK on 25 February 2009 of wounds sustained from enemy fire while on a reassurance patrol in near Sangin in Northern Helmand on Monday 23 February. Marine Laski was taking part in a foot patrol to provide security to the local Afghan community. When crossing open ground they were engaged by enemy fire and during the engagement that followed Marine Laski was struck by a bullet. Despite the best efforts of all involved he failed to recover consciousness and died with his family round him.[105]

March 2009[edit]

Lance Coporal Christopher Harkett aged 22 and from C Company, The 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Regiment (The Royal Regiment of Wales) died on the morning of Saturday 14 March 2009 as a result of wounds sustained from an explosion while conducting a foot patrol south of Musa Qala District Centre, Northern Helmand. He received immediate medical attention from the medics within his team but died at the scene.[106] He was the 150th British soldier to die in the current conflict in Afghanistan.

Corporal Graeme Stiff, aged 24 and Corporal Dean John, who was aged 25, both from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, serving with the Light Aid Detachment, 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, died during the afternoon of Sunday 15 March 2009, as a result of an enemy explosion. The men were involved in a vehicle movement to the west of Garmsir in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan when the Jackal (MWMIK) they were travelling in was struck by an explosive device and destroyed, killing both men.[107]

April 2009[edit]

Lance Sergeant Tobie "Fas" Fasfous aged 29, from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards was killed in southern Afghanistan, Tuesday 28 April 2009. Lance Sergeant Fasfous was killed instantly as a result of an explosion while taking part in a foot patrol alongside the Afghan National Army in the vicinity of FOB Keenan, north east of Gereshk in Helmand province.

May 2009[edit]

Corporal Sean Binnie from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland was killed as a result of a gunshot wound, Thursday 7 May 2009. Corporal Binnie was killed during a fire-fight with insurgents which occurred during reassurance patrol with the Afghan National Army in the vicinity of Woqab, close to Musa Qal’eh in Helmand Province.[108]

Corporal Kumar Purja Pun aged 30, from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles and Sergeant Ben Ross aged 34, of 173 Provost Company, 3rd Regiment, Royal Military Police, were killed in Afghanistan. The two Service personnel were killed by a suicide bomber during a patrol in Gereshk, Helmand province, in the afternoon of Thursday 7 May 2009. The men had dismounted from their Snatch Vixen Land Rover when they were approached by the bomber on a motorbike, who then immediately detonated his device. 21 Afghan civilians were also killed and 3 other soldiers and 30 Afghans injured.[109]

Rifleman Adrian Sheldon from 2nd Battalion The Rifles was killed in Helmand province during the evening of Thursday 7 May 2009. He was travelling in a Jackal (MWMIK) near Sangin when it was struck by an explosive device.[110]

Lieutenant Mark Evison aged 26, from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards died peacefully on 12 May 2009 in Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, as a result of a gunshot wound sustained during a patrol in the vicinity of Haji Halem, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on 9 May 2009.[111] His family were with him when he died.

Marine Jason Mackie who was 21 years old and a member of the Armoured Support Group Royal Marines, was killed in Afghanistan on 14 May 2009. He was located in the Basharan area of central Helmand, Afghanistan when the BvS 10 Viking he was driving in support of IX Company of the Welsh struck a device. The resulting explosion killed Marine Mackie instantly and seriously injured his crewman.[112]

Fusilier Petero "Pat" Suesue of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was killed in Afghanistan on Friday 22 May 2009. While on a foot patrol near Sangin in Helmand Province Fusilier Suesue was fatally injured with a gunshot wound. Fusilier Suesue was 28 years old and originally from Fuji.[113]

Sapper Jordan Rossi who was 22 years old and of 25 Field Squadron, 38 Engineer Regiment, was killed by an explosion on Saturday 23 May 2009. Sapper Rossi was part of a Royal Engineers Search Team embedded in the Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group and was working in an operation to clear IEDs that were posing a lethal threat to British Forces and the local Afghan population.[114]

Lance Corporal Robert Martin Richards from Armoured Support Group, Royal Marines died in Selly Oak Hospital on Wednesday 27 May 2009, from wounds sustained in Afghanistan five days previously. Lance Corporal Richards was 2IC of a Viking when it struck an IED in the Nad e-Ali district of central Helmand on 22 May 2009.[115]

Lance Corporal Kieron Hill who was 20 years old and from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) was killed on 28 May 2009. Lance Corporal Hill was on a deliberate operation near Garmsir in Helmand province when there was an explosion which killed him instantly.[116]

Corporal Stephen Bolger from The Parachute Regiment, and 28 years old Lance Corporal Nigel Moffett from The Light Dragoons were both killed in Afghanistan on Saturday 30 May 2009. The UK MOD has officially said that both soldiers were serving with the Brigade Reconnaissance Force (although other reports suggest Corporal Bolger is actually part of the Special Forces Support Group). The soldiers were travelling in a Jackal (MWMIK) on an operation near Musa Qaleh when they were killed as a result of an explosion.[117][118]

June 2009[edit]

Rifleman Cyrus Thatcher from 2nd Battalion The Rifles, who was aged 19, was killed in Helmand province, Tuesday 2 June 2009. The soldier was on a patrol near Gereshk, when he was killed by an explosion.[119]

Private Robert McLaren from the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was killed near Kandahar on 11 June 2009 during a deliberate operation against insurgent fighters. When his section became pinned down by accurate rifle fire from two sides Pte McLaren pushed forward to obtain a better fire position to relieve his section, but was killed by an explosion from an improvised explosive device.[120]

Lieutenant Paul Mervis a platoon commander from The 2nd Battalion the Rifles was on a foot patrol near Sangin, northern Helmand Province, when he was killed as a result of an explosion from an improvised explosive device, on the morning of 12 June 2009.[121]

Major Sean Birchall, who was 33 years old and from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, was killed by an explosion on 19 June 2009 near Lashkar Gah, in Helmand province. Major Birchall was travelling in a Jackal (MWMIK) which was the second vehicle in a group of three which were involved in a routine patrol to deliver supplies and check on his men in the checkpoints around Basharan. Although he survived the initial blast and receive immediate medical attention at the scene, Major Birchall died of his injuries before he could be extracted to medical facilities.[122][123]

July 2009[edit]

Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe MBE, aged 39, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, and Trooper Joshua Hammond, who was 18 years old, of 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, died Wednesday 1 July 2009, after their BvS 10 Viking was destroyed in an explosion while the men were engaged in Operation Panchai Palang and were part of a resupply convoy heading toward troops in Babaji, north of Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Provence. Another six troops were injured by the blast.[124] Lt Col Thorneloe is the highest ranking British Army officer to be killed in action since the Falklands War in 1982.

Private Robert 'Robbie' Laws aged 18, and from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) died when the FV103 Spartan armoured personnel carrier he was travelling in was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) while taking part in operation Panchai Palang on Saturday 4 July 2009. Pte Laws had been involved in a dismounted IED search team and had periodically been dismounting and remounting the vehicle as it stopped and started along a road. It was immediately after he had remounted and the vehicle had just moved off when it was struck.[125]

Lance Corporal David Dennis from Command Troop, The Light Dragoons was killed by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol as part of operation Panchai Palang on Saturday 4 July 2009. He was aged 29. L/Cpl Dennis had just been involved in the evacuation of soldiers who were wounded in the RPG attack that had killed Pvt Laws and was returning to his vehicle when he stepped on an IED causing it to detonate. Several other members of the patrol were injured in the explosion.[125]

Lance Corporal Dane Elson, who was 22 years old and serving with the Welsh Guards (Attached to B Company, 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment), was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 5 July 2009. L/Cpl Elson was killed instantly by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Babaji as part of Operation Panchai Palang.

Captain Ben Babington-Browne, aged 27, from 22 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers, died in an incident in Afghanistan, Monday 6 July 2009 when the helicopter he was in crashed[126] while taking off from a US forward operating base in Zabul province. Two Canadian personnel, later named as Master Corporal Pat Audet and Corporal Martin Joannette, were also killed in the incident. It was "determined that the crash did not occur as a result of enemy fire".[127]

Trooper Christopher 'Norm' Whiteside who was 22, and from Emsdorf Troop The Light Dragoons, died on Tuesday 7 July 2009 as a result of an IED explosion near Gereshk in Helmand Province while taking part in Operation Panchai Palang.[126]

Rifleman Daniel Hume who was 22 years old, of The 4th Battalion The Rifles, was killed by a contact explosion while on a foot patrol near Nad e-Ali, Helmand province on 9 July 2009.[128]

Private John Brackpool, aged 27, formally of The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment and serving as a reservist with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, died on 9 July 2009 as a result of a gunshot wound. He was shot and killed while he was on sentry duty on a compound that had recently been secured as part of Operation Panchai Palang, near Char-e-Anjir, just outside Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province.[129]

Corporal Lee 'Scotty' Scott from EGYPT Squadron, 2nd Royal Tank Regiment was killed in Afghanistan on 10 July 2009 near Nad Ali, Helmand province while taking part in Operation Panchai Palang. He died in an explosion as he was travelling in the lead vehicle of a group of BvS 10 Vikings.[130]

On 10 July 2009, Corporal Jonathan Horne, aged 28 from Walsall, Rifleman William Aldridge, aged 18 from Bromyard in Herefordshire, Rifleman James Backhouse, aged 18 from Castleford, Yorkshire, Rifleman Joe Murphy, aged 18 from Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, Rifleman Daniel Simpson, aged 20 from Croydon, all from 9 Platoon, C Company, 2nd Battalion The Rifles were killed in two separate blasts on the same patrol near Sangin, Helmand province. The men were conducting a routine patrol from FOB Wishtan when at approximately 0520 hrs a member of the patrol accidentally detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) which fatally wounded him and injured seven other members of the patrol. The soldiers then recovered their wounded and dropped back to attend to them and await the assistance of the medical Quick Reaction Force (QRF). At approximately 0530 hours, just as the QRF arrived, a second, more powerful device was detonated in the area where the wounded men were being treated, killing another three members of the platoon including Rifleman Murphy who was carrying his close friend Rifleman Simpson, to safety after he had been wounded in the first explosion. Attempts to evacuate the injured soldiers were further hampered by IEDs on the possible helicopter landing areas at the scene of the explosion so the men had to be evacuated to the FOB, however more IEDs had been placed by the Taliban on the route back to FOB Wishtan. The wounded men were finally extracted by a Royal Air Force Chinook and US Pave Hawk which landed inside FOB Wishtan, however another soldier died from his wounds as he underwent surgery at Camp Bastion.[131]

Rifleman Aminiasi Toge, who was 26 years old and from 'C' Company, 2nd Battalion The Rifles was killed by an explosion, thought to be from an IED while on a foot patrol near Gereshk, Helmand province, 16 July 2009.[132]

Corporal Joseph 'Etch' Etchells from The 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was killed in Afghanistan on 19 July 2009. Cpl Etchells, who was aged 22 and from Mossley, Greater Manchester, was killed as a result of an explosion that happened while on a foot patrol near Sangin, northern Helmand Province.[133]

Captain Daniel Shepherd from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, was killed on 20 July 2009. He was killed as a result of an explosion while on patrol in Nad-e-Ali District, Helmand Province. At the time of his death he was commanding an Improvised Explosive Device Disposal team, assigned to the Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, who were defusing confirmed IEDs.[134]

Guardsman Christopher King the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, who had been attached to the Number 2 Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards since late 2008, was killed on 22 July 2009, as a result of an explosion while on a dimounted patrol in Nad Ali District, Helmand Province.[135]

Bombardier Craig 'Hoppo' Hopson from 40th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Lowland Gunners), attached to The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, was killed in Afghanistan, 25 July 2009. While taking part in Operation Panchai Palang, Bombardier Hopson was part of a patrol tasked to reconnoitre a suitable area for a polling station in the forthcoming Afghan presidential elections. During this patrol the Jackal (MWMIK) in which Bombardier Hopson was travelling struck a roadside bomb resulting in his death.[136]

Trooper Phillip 'Lenny' Lawrence who was 22 and serving with C Squadron The Light Dragoons, was killed Monday 27 July 2009 as a result of an explosion that happened while travelling in a FV107 Scimitar CVR(T) as part of a vehicle patrol ensuring the security of an area that had been cleared as part of Operation Panchai Palang, in Lashkar Gah District, central Helmand Province.[137]

Warrant Officer Class 2 Sean Upton aged 35, from Beeston, Nottinghamshire and a member of 5th Regiment, Royal Artillery, was killed as a result of an explosion that happened while on a foot patrol in Sangin District, Helmand Province, Monday 27 July 2009. WO2 Upton was serving in Afghanistan as 2IC of Sangin's Police Mentoring Team.[137]

August 2009[edit]

Craftsman Anthony Lombardi from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, attached to the Light Dragoons, was killed in Afghanistan on the morning of Tuesday 4 August 2009. He was killed as a result of an explosion that happened while on a vehicle patrol in Babaji District, southern Helmand province.[138]

Corporal Kevin Mulligan, Lance Corporal Dale Thomas Hopkins and Private Kyle Adams were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday 6 August 2009. All three men were from The Parachute Regiment and were serving with the Special Forces Support Group and were involved in training Afghan National Security Forces. They were on a routine patrol when their Jackal (MWMIK) was hit by an IED followed up by a small-arms attack. Another British soldier remains in a critical condition following the attack.[139]

Private Jason George Williams from A (Grenadier) Company, 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday 8 August 2009 by an explosion. Private Williams' platoon was attempting to recover the body of an Afghan National Army Warrior who was killed earlier in the day, when an IED exploded killing Pte Williams.[140]

Captain Mark Hale and Rifleman Daniel Wild of 2nd Battalion The Rifles and Lance Bombardier Matthew Hatton of 40th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Lowland Gunners) were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday 13 August 2009. Lance Bombardier Hatton had been clearing a route to a helicopter landing zone to enable an earlier casualty to be airlifted to medical aid when he was caught by an IED blast and was wounded. Captain Hale and Rifleman Wild then attempted to extract L/Bdr Hatton, but all three men were caught by another IED blast which resulted in their deaths.[141]

Private Richard Hunt aged 21, from 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh died on Saturday 15 August 2009 from wounds sustained in Helmand province on 13 August 2009. Pvt Hunt was driving a FV510 Warrior when it was hit by an IED. As a result of this Pvt Hunt's head struck the vehicle and despite wearing his drivers protective helmet Pvt Hunt sustained a serious injury from which he never recovered consciousness. He was subsequently aero-medically evacuated to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Selly Oak Hospital so his family could be with him when he died.[142]

Sergeant Simon Valentine who was 29 and from Bedworth, and was Platoon Sergeant, 2 Platoon, A Company, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday 15 August 2009. Sgt Valentine was on foot patrol near Sangin when he was caught by the blast from an IED.[143]

Lance Corporal James Fullarton, aged 24, Fusilier Simon Annis, aged 22, and Fusilier Louis Carter, aged 18, all of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers were killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 16 August 2009. The three men were taking part in a foot patrol near Sangin in Helmand province when Lance Corporal James Fullarton, who was the Section Commander was badly hurt by a roadside bomb. Fusiliers Annis and Carter went to his assistance, but a second IED detonated, killing all three soldiers.[144]

Serjeant Paul McAleese, of 2nd Battalion the Rifles, and Private Johnathon Young, of 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington's), were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday 20 August 2009 while in Sangin district. The two soldiers were on foot patrol when Private Young was injured by the blast from an IED. As Serjeant McAleese attempted to assist Young there was a secondary explosion which fatality injured both men.[145] Sjt McAleese's death created much media interest in the UK as he was the son of John McAleese MM[146] who served with the Special Air Service during which time he led the storming of the Iranian Embassy in London in 1980.

Fusilier Shaun Bush, who was aged 24, of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers died at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak, on Tuesday 25 August 2009. While on a foot patrol in Sangin district, Helmand province, on Saturday 15 August 2009 Fusilier Bush was attempting to rescue Sergeant Simon Valentine when there was a secondary explosion which seriously injured him. It was clear he would not recover from his injuries and he was evacuated to Selly Oak where he died with his close family around him.[147]

A Royal Marine died following an explosion while on a foot patrol near Gereshk in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in the early hours of Saturday 29 August 2009. His family have asked for no further information to be released.[148]

Sergeant Stuart 'Gus' Millar, aged 40, and Private Kevin Elliott, who was 24, both from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, were killed as a result of an RPG explosion that happened while on a foot patrol north of Lashkar Gah District, southern Helmand Province on Monday 31 August 2009.[149]

September 2009[edit]

Lance Corporal Richard James Brandon, operating with The Light Dragoons Battle Group, was killed as a result of an explosion that happened while on a vehicle move in the Babaji district, central Helmand province, on the evening of 2 September 2009.

Private Gavin Elliott from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, operating with The Light Dragoons Battle Group, died as a result of a gunshot wound he sustained while on a foot patrol in the Babaji district, central Helmand province, on Thursday 3 September 2009.

Corporal John Harrison from The Parachute Regiment was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday 9 September 2009.

Kingsman Jason Dunn-Bridgeman from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was killed in a firefight with the enemy during a foot patrol in the Babaji district of Helmand province on 13 September 2009.

Trooper Brett Hall from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment died at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak, on Wednesday 16 September 2009 of wounds sustained in Afghanistan.

Acting Serjeant Stuart McGrath from 2nd Battalion The Rifles was killed as a result of an explosion that happened while on a foot patrol in the Gereshk district, central Helmand province, on the afternoon of 16 September 2009.

Acting Sergeant Michael Lockett MC, of 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) was killed in Afghanistan on Monday 21 September 2009.

Private James Prosser from 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh was killed as a result of an explosion that happened during a vehicle patrol in Musa Qaleh district, northern Helmand province on 27 September 2009.

October 2009[edit]

Acting Corporal Marcin Wojtak from 34 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment was killed as a result of an explosion while commanding his vehicle in the desert to the south of Bastion Joint Operating Base on Thursday 1 October 2009.

Guardsman Jamie Janes from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, was killed as a result of an explosion that happened while on a foot patrol near to Nad e-Ali district centre in central Helmand province on Monday 5 October 2009.[150]

Lance Corporal James Hill from 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards was killed as a result of an explosion near Camp Bastion in Helmand Province on Thursday 8 October 2009.

Corporal Thomas Mason from the Royal Military Police, killed by an explosion while on foot patrol in Kandahar on 22 October 2009.

Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid GC from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, died in an explosion while trying to defuse a roadside bomb on 31 October 2009 near Sangin, in Helmand Province.

November 2009[edit]

Note: Please add the correct ranks and titles to those fallen personnel below:

Sergeant Matthew Telford, Corporal Steven Boote (RMP), Guardsman Jimmy Major, Warrant Officer Class 1 (RSM) Darren Chant and Corporal Nicholas Webster-Smith (RMP) from 1st Battalion, The Grenadier Guards were all killed by an Afghan soldier who was posing as a police officer at Nadi-e-Ali in Helmand Province on 3 November 2009.

Serjeant Phillip Scott from 3rd Battalion, The Rifles was killed by an improvised explosive device at Sangin, Helmand Province on 5 November 2009.

Rifleman Philip Allen from 2nd Battalion, The Rifles was killed by an improvised explosive device at Sangin, Helmand Province on 7 November 2009.

Rifleman Samuel Bassett from 4th Battalion, The Rifles died in hospital from injuries sustained in a blast at Sangin, Helmand Province on 8 November 2009.

Rifleman Andrew Fentiman from 7th Battalion, The Rifles was killed by enemy fire while on foot patrol at Sangin, Helmand Province on 15 November 2009.

Cpl Loren Marlton-Thomas from 33 Engineer Regiment was killed by an improvised explosive device in Gereshk, Helmand Province on 15 November 2009.

Sgt Robert Loughran-Dickson from the Royal Military Police died from gunshot wounds sustained on patrol in Nad-e-Ali in Helmand Province on 18 November 2009.

Acting Sgt John Amer from 1st Battalion, The Coldstream Guards died from wounds sustained in an explosion at Babaji, Helmand Province on 30 November 2009.

December 2009[edit]

Adam Drane from 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment died as a result of small arms fire while guarding a checkpoint in the Nad-e-Ali area, in central Helmand province on 7 December 2009. On 8 December 2009, he was announced as the 100th British soldier to die in Afghanistan in the year 2009.[151] This year had been the bloodiest for British forces since the Falklands War in 1982, and followed 39 British deaths in Afghanistan in 2006, 42 in 2007 and 51 in 2008.[152][153][154] The number of British troops wounded in Afghanistan had doubled in a year: 432 servicemen and women injured so far in 2009—compared to 235 in all of 2008.[155]

Corporal Simon Hornby, from 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was caught in an explosion on foot patrol in Helmand on 20 December.[156]

Lance Corporal David Kirkness and Rifleman James Brown both from the 3rd Battalion, The Rifles were killed by a suspected suicide bomber near Sangin in Helmand Province on Tuesday 15 December 2009.[157] This raised UK fatalities since 2001 in this theatre to 239, 102 of these sustained in 2009.

On 23 December, an investigation was started to the deaths of Lance Corporal Michael David Pritchard, a member of the Royal Military Police who was attached to 3rd Battalion The Rifles, and Lance Corporal Christopher Roney from 3rd Battalion the Rifles, who possibly died as a result of friendly fire ("blue on blue"), the last one after a vicious firefight in Patrol Base Almas near Sangin in Helmand.[158][159][160][161] This brought the number of British service personnel deaths in Afghanistan in 2009 to 106. There had been 243 British troops killed in Afghanistan since 2001.

On 28 December, Rfn Aidan Howell from 3rd Battalion The Rifles, died in an explosion while on patrol in the Kajaki area of Helmand province. This casualty brought the number of British soldiers killed in the conflict since 2001 to 244, including 107 in 2009.[162]

On 31 December, Sapper David Watson from Royal Engineers, died in an explosion while on patrol in the Sangin area of Helmand province. This casualty brought the number of British soldiers killed in the conflict since 2001 to 245, including 108 in 2009.

Official number of casualties[edit]

On 15 December, the official casualty toll up to the end of November 2009 was released by the Ministry of Defence: more than 1,000 members of the Armed Forces had been wounded in action in Afghanistan since the mission began in late 2001. The vast majority of them was since 2006, when the campaign started in the southern Helmand province. One third of the wounded suffered serious or very serious injuries.

2009 was the worst year of the War in Afghanistan for the UK army with 95 soldiers killed in action.[163][164][165]

In 2009 the total number of deaths had exceeded the landmark of 100 and nearly half of the 464 wounded in battle were injured since November 2008. The increase in injured service personnel had also been marked compared with previous years. In 2008, the total number wounded in action was 235. In 2006, when 16 Air Assault Brigade was sent to Helmand, 85 were wounded in action.

All the injured received initial treatment at the British military hospital at Camp Bastion in central Helmand, before being evacuated to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham. Wounded militaries requiring artificial limbs or rehabilitation for other injuries were then sent to the special defence medical facility at Headley Court, near Dorking, Surrey.

The British Prince William paid tribute in December 2009 to the Armed Forces at the annual military awards, organised by The Sun newspaper.[166] In her yearly Christmas message, the British Queen Elizabeth paid tribute to the Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan. She expressed her sadness at the death toll and praised the stoicism showed by bereaved families of killed military personnel.[167]

January 2010 to December 2010[edit]

January 2010[edit]

On 3 January, Private Robert Hayes, aged 19, from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment was killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand.[168]

On 11 January Captain Daniel Read, aged 31 from Royal Logistic Corps, 11 EOD Regiment was killed by an IED in Helmand.[169]

On 15 January Corporal Lee Brownson, aged 30 from 3rd Battalion The Rifles was killed by an IED in Helmand.[170]

On 15 January Rifleman Luke Famer, aged 19 from 3rd Battalion The Rifles was killed by an IED in Helmand.[170]

On 22 January, the death of Rifleman Peter Aldridge, aged 19, of A Company, 4 Rifles, in a bomb explosion in Sangin, Helmand province while on foot patrol, brought the British death toll since the start of the Afghanistan war to 250. The number of British dead in the country then reached five short of the total who died in the Falklands war.[171]

On 24 January, L/Cpl Daniel Cooper, aged 21, from 3rd Battalion The Rifles, died in an explosion while on patrol in the Sangin area of Helmand province.[172]

February 2010[edit]

On 1 February, Cpl Liam Riley, aged 21, from 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, died in an explosion while on patrol near Malgir in Helmand province.[173]

On 1 February, L/Cpl Graham Shaw, aged 27, from 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, died in an explosion while on patrol near Malgir in Helmand province.[173]

On 7 February, Pte Sean McDonald, aged 26, from 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Royal Scots Borderers, died in an explosion while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[174]

On 7 February, Cpl John Moore, aged 22, from 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Royal Scots Borderers, died in an explosion while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[174]

On 8 February, Warrant Officer Class 2 David Markland, aged 36, from 36 Engineer Regiment, died in an explosion while conducting route clearance operations in the Nad Ali area in Helmand province.[175]

On 11 February, L/Cpl Darren Hicks, aged 29, from 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards, died in an explosion while on patrol in Babaji in Helmand province.[176]

On 13 February, L/Sgt Dave Greenhalgh, aged 25, from Grenadier Guards, 1st Battalion, died in an explosion while on patrol in the Nad Ali area in Helmand province.[177]

On 14 February, Kingsman Sean Dawson, aged 19, from The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, 2nd Battalion, died after being shot by Afghan forces in an friendly fire incident in Musa Qala in Helmand province.[178]

On 14 February, Rifleman Mark Marshall, aged 29, from 6th Battalion The Rifles, 3 Rifles Battle Group, died in an explosion while on patrol in the north-east of Sangin in Helmand province.[179]

On 15 February, Sapper Guy Mellors, aged 20, from 36 Engineer Regiment, died in an explosion while clearing roadside bombs north-east of Sangin in Helmand province.[180]

On 18 February, Lt Douglas Dalzell, aged 27, from 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards, died in an explosion while on patrol in Babaji in Helmand province.[181]

On 18 February, L/Sgt David Walker, aged 36, from 1st Battalion Scots Guards, died in after being shot while on patrol in Nad Ali in Helmand province.[182]

On 24 February, Senior Aircraftman Luke Southgate, aged 20, from 2 Squadron, Kandahar Airfield Defence Force, died in an explosion while on patrol North of Kandahar Airfield in Helmand province.[183]

On 25 February, Rifleman Martin Kinggett, aged 19, from A Company 4 Rifles, 3 Rifles Battle Group, died in an shooting while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[184]

On 26 February, Sgt Paul Fox, aged 34, from 28 Engineer Regiment, attached to the Brigade Reconnaissance Force, died in an explosion while on patrol in Nad Ali in Helmand province.[185]

March 2010[edit]

On 1 March, Rfn Carlo Apolis, aged 28, from A Company, 4 Rifles, 3 Rifles Battle Group, died in an shooting while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[186]

On 2 March, Cpl Richard Green, aged 23, from 3rd Battalion, The Rifles, Recce Platoon, died in an shooting while manning a vehicle checkpoint near Sangin in Helmand province.[187]

On 5 March, Rfn Jonathon Allott, aged 19, from 3rd Battalion, The Rifles, died in an explosion while on patrol in Sangin in Helmand province.[188]

On 6 March, Rfn Liam Maughan, aged 18, from 3rd Battalion, The Rifles, died in an shooting while on patrol near Malgir in Helmand province.[189]

On 7 March, Cpl Stephen Thompson, aged 31, from 1st Battalion, The Rifles, serving with 3rd Battalion, The Rifles Battle Group, died in an explosion while on patrol in the Sangin area in Helmand province.[190]

On 7 March, L/Cpl Tom Keogh, aged 24, from A Company, 4th Battalion, The Rifles, part of the 3 Rifles Battle Group, died in an shooting while on patrol in the Sangin area in Helmand province.[191]

On 15 March, Cpt Martin Driver, aged 31, from 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, serving with Household Cavalry Regiment Battle Group, died in an explosion while on patrol in the Musa Qala district in Helmand province.[192]

On 16 March, L/Cpl Scott Hardy, aged 26, from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, serving with Household Cavalry Regiment Battle Group, died in an explosion while on patrol north of Musa Qala in Helmand province.[193]

On 16 March, Pte James Grigg, aged 21, from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, serving with Household Cavalry Regiment Battle Group, died in an explosion while on patrol north of Musa Qala in Helmand province.[193]

On 22 March, Sjt Steven Campbell, aged 30, from A Company, 3rd Battalion The Rifles, part of the 3 Rifles Battle Group, died in an explosion while on patrol in Sangin in Helmand province.[194]

On 26 March, L/Cpl of Horse Jonathan Woodgate, aged 27, from Household Cavalry Regiment, died in an explosion while on patrol in the Sangin area in Helmand province.[195]

On 27 March, Rfn Daniel Holkham, aged 19, from 3rd Battalion The Rifles, part of the 3 Rifles Battle Group, died in an explosion while on patrol in the Sangin area in Helmand province.[196]

April 2010[edit]

On 1 April, Guardsman Michael Sweeney, aged 19, from 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards, died in an explosion while on patrol in Babaji in Helmand province.[197]

On 4 April, Rfn Mark Turner, aged 20, from 3rd Battalion The Rifles, died in an explosion while on patrol near the Kajaki area in Helmand province.[198]

On 7 April, Fusilier Jonathan Burgess, aged 21, from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, 3 Platoon, A Company, died in an shooting while on patrol near the Nad Ali area in Helmand province.[199]

May 2010[edit]

On 2 May, Cpl Alex Harvey Holmes, aged 22, from 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment serving with 40 Commando Royal Marines Battle Group, died in an explosion while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[200]

On 3 May, Sapper Daryn Roy, aged 28, from 21 Engineer Regiment, died in an explosion while on vehicle patrol in Nad Ali in Helmand province.[201]

On 3 May, L/Cpl Barry Buxton, aged 27, from 21 Engineer Regiment, died after road collapsed causing his vehicle to roll into a canal in Nad Ali in Helmand province.[201]

On 9 May, Cpl Christopher Harrison, aged 26, from Bravo Company, 40 Commando, died in an explosion while on patrol in Sangin in Helmand province.[202]

On 21 May, Cpl Stephen Walker, aged 42, from 40 Commando, died in an explosion while on patrol in Sangin in Helmand province.[203]

On 26 May, Gunner Zak Cusack, aged 20, from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, died in an shooting while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[204]

On 26 May, Cpl Stephen Curley, aged 26, from 40 Commando, died in an explosion while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[205]

On 30 May, Marine Scott Taylor, aged 21, from Alpha Company, 40 Commando, died in an explosion while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[206]

June 2010[edit]

On 2 June, Marine Anthony Hotine, aged 21, from Alpha Company, 40 Commando, died in an explosion while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[207]

On 4 June, L/Cpl Terry Webster, aged 24, from 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, shot and killed while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[208]

On 4 June, L/Cpl Alan Cochran, aged 23, from 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, shot and killed while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[208]

On 8 June, Lance Bombardier Mark Chandler, aged 32, from Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, attached to 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, shot and killed while on patrol near Nad Ali in Helmand province.[209]

On 9 June, Pte Jonathan Monk, aged ??, from 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, Attached to 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, died in an explosion while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[210]

On 12 June, L/Cpl Andrew Breeze, aged 31, from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, part of 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles Battle Group, died in an explosion while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[211]

On 14 June, Marine James Steven Birdsall, aged 20, from Bravo Company, 40 Commando, died in a hospital in the UK after being shot while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[212]

On 15 June, Cpl Taniela Rogoiruwai, aged 32, from 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, shot and killed while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[213]

On 15 June, Kingsman Ponipate Tagitaginimoce, aged 29, from 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, shot and killed while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[213]

On 18 June, Trooper Ashley David Smith, aged 21, from D Squadron, Viking Group, Royal Dragoon Guards, died in an explosion while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[214]

On 20 June, Marine Richard Hollington, aged 23, from Bravo Company, 40 Commando, died in a hospital in the UK by an explosion while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[215]

On 21 June, Marine Paul Warren, aged 23, from Charlie Company, 40 Commando, died in an blast by a grenade when his patrol base was attacked near Sangin in Helmand province.[216]

On 22 June, L/Cpl Michael Taylor, aged 30, from Charlie Company, 40 Commando, shot and killed while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[217]

On 23 June, L/Cpl David Andrew Ramsden, aged 26, from 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, died in an vehicle accident with three other soldiers while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[218]

On 23 June, Pte Alex Isaac, aged 20, from 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, died in an vehicle accident with three other soldiers while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[218]

On 23 June, Colour Sgt Simon Martyn Horton, aged 34, from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, died in an vehicle accident with three other soldiers while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[218]

On 23 June, Pte Douglas Niall Halliday, aged 20, from 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, died in an vehicle accident with three other soldiers while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[218]

On 23 June, Sgt Steven William Darbyshire, aged 35, from Alpha Company, 40 Commando, shot and killed while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[219]

On 26 June, Bombardier Stephen Raymond Gilbert, aged 36, from 4th Regiment, Royal Artillery, died in an hospital in the UK due to an explosion while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[220]

On 27 June, Cpl Jamie Kirkpatrick, aged 32, from 101 Engineer Regiment, shot and killed while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[221]

July 2010[edit]

On 1 July, Cpl Seth Stephens, aged 42, from Special Boat Service, Royal Marines, shot and killed while on patrol near Haji Wakil in Helmand province.[222]

On 5 July, Pte Thomas Sephton, aged 20, from 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, died in an hospital in the UK by an explosion while on patrol near Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[223]

On 5 July, Trooper James Leverett, aged 20, from D Squadron, Viking Group, Royal Dragoon Guards, died in an explosion while on patrol near Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[224]

On 8 July, Bombardier Samuel Robinson, aged 31, from 5th Regiment Royal Artillery, died in an explosion while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[225]

On 8 July, Marine David Charles Hart, aged 23, from 40 Commando, Royal Marines, died in an explosion while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[226]

On 13 July, Cpl Arjun Purja Pun, aged 33, from 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, shot and killed by an Afghan soldier while on patrol near Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[227]

On 13 July, Lt Neal Turkington, aged 26, from 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, shot and killed by an Afghan soldier while on patrol near Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[227]

On 13 July, Marine Matthew Harrison, aged 23, from Charlie Company, 40 Commando, shot and killed while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[228]

On 13 July, Major James Joshua Bowman, aged 34, from 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, shot and killed by an Afghan soldier while on patrol near Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[229]

On 16 July, Senior Aircraftman Kinikki Griffiths, aged 20, from the Royal Air Force, died in an crash while on patrol near Camp Bastion in Helmand province.[230]

On 16 July, Marine Jonathan Crookes, aged 26, from 40 Commando, Royal Marines, died in an explosion while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[231]

On 17 July, Sgt David Monkhouse, aged 35, from The Royal Dragoon Guards, died in an explosion while on patrol near Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[231]

On 17 July, Staff Sgt Brett Linley, aged 29, from Royal Logistic Corps, died in an explosion while on patrol near Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province.[232]

On 21 July, L/Cpl Matthew James Stenton, aged 23, from The Royal Dragoon Guards, shot and killed while on patrol near Lashkar Gah in Helmand province.[233]

On 21 July, L/Cpl Stephen Daniel Monkhouse, aged 28, from 1st Battalion, Scots Guards, shot and killed while on patrol near Lashkar Gah in Helmand province.[233]

On 26 July, Sapper Mark Antony Smith, aged 26, from 36 Engineer Regiment, died in an suspected 'friendly fire' incident while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province.[234]

August 2010[edit]

On 7 August, Ken McGonigle, aged 50, a former member of the RUC,[235] saved the life[236] of one of the most senior US officers[237] in Afghanistan when he was killed. He was working in Musa Qal’eh, Helmand province with private security company New Century,[238] when he exchanged fire with two escaped Taliban prisoners who were taking aim with a grenade launcher at a US special forces helicopter leaving a base. The 50-year-old Co Londonderry father of four was shot dead and two US Marines[239] were subsequently killed in the fight. But the MC-22 Osprey aircraft, which can operate as both a helicopter and a turbo-prop aeroplane, escaped. It later emerged that vice admiral Robert Harward, a three-star US Navy SEAL who has been nominated to take over as deputy commander of US forces in Afghanistan, was in the aircraft. His actions later merited the award of the Queens Gallantry Medal.[240]

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On 5 November, Warrant Officer Class 2 Ian Fisher, aged 42, from 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, killed by vehicle-borne suicide attack while on patrol.[241]

December 2013[edit]

On 23 December, Captain Richard Holloway from the Royal Engineers was killed in combat whilst battling hostiles in the East of Kabul[242]

January 2014 to December 2014[edit]

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Political impact[edit]

British casualties in Afghanistan have had a major political impact, although not as significant as the impact of British casualties in Iraq. This is mainly because the three main British political parties (Labour, Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats) all support British operations in the country.[243] However British casualties in the middle of 2006 did lead to the government's decision to reinforce the British contingent.[244]

Toward the end of 2008 the numbers of troops being killed or seriously injured while travelling in lightly armoured Snatch Land Rovers in both Iraq and Afghanistan raised questions in the United Kingdom Parliament about the suitability of the vehicles for use in these theatres.[245][246][247][248][249] Members of the public and families of killed and injured servicemen have campaigned about perceived problems with these vehicles including an online petition to the office of the Prime Minister.[250]

Tables showing British fatalities[edit]

2014[edit]

Date of death Name Rank Age Sub unit Unit Cause of death Location of death Place of origin

2013[edit]

Date of death Name Rank Age Sub unit Unit Cause of death Location of death Place of origin
23/12/13 Richard Holloway Captain 29 WITHELD Royal Engineers Shot East of Kabul WITHELD

2012[edit]

Date of death Name Rank Age Sub unit Unit Cause of death Location of death Place of origin

2011[edit]

Date of death Name Rank Age Sub unit Unit Cause of death Location of death Place of origin

2010[edit]

Date of death Name Rank Age Sub unit Unit Cause of death Location of death Place of origin

2009[edit]

In overall 2009, it was announced that 108 British troops had been killed in 2009.[251]

Date of death Name Rank Age Sub unit Unit Cause of death Location of death Place of origin
27 July 2009 Sean Upton Warrant Officer Class 2 35 5th Regiment Royal Artillery explosion Sangin, Helmand province Beeston, England
27 July 2009 Phillip 'Lenny' Lawrence Trooper 22 C Squadron The Light Dragoons explosion Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province Birkenhead, England
25 July 2009 Craig 'Hoppo' Hopson Bombardier 24 40th Regiment (The Lowland Gunners) Royal Artillery Improvised explosive device Babaji, Helmand province Castleford, England
22 July 2009 Christopher King Guardsman 20 Attached Number 2 Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards Coldstream Guards Improvised explosive device Nad Ali, Helmand Province Birkenhead, England
20 July 2009 Daniel Shepherd Captain 28 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment Royal Logistics Corps Improvised explosive device Nad Ali, Helmand Province Lincoln, England
20 July 2009 Joseph 'Etch' Etchells Corporal 22 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Improvised explosive device Sangin, Helmand Province Mossley, England
16 July 2009 Aminiasi Toge Rifleman 26 2nd Battalion The Rifles Improvised explosive device Gereshk, Helmand province Fiji
10 July 2009 Jonathan Horne Corporal 28 2nd Battalion The Rifles Improvised explosive device Sangin, Helmand province Walsall, England
10 July 2009 William Aldridge Rifleman 18 2nd Battalion The Rifles Improvised explosive device Sangin, Helmand province Bromyard, England
10 July 2009 James Backhouse Rifleman 18 2nd Battalion The Rifles Improvised explosive device Sangin, Helmand province Castleford, England
10 July 2009 Joe Murphy Rifleman 18 2nd Battalion The Rifles Improvised explosive device Sangin, Helmand province Castle Bromwich, England
10 July 2009 Daniel Simpson Rifleman 20 2nd Battalion The Rifles Improvised explosive device Sangin, Helmand province Croydon, England
9 July 2009 Lee Scott Corporal 26 Egypt Squadron 2nd Royal Tank Regiment Improvised explosive device Nad Ali, Helmand province Kings Lynn, England
9 July 2009 John Brackpool Private 27 1st Battalion Welsh Guards Gunshot Wound Char-e-Anjir, Helmand province Crawley, England
9 July 2009 Daniel Hume Rifleman 22 4th Battalion The Rifles Improvised explosive device Nad Ali, Helmand province Maidenhead, England
7 July 2009 Christopher Whiteside Trooper 22 Emsdorf Troop The Light Dragoons Improvised explosive device Gereshk, Helmand Province Blackpool, England
6 July 2009 Ben Babington-Browne Captain 27 22 Engineer Regiment Royal Engineers Helicopter crash Zabul province Maidstone, England
6 July 2009 Dane Elson Lance Corporal 22 1st Battalion Welsh Guards Improvised explosive device Gereshk, Helmand Province Harare, Zimbabwe
5 July 2009 David 'Duke' Dennis Lance Corporal 29 Command Troop The Light Dragoons Improvised Explosive Device Gereshk, Helmand Province Llanelli, Wales
5 July 2009 Robert 'Robbie' Laws Private 18 2nd Battalion (Worcesters and Foresters) The Mercian Regiment RPG Attack Helmand Province Bromsgrove, England
1 July 2009 Joshua Hammond Trooper 18 Egypt Squadron 2nd Royal Tank Regiment Improvised Explosive Device Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province Plymouth, England
1 July 2009 Rupert Thorneloe Lt. Colonel 39 1st Battalion Welsh Guards Improvised Explosive Device Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province Kirtlington, England
19 June 2009 Sean Birchall Major 33 1st Battalion Welsh Guards Improvised Explosive Device Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province Vanderbijlpark, Republic of South Africa
12 June 2009 Paul Mervis Lieutenant 27 2nd Battalion The Rifles Improvised Explosive Device Sangin, Helmand Province London, England
11 June 2009 Robert McLaren Private 20 The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland Improvised Explosive Device Kandahar Fionnphort, Isle of Mull
2 June 2009 Cyrus Thatcher Rifleman 19 2nd Battalion The Rifles Improvised Explosive Device Gereshk, Helmand Province Reading, England
30 May 2009 Nigel Moffett Lance Corporal 28 Brigade Reconnaissance Force for the 19th Light Brigade The Light Dragoons Improvised Explosive Device Musa Qaleh, Helmand Province Belfast, Northern Ireland
30 May 2009 Stephen Bolger Corporal 1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment Improvised Explosive Device Musa Qaleh, Helmand Province Cromer, England
28 May 2009 Kieron Hill Lance Corporal 20 2nd Battalion (Worcesters and Foresters) Mercian Regiment Improvised Explosive Device Garmsir, Helmand province Nottingham, England
27 May 2009 Robert Martin Richards Lance Corporal 24 3rd Armoured Support Troop, Armoured Support Group Royal Marines Improvised Explosive Device Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham from injuries sustained in Nad e-Ali, Helmand Province Betws-y-Coed, Wales
25 May 2009 Jordan Rossi Sapper 22 25 Field Squadron, 38 Engineer Regiment Royal Engineers Improvised Explosive Device Sangin, Helmand Province West Yorkshire, England
22 May 2009 Petero "Pat" Suesue Fusilier 28 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Gunshot Wound Sangin, Helmand Province Levuka, Fiji
14 May 2009 Jason Mackie Marine 21 3rd Armoured Support Troop, Armoured Support Group Royal Marines Improvised Explosive Device Basharan, Helmand Province Harare, Zimbabwe
12 May 2009 Mark Evison Lieutenant 26 1st Battalion Welsh Guards Gunshot Wound Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham from injuries sustained in Nad e-Ali, Helmand Province London, England
7 May 2009 Sean Binnie Corporal 22 The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland Gunshot Wound Musa Qal’eh, Helmand province Belfast, Northern Ireland
7 May 2009 Adrian Sheldon Rifleman 25 2nd Battalion The Rifles Improvised Explosive Device Sangin, Helmand province Kirkby-in-Ashfield, England
7 May 2009 Kumar Pun Corporal 31 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles Suicide bomb Gereshk, Helmand province Nepal
7 May 2009 Ben Ross Sergeant 34 173 Provost Company, 3rd Regiment Royal Military Police Suicide bomb Gereshk, Helmand province Bangor, Wales
28 April 2009 Tobie "Fas" Fasfous Lance Sergeant 29 1st Battalion Welsh Guards Improvised Explosive Device Gereshk, Helmand province Bridgend, Wales
15 March 2009 Graeme Stiff Corporal 24 LAD 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Improvised Explosive Device Garmsir, Helmand province Münster, Germany
15 March 2009 Dean Thomas John Corporal 25 LAD of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Improvised Explosive Device Garmsir, Helmand province Neath, Wales
14 March 2009 Christopher 'H' Harkett Lance Corporal 22 C Company, 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Explosion Musa Qaleh, Helmand province Pontardawe, Swansea, Wales
25 February 2009 Tom Gaden Corporal 24 1st Battalion The Rifles Improvised Explosive Device Gereshk, Helmand province Taunton, England
25 February 2009 Paul 'Uppers' Upton Lance Corporal 31 1st Battalion The Rifles Improvised Explosive Device Gereshk, Helmand province Paderborn, Germany
25 February 2009 Jamie Gunn Rifleman 21 1st Battalion The Rifles Improvised Explosive Device Gereshk, Helmand province Monmouth, Wales
25 February 2009 Michael 'Mick' Laski Marine 21 Signals Detachment, Yankee Company, 45 Commando Royal Marines Gunshot Wound Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham from injuries sustained near Sangin in Northern Helmand Liverpool, England
16 February 2009 Stephen 'Schnoz' Kingscott Lance Corporal 22 1st Battalion The Rifles Hostile Fire Nawa-I-Barakzayi District, Helmand province Plymouth, England
14 February 2009 Darren 'Daz' Smith Marine 27 X-ray Company, 45 Commando Royal Marines Gunshot Wound Sangin, Helmand Province Fleetwood, England
30 January 2009 Daniel 'Danny' Nield Corporal 31 1st Battalion The Rifles Explosion - Believed to be an RPG Musa Qaleh, Helmand Province Cheltenham, England
17 January 2009 Richard 'Robbo' Robinson Rifleman (Acting Corporal) 21 1st Battalion The Rifles Gunshot Wound Sangin District Centre, Helmand province Saltash, England
14 January 2009 Tom Sawyer Captain 26 7 (Sphinx) Battery 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery Friendly fire Garmsir District, Helmand province Watford, England
14 January 2009 Danny Winter Corporal 28 Zulu Company 45 Commando Royal Marines Friendly fire Garmsir District, Helmand province Stockport, England
11 January 2009 Travis Mackin Marine 22 Signals Squadron UK Landing Force Command Support Group att. 45 Commando Royal Marines Improvised Explosive Device Kajaki, Helmand Province Oreston, England
1 January 2009 Chris Reed Serjeant 25 6th Battalion The Rifles Improvised Explosive Device Garmsir District, Helmand province Plymouth, England

2008[edit]

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Date of Death Name Rank Age Sub Unit Unit Cause of Death Location of Death Place of Origin
31 December 2008 Liam Elms Corporal 26 Zulu Company, 45 Commando Royal Marines Explosive Device Sangin district, Helmand province Wigan, Greater Manchester
24 December 2008 Benjamin 'Ben' Whatley Lance Corporal 20 Lima Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines Gunshot Wound Nad-E-Ali District, Helmand Province Tittleshall, Norfolk
21 December 2008 Robert Deering Corporal 33 Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines Explosion west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province Sheldon, Birmingham
17 December 2008 Stuart Nash Rifleman 21 1st Battalion Hostile Fire Zarghun Kalay, Nad e Ali District, Helmand Province Sydney, Australia
15 December 2008 Aaron Lewis Lieutenant 26 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery Hostile Fire near Gereshk in central Helmand Essex
12 December 2008 Marc Birch Corporal 26 X-Ray Company, 45 Commando Royal Marines Bomb Attack South of Sangin in Helmand province Kingsthorpe, Northampton
12 December 2008 John Manuel Sergeant 38 X-Ray Company, 45 Commando Royal Marines Bomb Attack South of Sangin in Helmand province North East England
12 December 2008 Damian Davies Marine 27 Landing Force Support Party, Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines Bomb Attack South of Sangin in Helmand province Telford, Shropshire
12 December 2008 Steven 'Jamie' Fellows Lance Corporal 26 Whiskey Company, 45 Commando Royal Marines Improvised Explosive Device Sangin in Helmand province Sheffield, Yorkshire
27 November 2008 Tony Evans Marine 20 J Company 42 Commando Royal Marines RPG Attack north-west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
27 November 2008 Georgie Sparks Marine 19 J Company 42 Commando Royal Marines RPG Attack north-west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province Epping, Essex
24 November 2008 Alexander 'Al' Lucas Marine 24 Victor Company, 45 Commando Royal Marines Improvised Explosive Device Kajaki area of Helmand province Edinburgh
15 November 2008 Krishnabahadur Dura Colour Sergeant 36 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles Improvised Explosive Device Musa Qaleh district of Helmand Province Lamjung district, western Nepal
12 November 2008 Neil Dunstan Marine 32 UK Landing Force Command Support Group Royal Marines Improvised Explosive Device Garmsir District, southern Helmand Province Bournemouth, Dorset
12 November 2008 Robert 'Frank' Joseph McKibben Marine 32 UK Landing Force Command Support Group Royal Marines Improvised Explosive Device Garmsir District, southern Helmand Province County Mayo
4 November 2008 Yubraj Rai Rifleman 28 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles Gunshot Wound south of Musa Qaleh Khotang district, eastern Nepal
15 October 2008 James 'Magpie' Munday Trooper 21 1 Troop, D Squadron Household Cavalry Regiment Explosive Device north of Forward Operating Base Delhi Birmingham, West Midlands
13 September 2008 Nicky Mason Lance Corporal 26 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment Improvised Explosive Device near Kajaki, Helmand province Aveley, Essex
12 September 2008 Jason Lee Rawstron Private 23 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment Hostile Fire Near FOB Gibraltar Clayton-Le-Moors
10 September 2008 Gary 'Gaz' O'Donnell GM WO2 40 11 EOD Regiment Royal Logistics Corps Improvised Explosive Device Musa Qaleh, Helmand Province Edinburgh
4 September 2008 Justin James "Cups" Cupples Ranger 29 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment Improvised Explosive Device Sangin Town, Helmand United States of America
18 August 2008 Barry Dempsey Corporal 29 The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland Improvised Explosive Device Gereshk Ayrshire
11 August 2008 Wayne Bland Signaller 21 16 Signal Regiment Royal Corps of Signals Suicide Bomber Kabul Leeds
29 July 2008 Peter Joe Cowton Private 25 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment Blast - Hostile Fire Helmand Province Basingstoke, Hampshire
28 July 2008 Jonathan William Mathews Sergeant 35 The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland Gunshot Wound - Hostile Fire Lashkar Gah Helmand Edinburgh
24 July 2008 Kenneth Michael Rowe Lance Corporal 24 attached to 2PARA Royal Army Veterinary Corps Hostile Fire Sangin northern Helmand Newcastle Upon Tyne
22 July 2008 Jason Stuart Barnes Corporal 25 att 2PARA LAD Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Improvised Explosive Device Kajaki, northern Helmand Exeter, Devon
28 June 2008 James "Jimmy" Johnson Lance Corporal 21 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland Anti-personnel Mine Lashkar Gah Helmand Drumchapel, Strathclyde
27 June 2008 Dan Shirley WO 32 13 Air Assault Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps Vehicle Accident Central Helmand Province Leicester
24 June 2008 Michael Williams WO2 Company Sergeant Major 40 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment Hostile Fire Upper Sangin Valley Helmand Cardiff, Wales
24 June 2008 Joe Whittaker Private 20 4th Battalion (attached to 2nd Battalion) Parachute Regiment Killed in blast while checking for mines Upper Sangin Valley Helmand Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
17 June 2008 Richard Larkin Lance Corporal 39 23 Special Air Service Regiment Vehicle caught in explosion Lashkar Gah Helmand Cookley, Worcestershire
17 June 2008 Sean Robert Reeve Corporal 28 Royal Corps of Signals Vehicle caught in explosion Lashkar Gah Helmand East Sussex
17 June 2008 Paul Stout Trooper 31 23 Special Air Service Regiment Vehicle caught in explosion Lashkar Gah Helmand Liverpool
17 June 2008 Sarah Bryant Corporal 26 15 Psychological Operations Group Intelligence Corps Vehicle caught in explosion Lashkar Gah Helmand Carlisle, Cumbria
12 June 2008 James 'Jay' Bateman Lance Corporal 29 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment Hostile Fire Gereshk Helmand Staines, Middlesex
12 June 2008 Jeff 'Doc' Doherty Private 20 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment Hostile Fire Gereshk Helmand Southam, Warwickshire
8 June 2008 Nathan Cuthbertson Private 19 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment Killed in blast while patrolling on foot Helmand Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
8 June 2008 Daniel Gamble Private 22 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment Killed in blast while patrolling on foot Helmand Uckfield, East Sussex
8 June 2008 Charles David Murray Private 19 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment Killed in blast while patrolling on foot Helmand Carlisle, Cumbria
25 May 2008 Dale Gostick Marine 22 3 Troop Armoured Support Company Royal Marines Suspected Mine Strike Sangin crossing of the Helmand River Oxford, England
19 May 2008 James Thompson 27 Special Air Service (Reserve) Explosion Musa Qala Helmand province Whitley Bay, North Tyneside
2 May 2008 Ratu Babakobau Trooper 29 5 SCOTS Brigade Household Cavalry Regiment Hostile—Mine Strike Nowzad Helmand province Fiji
21 April 2008 Robert 'Chesney' Pearson Trooper 22 Queen's Royal Lancers Hostile — Mine Strike Helmand province Grimsby, Lincolnshire
13 April 2008 Gary 'Tommo' Thompson Senior Aircraftman 51 No 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiment Hostile—Explosion (Suspected IED) Daman District Kandahar province Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
13 April 2008 Graham 'Livi' Livingstone Senior Aircraftman 23 3 Squadron RAF Regiment Hostile - Explosion (Suspected IED) Daman District Kandahar province Strathclyde, Scotland
30 March 2008 John 'JT' Thornton Lieutenant 22 40 Commando Royal Marines Hostile - Explosion (Suspected IED) Kajaki, Helmand Province Ferndown, Dorset
30 March 2008 David 'Dave' Marsh Marine 23 40 Commando Royal Marines Hostile—Explosion (Suspected IED) Kajaki, Helmand Province Sheffield
20 February 2008 Damian 'Dee' Mulvihill Corporal 32 40 Commando Royal Marines Hostile—IED Sangin, Helmand Province Plymouth, England
17 February 2008 Damian Stephen Lawrence Corporal 25 Yorkshire Regiment Hostile—IED Kajaki, Helmand Province Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England
20 January 2008 Darryl Gardiner Corporal 25 Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Hostile—IED Musa Qala district centre, Helmand Province Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

2007[edit]

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Date of Death Name Rank Age Unit Cause of Death Location of Death Place of Origin
8 December 2007 Johnson, Lee Sergeant 32 Yorkshire Regiment Hostile—explosion (suspected mine)[252] Musa Qala, Helmand Province Stockton-on-Tees, England
4 December 2007 Sadler, Jack Trooper 21 Honourable Artillery Company att Brigade Reconnaissance Force Hostile—explosion North of Sangin, Helmand Province Devon, England
18 November 2007 McDermid, John Captain 43 Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland Hostile—IED South of the district centre of Sangin, Helmand Province Glasgow, Scotland
9 November 2007 Alderton, Jake Lance Corporal 22 20 Field Squadron, 36 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers Non hostile[253]—vehicle accident near the district centre of Sangin, Helmand Province Bexley, Kent, England
4 October 2007 Roberts, Alexis Major 32 1st (usually 2nd) Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles Hostile—IED West of Kandahar, Kandahar Province Kent, England
20 September 2007 Tunnicliffe, Brian Private 33 2nd Battalion, Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) Non hostile—vehicle accident North of Gereshk, Helmand Province Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England
20 September 2007 Newman, Phillip Colour Sergeant 36 4th Battalion, Mercian Regiment (West Midlands Regiment) Non hostile—vehicle accident North of Gereshk, Helmand Province Coventry, England
17 September 2007 Violino, Ivano Lance Corporal 29 20 Field Squadron, 36 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers Hostile—explosion 19 km North east of Gereshk, Helmand Province Salford, England
8 September 2007 Brelsford, Craig Sergeant 25 2nd Battalion, Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) Hostile—small arms fire[254] South of Garmsir, Helmand Province Nottingham, England
8 September 2007 Botha, Johan Private 25 2nd Battalion, Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) Hostile—small arms fire[254] South of Garmsir, Helmand Province Pretoria, South Africa
5 September 2007 Wright, Damian Private 23 2nd Battalion, Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) Hostile—explosion North of Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England
5 September 2007 Ford, Ben Private 18 2nd Battalion, Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) Hostile—explosion North of Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
30 August 2007 Bridge, Christopher[255] Senior Aircraftman (Gunner) 20 C Flight, No. 51 Squadron, RAF Regiment Hostile—explosion Kandahar Province Sheffield, England
24 August 2007 Thrumble, John Private 21 B (Suffolk) Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment Friendly fire incident North west of Kajaki, Helmand Province Chelmsford, Essex, England
24 August 2007 McClure, Aaron Private 19 B (Suffolk) Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment Friendly fire incident North west of Kajaki, Helmand Province Ipswich, Suffolk, England
24 August 2007 Foster, Robert Private 19 B (Suffolk) Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment Friendly fire incident North west of Kajaki, Helmand Province Harlow, Essex, England
11 August 2007 Hicks, David Captain 26 C (Essex) Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment Hostile—small arms fire Jusyalay, north east of Sangin, Helmand Province Wokingham, Berkshire, England
10 August 2007 Rawson, Tony Private 27 C (Essex) Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment Hostile—small arms fire Jusyalay, north east of Sangin, Helmand Province Dagenham, London, England
29 July 2007 Jones, Michael Lance Corporal 26 Royal Marines Hostile—small arms fire Nimruz Province Newbald, Yorkshire, England
27 July 2007 Keen, Barry Sergeant 34 245 Signal Squadron, 14 Signal Regiment, Royal Corps of Signals Hostile—rocket attack Mirmandab, Helmand Province Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, England
26 July 2007 Atherton, David Guardsman 25 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards Hostile—small arms fire Upper Gereshk Valley, Helmand Province Manchester, England
25 July 2007 Hawkins, Alex Lance Corporal 22 1st Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment Hostile—explosion North eastern outskirts of Sangin, Helmand Province East Dereham, Norfolk, England
12 July 2007 Hickey, Daryl Guardsman 27 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards Hostile—small arms fire Gereshk, Helmand Province Birmingham, England
1 July 2007 Wilkinson, Dave Sergeant 33 19th Regiment, Royal Artillery Hostile—IED Gereshk, Helmand Province Ashford, Kent, England
30 June 2007 Dolan, Sean Captain 40 1st Battalion, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Hostile—mortar attack Qaleh-e-Gaz, Helmand Province Chester, North West England
24 June 2007 Wright, Thomas Drummer 21 1st Battalion, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Hostile—explosion Babaji area of Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province Ripley, Derbyshire, England
9 June 2007 Downes, Neil Guardsman 20 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards Hostile—explosion Sangin, Helmand Province Manchester, England
6 June 2007 Sandford, Paul Lance Corporal 23 1st Battalion, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Hostile—small arms fire North east of Gereshk, Helmand Province Nottingham, England
30 May 2007 Gilyeat, Mike Corporal 28 Royal Military Police Possibly Hostile—helicopter crash Kajaki, Helmand Province Hanover, Germany
28 May 2007 Bonner, Darren Corporal 31 A (Norfolk) Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment Hostile—explosion 11 km east of Hyderabad in Gerishk District, Helmand Province Gorleston, Norfolk, England
26 May 2007 Probyn, Daniel Guardsman 22 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards Hostile—explosion Garmsir, Helmand Province Tipton, West Midlands, England
20 May 2007 Davey, George Russell Lance Corporal 23 1st Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment Non-Hostile—firearms accident Sangin, Helmand Province Beccles, Suffolk, England
3 May 2007 Davison, Simon Guardsman 22 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards Hostile—small arms fire Garmsir, Helmand Province Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England
13 April 2007 Gray, Chris Private 19 A Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment Hostile—small arms fire Helmand Province Leicester, England
8 March 2007 Smith, Michael Warrant Officer Class 2 39 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery Hostile—grenade attack Sangin, Helmand Province Liverpool, England
6 March 2007 Reddy, Benjamin Marine 22 K Company, 42 Commando, Royal Marines Hostile—small arms fire Kajaki, Helmand Province Ascot, Berkshire, England
3 March 2007 McLaughlin, Liam Lance Bombardier 21 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery Hostile—rocket attack Sangin, Helmand Province Lancashire, England
3 March 2007 Clark, Ross Lance Bombardier 25 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery Hostile—rocket attack Sangin, Helmand Province Zimbabwe
21 February 2007 Summers, Scott Marine 23 42 Commando, Royal Marines Non-Hostile—vehicle accident Helmand Province Crawley, East Sussex, England
21 February 2007 Holland, Jonathan Marine 23 45 Commando, Royal Marines Hostile—AP mine Sangin, Helmand Province Chorley, England
15 January 2007 Ford, Matthew Lance Corporal 30 45 Commando, Royal Marines Friendly fire[20] South of Garmsir, Helmand Province Immingham, Lincolnshire, England
13 January 2007 Curry, Thomas Marine 21 M Company, 42 Commando, Royal Marines Hostile—small arms fire Kajaki, Helmand Province London, England

2006[edit]

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Date of Death Name Rank Age Unit Cause of Death Location of Death Place of Origin
27 December 2006 Dwyer, James Lance Bombardier 22 7 (Sphinx), 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery Hostile—AT mine Southern Helmand Province South Africa
12 December 2006 Watson, Richard J. Marine 23 4 Troop, K Company, 42 Commando, Royal Marines Hostile—small arms fire Northern Now Zad, North Helmand Province Caterham, Surrey, England.
5 December 2006 Wigley, Jonathan Marine 21 Zulu Company, 45 Commando, Royal Marines Hostile Garmsir, Helmand Province Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England
19 October 2006 Wright, Gary Marine 22 2 Troop, Whiskey Company, 45 Commando, Royal Marines Hostile—suicide bomb Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province Glasgow, Scotland
6 September 2006 Wright, Mark William (GC) Corporal 27 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment Hostile—land mine Kajaki, Helmand Province Edinburgh, Scotland
6 September 2006 Muirhead, Paul Lance Corporal 29 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment Hostile Musa Quala, Helmand Province Bearley, Warwickshire, England
6 September 2006 McCulloch, Luke Lance Corporal 21 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment Hostile Sangin, Helmand Province Cape Town, South Africa
4 September 2006 O'Donnell, Craig Private 24 B Company, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland Hostile—suicide bomb Kabul Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
2 September 2006 Windall, Joseph David Marine 22 Royal Marines Non-Hostile—RAF Nimrod XV230 crash incident 25 miles WNW of Kandahar Airfield, Panjwaye District, Kandahar Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire, England
2 September 2006 Swarbrick, Steven Flight Lieutenant (pilot) 28 No. 120 Squadron, RAF Non-Hostile—RAF Nimrod XV230 crash incident 25 miles WNW of Kandahar Airfield, Panjwaye District, Kandahar Liverpool, England
2 September 2006 Squires, Allan James Flight Lieutenant (pilot and captain) 39 No. 120 Squadron, RAF Non-Hostile—RAF Nimrod XV230 crash incident 25 miles WNW of Kandahar Airfield, Panjwaye District, Kandahar Clatterbridge, England
2 September 2006 Quilliam, Gary Paul Sergeant (Weapons Systems Operator) 42 No. 120 Squadron, RAF Non-Hostile—RAF Nimrod XV230 crash incident 25 miles WNW of Kandahar Airfield, Panjwaye District, Kandahar Manchester, England
2 September 2006 Nicholas, Gareth Rodney Flight Lieutenant (Weapon System Officer—Navigator) 40 No. 120 Squadron, RAF Non-Hostile—RAF Nimrod XV230 crash incident 25 miles WNW of Kandahar Airfield, Panjwaye District, Kandahar Newquay, Cornwall, England
2 September 2006 Mitchelmore, Leigh Anthony Flight Lieutenant (Weapon System Officer—Navigator) 28 No. 120 Squadron, RAF Non-Hostile—RAF Nimrod XV230 crash incident 25 miles WNW of Kandahar Airfield, Panjwaye District, Kandahar Bournemouth, England
2 September 2006 Langton, John Joseph Sergeant (Weapons Systems Operator) 29 No. 120 Squadron, RAF Non-Hostile—RAF Nimrod XV230 crash incident 25 miles WNW of Kandahar Airfield, Panjwaye District, Kandahar Liverpool, England
2 September 2006 Knight, Benjamin James Sergeant (Weapons Systems Operator) 25 No. 120 Squadron, RAF Non-Hostile—RAF Nimrod XV230 crash incident 25 miles WNW of Kandahar Airfield, Panjwaye District, Kandahar Bridgewater, England
2 September 2006 Johnson, Steven Flight Lieutenant (Weapon System Officer—Navigator) 38 No. 120 Squadron, RAF Non-Hostile—RAF Nimrod XV230 crash incident 25 miles WNW of Kandahar Airfield, Panjwaye District, Kandahar Collingham, Nottinghamshire, England
2 September 2006 Dicketts, Oliver Simon Lance Corporal 27 Parachute Regiment Non-Hostile—RAF Nimrod XV230 crash incident 25 miles WNW of Kandahar Airfield, Panjwaye District, Kandahar Wadhurst, East Sussex, England
2 September 2006 Davies, Adrian Flight Sergeant (Air Engineer) 49 No. 120 Squadron, RAF Non-Hostile—RAF Nimrod XV230 crash incident 25 miles WNW of Kandahar Airfield, Panjwaye District, Kandahar Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
2 September 2006 Bell, Gerard Martin Flight Sergeant (Weapons System Operator) 48 No. 120 Squadron, RAF Non-Hostile—RAF Nimrod XV230 crash incident 25 miles WNW of Kandahar Airfield, Panjwaye District, Kandahar Cambridgeshire, England
2 September 2006 Beattie, Stephen Flight Sergeant (Weapons System Operator) 42 No. 120 Squadron, RAF Non-Hostile—RAF Nimrod XV230 crash incident 25 miles WNW of Kandahar Airfield, Panjwaye District, Kandahar Dundee, Scotland
2 September 2006 Andrews, Gary Wayne Flight Sergeant 48 No. 120 Squadron, RAF Non-Hostile—RAF Nimrod XV230 crash incident 25 miles WNW of Kandahar Airfield, Panjwaye District, Kandahar Tankerton, Kent, England
1 September 2006 Draiva, Anare Ranger 27 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment Hostile Musa Qala, Helmand Province Fiji
27 August 2006 Hetherington, Jonathan Lance Corporal 22 14 Signal Regiment Royal Signals Hostile—small arms fire Musa Qala, Helmand Province Salisbury, England
20 August 2006 Bryan James Budd VC Corporal 29 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment Hostile fire—small arms fire Sangin (Helmand province) Ripon, England
12 August 2006 Tansey, Sean Lance Corporal 26 Life Guards, Household Cavalry Regiment Non-Hostile—accident [21] Helmand province Washington, Tyne and Wear, England
9 August 2006 Reeves, Leigh Private 25 Royal Logistic Corps Non-Hostile—vehicle accident Kabul (Camp Souter) Leicester, England
6 August 2006 Cutts, Andrew Barrie Private 19 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps Hostile fire—small arms fire Musa Qala, Helmand Province Blidworth, England
1 August 2006 Nicholl, Ross Lance Corporal 27 Household Cavalry Regiment Hostile fire—small arms fire + RPG's Northern Helmand Province Edinburgh, Scotland
1 August 2006 Johnson, Ralph 2nd Lieutenant 24 Household Cavalry Regiment Hostile fire—small arms fire + RPG's Northern Helmand Province Windsor, England
1 August 2006 Eida, Alex Captain 29 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery Hostile fire—small arms fire + RPG's Northern Helmand Province Hooley, England
5 July 2006 Jackson, Damien Raymond Private 19 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment Hostile fire—small arms fire Sangin (Helmand Province) South Shields, England
1 July 2006 Thorpe, Peter Corporal 27 14 Signal Regiment Royal Signals Hostile fire—RPG Sangin District (Helmand Province) Barrow-in-Furness, England
1 July 2006 Hashmi, Jabron Lance Corporal 24 Intelligence Corps Hostile fire—RPG Sangin District (Helmand Province) Bordersley Green, Birmingham, England
27 June 2006 Patten, David Captain 38 Special Reconnaissance Regiment Hostile—RPG Sangin valley (Helmand Province) Aghadowey, Northern Ireland
27 June 2006 Paul Bartlett Sergeant 35 Special Boat Service Hostile—RPG Sangin valley (Helmand Province) Poole, England
11 June 2006 Philippson, Jim Captain 29 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery Hostile—small arms fire Helmand Province St Albans, England
27 March 2006 Craddock, Peter Edward Lance Corporal ? 1st Battalion, Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry Non-Hostile—vehicle accident Lashkar Gah (Helmand Province) Newbury, England
22 March 2006 Cridge, Mark Corporal 25 7 Signal Regiment, Royal Signals Non-Hostile—Suicide[256] Camp Bastion (Helmand Province) Unreported

2005[edit]

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Date of Death Name Rank Age Unit Cause of Death Location of Death Place of Origin
29 October 2005 Sherwood, Steven Gregory Lance Corporal 23 1st Battalion, Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry Hostile—small arms fire Darwaz-e-Shadian, Mazari Sharif Ross-on-Wye, England

2004[edit]

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Date of Death Name Rank Age Unit Cause of Death Location of Death Place of Origin
28 January 2004 Kitulagoda, Jonathan Private 23 E (Devon & Dorset) Company, Rifle Volunteers Improvised Explosive Devicesuicide bomber Kabul Plymouth, England

2003[edit]

There were no recorded British deaths in Afghanistan in 2003.

2002[edit]

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Date of Death Name Rank Age Unit Cause of Death Location of Death Place of Origin
16 August 2002 Busuttil, Robert Sergeant 30 Royal Logistic Corps Non-Hostile—homicide British base at Kabul International Airport Tycoch, Wales
16 August 2002 Gregory, John Corporal 30 Royal Logistic Corps Non-Hostile—suicide British base at Kabul International Airport Catterick, England
9 April 2002 George, Darren John Private 23 1st Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment Non-Hostile—accidental weapon discharge Kabul Basildon, England

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "UK military deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq". BBC News. 21 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Ministry of Defence factsheet - Casualties
  4. ^ British death toll in Afghanistan exceeds Falklands war
  5. ^ BBC - Private Darren John George
  6. ^ BBC - Army criticised by coroner after soldier shot dead a colleague before killing himself at party where both drink and guns were easily available.
  7. ^ MoD Press release - Private Jonathan Kitulagoda
  8. ^ BBC - Part-time soldier dies in bombing
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  10. ^ Military Operations news article - Private Leigh Reeves
  11. ^ Military Operations news article - Private Craig O'Donnell
  12. ^ BBC - Corporal Mark Cridge
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  17. ^ BBC - Corporal Peter Thorpe & Lance Corporal Jabron Hashmi
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  20. ^ Military Operations news article: Private Andrew Cutts
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  23. ^ BBC - Corporal Bryan Budd
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  26. ^ Military Operations news article: Ranger Anare Draiva
  27. ^ Military Operations news article: Fourteen Personnel in Nimrod Crash Named
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  29. ^ Military Operations news article: Lance Corporal Pail Muirhead
  30. ^ Military Operations news article: Lance Corporal Luke McCulloch
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  32. ^ Military Operations news article - Marine Jonathan Wigley
  33. ^ Military Operations news article - Marine Richard Watson
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  39. ^ Military Operations news article - Lance Corporal Mathew Ford
  40. ^ Military Operations news article - L/Cpl Ford - Board of Enquiry
  41. ^ Military Operations news article - Marine Jonathan Holland
  42. ^ Military Operations news article - Marine Scott Summers
  43. ^ Military Operations news article - Lance Bombardier Ross Clark
  44. ^ Military Operations news article - Marine Benjamin Reddy
  45. ^ Military Operations news article - Warrant Officer Class 2 Michael Smith
  46. ^ Military Operations news article - Private Chris Grey
  47. ^ Military Operations news article - Corporal Mike Gilyeat
  48. ^ Military Operations news article - Corporal Darren Bonner
  49. ^ Military Operations news article - Guardsman Daniel Probyn
  50. ^ Military Operations news article - Lance Corporal George Russell Davey
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  53. ^ "Lance Corporal Paul "Sandy" Sandford". Uk MoD. "The Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Lance Corporal Paul "Sandy" Sandford" 
  54. ^ "Guardsman Neil 'Tony' Downes". UK MoD. "Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Guardsman Neil 'Tony' Downes." 
  55. ^ "Drummer Thomas Wright". UK MoD. "Drummer Thomas Wright joined The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 2003" 
  56. ^ "Captain Sean Dolan". UK MoD. "The Ministry of Defence confirms the death of Captain Sean Dolan of the 1st Battalion, The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment" 
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  58. ^ "Guardsman Daryl Hickey". UK MoD 'Military Operations' news article. "It is with profound sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Guardsman Daryl Hickey." 
  59. ^ Military Operations news article - Senior Aircraftman Christopher Bridge
  60. ^ Military Operations news article - Privates Aaron James McClure, Robert Graham Foster & John Thrumble.
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  62. ^ Military Operations news article - Private Tony Rawson
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  67. ^ "Corporal Sarah Bryant, Corporal Sean Reeve, Lance Corporal Richard Larkin And Paul Stout Killed In Afghanistan". UK MoD. "It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of Corporal Sarah Bryant of the Intelligence Corps, Corporal Sean Robert Reeve of the Royal Signals, Lance Corporal Richard Larkin and Paul Stout in Afghanistan on Tuesday 17 June 2008." 
  68. ^ "Warrant Officer Class 2 Michael Norman Williams killed in Afghanistan". UK MoD. "WO2 Michael Williams was killed during a firefight. He was on a deliberate operation against the Taliban in the Upper Sangin Valley when he was fatally wounded" 
  69. ^ "Private Joe John Whittaker Killed In Afghanistan". UK MoD. "Private Joe Whittaker, a reserve soldier who was attached to 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, was killed by a suspected Improvised Explosive Device" 
  70. ^ "Warrant Officer Class 2 Dan Shirley Killed In Afghanistan". UK MoD. "WO2 Shirley was killed during a Logistic Patrol from Sangin to Camp Bastion at 2110 hrs local time when the Land Rover WMIK he was travelling in rolled, trapping him beneath it." 
  71. ^ "Lance Corporal James Johnson". UK MoD. "LCpl Johnson was part of a vehicle checkpoint patrol operating in the Lashkar Gar area, when he was killed by an anti-personnel mine." 
  72. ^ "Corporal Jason Stuart Barnes". UK MoD. "The Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Corporal Jason Stuart Barnes from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers." 
  73. ^ "Lance Corporal Kenneth Michael Rowe". UK MoD. "The MoD must confirm the death of Lance Corporal Kenneth Michael Rowe of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, attached to 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment" 
  74. ^ "Sergeant Jonathan William Mathews". UK MoD. "MoD must confirm the death of Sergeant Jonathan William Mathews of The Highlanders, 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland" 
  75. ^ "Private Peter Joe Cowton". UK MoD. "Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Private Peter Joe Cowton from 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment in Helmand province" 
  76. ^ "Signaller Wayne Bland". MoD. "It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Signaller Wayne Bland, from 16 Signal Regiment, in Kabul, Afghanistan." 
  77. ^ "Corporal Barry Dempsey". UK MoD. "The Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Corporal Barry Dempsey from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland" 
  78. ^ "Ranger Justin James Cupples". Uk MoD. "The Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Ranger Justin James Cupples of 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment." 
  79. ^ "WO2 Gary O'Donnell". UK MoD. 12 September 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2008. "WO2 O'Donnell, 40, died from injuries sustained from an Improvised Explosive Device in Musa Qaleh, Helmand province." 
  80. ^ "Pte Jason Rawstron". UK MoD. 13 September 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2008. "Private Rawstron was killed when his patrol were engaged in an exchange of fire with the Taliban" 
  81. ^ "Lance Corporal Nicky Mason". UK MoD. "Lance Corporal Mason, aged 26, died as a result of an explosion" 
  82. ^ "Trooper James 'Magpie' Munday". Uk MoD. "The Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Trooper James Munday, of 1 Troop, D Squadron, the Household Cavalry Regiment." 
  83. ^ "Rifleman Yubraj Rai". Uk MoD. "It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Rifleman Yubraj Rai." 
  84. ^ "Marine Neil Dunstan and Marine Robert McKibben". Uk MoD. "Marine Neil Dunstan and Marine Robert McKibben, both from the UK Landing Force Command Support Group, on Wednesday 12 November 2008." 
  85. ^ "Colour Sergeant Krishnabahadur Dura". Uk MoD. "The MoD must confirm the death of Colour Sergeant Krishnabahadur Dura, of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, who was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday 15 November 2008." 
  86. ^ "Marine Alexander Lucas". Uk MoD. "The Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Marine Alexander Lucas from Victor Company, 45 Commando." 
  87. ^ "Marine Tony Evans and Marine Georgie Sparks killed in Afghanistan". Uk MoD. "Marine Tony Evans and Marine Georgie Sparks, both of 42 Commando Royal Marines, were killed northwest of Lashkar Gar in southern Helmand province on 27 November 2008." 
  88. ^ "Lance Corporal Steven 'Jamie' Fellows". Uk MoD. "Whiskey Company, 45 Commando Group Royal Marines must confirm the death of Lance Corporal Steven Fellows Royal Marines, known to all as Jamie." 
  89. ^ "Marine Damian Davies, Sergeant John Manuel and Corporal Marc Birch". Uk MoD. "The Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of Marine Damian Davies, Sergeant John Manuel and Corporal Marc Birch who were killed as a result of a suspected suicide bomb attack south of Sangin, Afghanistan." 
  90. ^ "Suicide bomber, 13, kills three Royal Marines". Daily Mirror. "Three Royal Marines were blown up in Afghanistan yesterday - by a suicide bomber aged 13." 
  91. ^ "Afghan suicide bomb: Brave Royal Marine Commandos tell how comrades were killed by 13-year-old's blast". Daily Mirror. "Lance Corporal Jordan Clements was the first on the scene. In front of him was carnage. Afghan civilians – including young children – lay dead or dying. Two of his comrades were dead, a third mortally injured." 
  92. ^ "Lieutenant Aaron Lewis killed in Afghanistan". UK MoD Defence News. "It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Lieutenant Aaron Lewis who was killed whilst on operations in Afghanistan on 15 December 2008." 
  93. ^ "Rifleman Stuart 'Oz' Nash killed in Afghanistan". UK MoD Defence News. "The Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Rifleman Stuart Nash who was killed in action in Afghanistan yesterday, 17 December 2008." 
  94. ^ "Corporal Robert Deering, from the Commando Logistics Regiment Royal Marines". "Corporal Robert Deering RM killed in Afghanistan" 
  95. ^ "Lance Corporal Benjamin Whatley, from Lima Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, was killed in Afghanistan on 24 December 2008.". 
  96. ^ "Corporal Liam Elms RM killed in Afghanistan.". UK MOD. "It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Cpl Liam Elms of 45 Commando Royal Marines." 
  97. ^ "Sjt Chris Reed of 6 RIFLES killed in Afghanistan". UK MOD. "Serjeant Chris Reed of 6th Battalion The Rifles was killed in action in the Garmsir District of Helmand Province." 
  98. ^ "Marine Travis Mackin was killed in the Kajaki area of Afghanistan's Helmand province on the morning of 11 January 2009". UK MOD. "Marine Mackin was killed in action in Kajaki, northern Helmand Province during a joint patrol with Victor Company, 45 Commando Group Royal Marines and the Afghan National Security Forces." 
  99. ^ "Acting Corporal Richard 'Robbo' Robinson". UK MOD. "Acting Corporal Richard 'Robbo' Robinson, from 1st Battalion The Rifles, was killed in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Saturday 17 January 2009." 
  100. ^ Evans, Michael (2 February 2009). "British soldier was killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire". The Times (London). Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  101. ^ "Corporal Daniel 'Danny' Nield killed in Afghanistan". UK MOD. "It is with great regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Corporal Daniel 'Danny' Nield from 1st Battalion, The Rifles, was killed in Afghanistan on Friday 30 January 2009." 
  102. ^ "Marine Smith was wounded in an ambush by Taliban fire.". UK MOD. "It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the death of Marine Darren Smith of 45 Commando Royal Marines on operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on 14 February 2009." 
  103. ^ "Lance Corporal Stephen Kingscott.". "It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Lance Corporal Stephen Kingscott of 1st Battalion The Rifles in Afghanistan on 16 February 2009." 
  104. ^ "Corporal Tom Gaden, Lance Corporal Paul Upton and Rifleman Jamie Gunn killed in Afghanistan". "It is with deepest regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of Corporal Tom Gaden, Lance Corporal Paul Upton and Rifleman Jamie Gunn all of 1st Battalion The Rifles Regiment, in southern Afghanistan yesterday, Wednesday 25 February 2009." 
  105. ^ "Marine Michael Laski dies of wounds sustained in Afghanistan". UK MOD. "Marine Michael Laski of Signals Detachment, Yankee Company, 45 Commando Royal Marines, passed away peacefully at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham on 25 February 2009." 
  106. ^ "Lance Corporal Christopher 'H' Harkett Killed In Afghanistan". Uk MoD. "It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence confirms the death of Lance Coporal Christopher Harkett of 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh who was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday 14 March 2009." 
  107. ^ "Corporals Graeme Stiff & Dean John REME Killed In Afghanistan". Uk MoD. "It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of Corporal Graeme Stiff and Corporal Dean John of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in Helmand province on Sunday 15 March 2009." 
  108. ^ "Corporal Sean Binnie of The Black Watch killed in Afghanistan". UK MOD. "The MOD must confirm the death of Corporal Sean Binnie from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, in southern Afghanistan on Thursday 7 May 2009." 
  109. ^ "Sergeant Ben Ross and Corporal Kumar Pun". UK MOD. "It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the names of two soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Thursday 7 May 2009" 
  110. ^ "Rifleman Adrian Sheldon". UK MOD. "The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the death of Rifleman Adrian Sheldon of 2nd Battalion The Rifles." 
  111. ^ "Lieutenant Mark Evison from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards dies in Selly Oak". UK MOD. "Lieutenant Mark Evison died after sustaining injuries whilst on patrol outside Check Point Haji Alem in Helmand province" 
  112. ^ "Marine Jason Mackie, Armoured Support Group Royal Marines". UK MOD. "The Ministry of Defence must confirm that Marine Jason Mackie of Armoured Support Group Royal Marines was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday 14 May 2009" 
  113. ^ "Fusilier Suesue, 2RRF". UK MOD. "Fusilier Petero "Pat" Suesue killed in Afghanistan" 
  114. ^ "Sapper Jordan Rossi killed in Afghanistan". UK MOD. "Sapper Jordan Rossi of 25 Field Squadron, 38 Engineer Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday 23 May 2009." 
  115. ^ "Lance Corporal Robert Martin Richards RM dies of wounds sustained in Helmand". UK MOD. "It is with deep regret that the MOD must confirm that Lance Corporal Robert Martin Richards from Armoured Support Group Royal Marines died in Selly Oak Hospital on Wednesday 27 May 2009, from wounds sustained in Helmand five days previously." 
  116. ^ "Lance Corporal Kieron Hill killed in Afghanistan". UK MOD. "The Ministry of Defence must confirm that Lance Corporal Kieron Hill from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) was killed in Afghanistan on 28 May 2009." 
  117. ^ Harding, Thomas (1 June 2009). "Taliban targeting vulnerable vehicle as another two killed". London: www.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 27 April 2010. "Two special forces soldiers have been killed in a vehicle that is being increasingly targeted by the Taliban because of its vulnerability to roadside bombs" 
  118. ^ "Lance Corporal Nigel Moffett and Corporal Stephen Bolger killed in Afghanistan". UK MOD. "the Ministry of Defence must announce that Lance Corporal Nigel Moffett from The Light Dragoons and Corporal Stephen Bolger from The Parachute Regiment were killed in Afghanistan on Saturday 30 May 2009." 
  119. ^ "Rifleman Cyrus Thatcher killed in Afghanistan". UK MOD. "Rifleman Thatcher died as a result of an explosion whilst he was on a patrol near Gereshk in Helmand province." 
  120. ^ "Private Robert McLaren killed in Afghanistan". UK MOD. "Pte McLaren aged 20 years old from Kintra, by Fionnphort on the Isle of Mull, was fresh out of infantry recruit training" 
  121. ^ "UK Officer Killed During Afghan Foot Patrol". Sky News. "A soldier killed by a blast in southern Afghanistan has been named by the Ministry of Defence as Lieutenant Paul Mervis of the 2nd Batallion The Rifles." 
  122. ^ Smith, Michael; Trump, Simon (21 June 2009). "Tenth soldier killed in ‘flawed’ vehicle". London: The Times Online. Retrieved 27 April 2010. "A tenth soldier died when a Jackal was destroyed by a Taliban roadside bomb on Friday morning." 
  123. ^ "Major Sean Birchall Killed In Afghanistan". UK MOD. "The Ministry of Defence must confirm that Major Sean Birchall, from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, was killed in Afghanistan on 19 June 2009." 
  124. ^ "Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe and Trooper Joshua Hammond killed in Afghanistan". UK MOD. "It is with deep sadness that the Ministry of Defence can confirm that Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe MBE, Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, and Trooper Joshua Hammond of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment were killed yesterday, Wednesday 1 July 2009, in Afghanistan." 
  125. ^ a b "Lance Corporal David Dennis and Private Robert Laws killed in Afghanistan". UK MOD. "It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Lance Corporal David Dennis from The Light Dragoons and Private Robert Laws from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment were killed in Afghanistan on 4 July 2009." 
  126. ^ a b "Soldier dies as Afghan toll rises". BBC. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2009. 
  127. ^ "UK soldier killed in Afghan crash". BBC. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2009. 
  128. ^ "Rifleman Daniel Hume of 4 RIFLES killed in Afghanistan". UK MOD. "Rifleman Daniel Hume was killed in a contact explosion whilst on a foot patrol near Nad e-Ali, Helmand province." 
  129. ^ "Private John Brackpool of 1 Welsh Guards killed in Afghanistan". UK MOD. "Private Brackpool was killed on 9th July 2009 whilst on operations." 
  130. ^ "Corporal Lee Scott of 2RTR killed in Afghanistan". UK MOD. "the Ministry of Defence confirms the death of Corporal Lee Scott of The 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, who was killed in Afghanistan on 10 July 2009" 
  131. ^ "Cpl Jonathan Horne, Rfn William Aldridge, Rfn James Backhouse, Rfn Joseph Murphy and Rfn Daniel Simpson of 2 RIFLES killed in Afghanistan". UK MOD. "Ministry of Defence confirms the names of five soldiers from The 2nd Battalion The Rifles, who were killed in Afghanistan on 10 July 2009." 
  132. ^ "It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that a soldier from The 2nd Battalion The Rifles was killed in Afghanistan yesterday, 16 July 2009.". UK MoD. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  133. ^ "It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Corporal Joseph Etchells of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 19 July 2009.". MOD. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  134. ^ "It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Captain Daniel Shepherd from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, was killed in Afghanistan on Monday 20 July 2009.". 22 July 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  135. ^ "It is with great regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Guardsman Christopher King, of 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was killed in Afghanistan on 22 July 2009.". MOD. 23 July 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2009. 
  136. ^ "It is with great regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Bombardier Craig Hopson from 40th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Lowland Gunners) was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday 25 July 2009.". UK MoD. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  137. ^ a b "Warrant Officer Class 2 Sean Upton and Trooper Phillip Lawrence killed in Afghanistan". UK MoD. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  138. ^ Craftsman anthony lombardi killed in Afghanistan
  139. ^ "Corporal Kevin Mulligan, Lance Corporal Dale Thomas Hopkins and Private Kyle Adams killed in Afghanistan". UK MoD - Defence News. "It is with deep sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Corporal Kevin Mulligan, Lance Corporal Dale Thomas Hopkins and Private Kyle Adams were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday 6 August 2009." 
  140. ^ "It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Private Jason George Williams from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday 8 August 2009". UK MoD. "On the day of his death, Private Williams' platoon was securing the site of an attack which had occurred earlier that day during which three ANA Warriors were killed." 
  141. ^ "Captain Mark Hale, Lance Bombardier Matthew Hatton and Rifleman Daniel Wild killed in Afghanistan". UK MoD - Defence News. "With deep regret the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Captain Mark Hale and Rifleman Daniel Wild of 2nd Battalion The Rifles and Lance Bombardier Matthew Hatton of 40th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Lowland Gunners) were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday 13 August 2009." 
  142. ^ "Private Richard Hunt dies of wounds sustained in Afghanistan". UK MoD. "Private Richard Hunt from 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh died at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Selly Oak on Saturday 15 August 2009 from wounds sustained in Helmand province two days previously." 
  143. ^ "Sergeant Simon Valentine killed in Afghanistan". UK MoD. "The Ministry of Defence must confirm that Sergeant Simon Valentine of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday 15 August 2009" 
  144. ^ "Lance Corporal James Fullarton, Fusilier Simon Annis and Fusilier Louis Carter killed in Afghanistan". UK MoD. "The Ministry of Defence must confirm that Lance Corporal James Fullarton, Fusilier Simon Annis and Fusilier Louis Carter, all of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (2 RRF), were killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 16 August 2009." 
  145. ^ "Serjeant Paul McAleese and Private Johnathon Young killed in Afghanistan". UK MoD. "The Ministry of Defence must confirm that Serjeant Paul McAleese, of 2nd Battalion The Rifles (2 RIFLES), and Private Johnathon Young, of 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington's), were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday 20 August 2009." 
  146. ^ "Tears of SAS embassy siege hero as body of son who died trying to save mate from Taliban blast returns from Afghanistan". London: Daily Mail Online. 28 August 2009. "Scot John McAleese - who famously blasted his way into the besieged Iranian Embassy 29 years ago - fought back tears yesterday as the body of his soldier son arrived home." 
  147. ^ "Fusilier Shaun Bush dies of wounds sustained in Afghanistan". UK MoD. "It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Fusilier Shaun Bush from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers died at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak, on Tuesday 25 August 2009." 
  148. ^ "Royal Marine killed near Gereshk on 29 August". UK MoD. "Ministry of Defence has confirmed that a Royal Marine has died following an explosion whilst on a foot patrol near Gereshk in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in the early hours of this morning, Saturday 29 August 2009" 
  149. ^ "Sergeant Stuart Millar and Private Kevin Elliott of 3 SCOTS killed in Afghanistan". UK MoD. "It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the deaths of Sergeant Stuart Millar and Private Kevin Elliott of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS)." 
  150. ^ Guardsman Jamie Janes killed in Afghanistan
  151. ^ "Bury St Edmunds funeral for 100th British soldier killed in Afghanistan"
  152. ^ "100th British soldier killed in Afghanistan this year named by MoD"
  153. ^ "100th Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Named"
  154. ^ "UK defends Afghan mission after 100th death"
  155. ^ "Hidden toll of suffering: Number of wounded British servicemen in Afghanistan doubles"
  156. ^ "Corporal Simon Hornby of 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment killed in Afghanistan"
  157. ^ "Lance Corporal David Leslie Kirkness and Rifleman James Stephen Brown killed in Afghanistan"
  158. ^ "Michael David Pritchard could be second soldier in Afghanistan 'killed by friendly fire'"
  159. ^ "British soldier killed on patrol in Afghanistan"
  160. ^ "Lance Corporal Michael Pritchard killed in Afghanistan"
  161. ^ "Lance Corporal Christopher Roney killed in Afghanistan"
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