British fatalities during Operation Telic

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Operation Telic was the codename for British operations in Iraq, which lasted from 19 March 2003 to 22 May 2011. During the campaign, 179 British service personnel died (6 of them female)[1] and many more were wounded. Of the 179 fatalities, 136 personnel were classified as having been killed in hostile circumstances, with the remaining 43 losing their lives as a result of illness, accidents/friendly fire, or suicide. The first casualties were sustained on 21 March 2003, with the bloodiest single day of the campaign being 30 January 2005 when a Royal Air Force C-130 Hercules transport aircraft was shot down between Baghdad and Balad, killing all 10 servicemen on board. Steven Roberts (2nd Royal Tank Regiment) is recorded as the first soldier killed in the Operation (albeit by friendly fire); two Royal Engineers were killed the previous day by a hostile crowd. Full non-fatal casualty records are currently only available for the period after 1 January 2006. From that date until the end of operations, 3,598 British personnel were wounded, injured or fell ill (315 wounded in action); 1,971 of whom required aeromedical evacuation.[2] However, these totals are likely to rise significantly when full records for 2003 to 2006 become available.

British Dead (By Arm / Service)[edit]

Royal Navy[edit]

Total: 8

Royal Marines[edit]

Total: 11

British Army[edit]

Total: 137

Royal Air Force[edit]

Total: 22

Civilian Service Associated Personnel[edit]

Total: 1

British Dead (Rank - Name - Incident - Date)[edit]

(NB: IED = Improvised Explosive Device. RTA = Road Traffic Accident. Non-hostile = Friendly fire.)

2009[edit]

Combat Fatalities: 0, Other Fatalities: 1, Wounded in Action: 0, Other Injured: 218.

Rank Name Unit Cause of Death Date
Private Ryan Wrathall Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Gunshot (non-hostile) 12 February 2009

2008[edit]

Combat Fatalities: 2, Other Fatalities: 2, Wounded in Action: 20, Other Injured: 758.

Rank Name Unit Cause of Death Date
Corporal Lee Churcher Royal Engineers Gunshot (non-hostile) 11 December 2008
Lance Corporal David Kenneth Williams Army Air Corps Gunshot (non-hostile) 4 December 2008
Sergeant Nick Brown Special Air Service Small arms fire 26 March 2008
Sergeant Duane Barwood Royal Air Force Rocket attack 29 February 2008

2007[edit]

Combat Fatalities: 37, Other Fatalities: 10, Wounded in Action: 202, Other Injured: 1098.

Rank Name Unit Cause of Death Date
Guardsman Stephen Ferguson Scots Guards RTA 13 December 2007
Trooper Lee Fitzsimmons Special Air Service Helicopter crash 20 November 2007
Sergeant John Battersby Special Air Service Helicopter crash 20 November 2007
Lance Corporal Sarah Holmes Royal Logistic Corps RTA 14 October 2007
Sergeant Mark Stansfield Royal Logistic Corps Accident 21 September 2007
Sergeant Eddie Collins Special Air Service 'Hostile action' 5 September 2007
Lance Sergeant Chris Casey Irish Guards IED 9 August 2007
Lance Corporal Kirk Redpath Irish Guards IED 9 August 2007
Leading Aircraftman Martin Beard RAF Regiment Small arms fire 7 August 2007
Private Craig Barber Royal Welsh Small arms fire 6 August 2007
Corporal Steve Edwards Royal Tank Regiment IED 1 August 2007
Lance Corporal Timothy Darren Flowers Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Mortar fire 21 July 2007
Senior Aircraftman Christopher Dunsmore RAF Regiment Mortar fire 19 July 2007
Senior Aircraftman Peter McFerran RAF Regiment Mortar fire 19 July 2007
Senior Aircraftman Matthew Caulwell RAF Regiment Mortar fire 19 July 2007
Corporal Christopher Read Royal Military Police Small arms fire 7 July 2007
Lance Corporal Ryan Francis Royal Welsh IED 7 July 2007
Rifleman Edward Vakabua The Rifles friendly fire 6 July 2007
Corporal Paul Joszko Royal Welsh IED 28 June 2007
Private Jamie Kerr Royal Regiment of Scotland IED 28 June 2007
Private Scott Kennedy Royal Regiment of Scotland IED 28 June 2007
Corporal John Rigby The Rifles IED 22 June 2007
Major Paul Harding The Rifles Mortar fire 20 June 2007
Lance Corporal James Cartwright 2nd Royal Tank Regiment RTA 16 June 2007
Corporal Rodney Wilson The Rifles Small arms fire 7 June 2007
Corporal Jeremy Brookes The Rifles Small arms fire 21 May 2007
Private Kevin Thompson Royal Logistic Corps IED 6 May 2007
Major Nick Bateson Royal Signals RTA 1 May 2007
Rifleman Paul Donnachie The Rifles Small arms fire 29 April 2007
Kingsman Alan Joseph Jones Duke of Lancaster's Regiment Small arms fire 23 April 2007
Corporal Ben Leaning Queen's Royal Lancers IED 19 April 2007
Trooper Kristen Turton Queen's Royal Lancers IED 19 April 2007
Sergeant Mark J. McLaren Royal Air Force Helicopter crash 15 April 2007
Colour Sergeant Mark Lawrence Powell Special Air Service Helicopter crash 15 April 2007
Second Lieutenant Joanna Yorke Dyer Intelligence Corps IED 5 April 2007
Corporal Kris O'Neill Royal Army Medical Corps IED 5 April 2007
Private Eleanor Dlugosz Royal Army Medical Corps IED 5 April 2007
Kingsman Adam James Smith Duke of Lancaster's Regiment IED 5 April 2007
Rifleman Aaron Lincoln The Rifles Small arms fire 2 April 2007
Kingsman Danny John Wilson Duke of Lancaster's Regiment Small arms fire 1 April 2007
Private Jonathon Wysoczan Staffordshire Regiment Small arms fire 3 March 2007
Rifleman Daniel Lee Coffey The Rifles Small arms fire 27 February 2007
Private Luke Daniel Simpson Yorkshire Regiment IED 9 February 2007
Second Lieutenant Jonathan Bracho-Cooke Duke of Lancaster's Regiment IED 5 February 2007
Private Michael Tench The Light Infantry IED 21 January 2007
Kingsman Alexander William Green Duke of Lancaster's Regiment Small arms fire 13 January 2007
Sergeant Wayne Rees Queen's Royal Lancers RTA 7 January 2007

2006[edit]

Combat Fatalities: 27, Other Fatalities: 2, Wounded in Action: 93, Other Injured: 1209.

Rank Name Unit Cause of Death Date
Sergeant Graham Hesketh Duke of Lancaster's Regiment IED 28 December 2006
Sergeant Jonathan Hollingsworth Special Air Service Small arms fire 24 November 2006
Warrant Officer Class 2 Lee Hopkins Royal Signals IED 12 November 2006
Staff Sergeant Sharron Elliott Intelligence Corps IED 12 November 2006
Corporal Ben Nowak Royal Marines IED 12 November 2006
Marine Jason Hylton Royal Marines IED 12 November 2006
Kingsman Jamie Lee Hancock Duke of Lancaster's Regiment Small arms fire 6 November 2006
Lieutenant Tom Tanswell Royal Artillery RTA 27 October 2006
Lance Corporal Dennis Brady Royal Army Medical Corps Mortar fire 1 October 2006
Gunner Lee Thornton Royal Artillery Small arms fire 5 September 2006
Gunner Samuela Vanua Royal Artillery IED 4 September 2006
Gunner Stephen Robert Wright Royal Artillery IED 4 September 2006
Corporal Matthew Cornish The Light Infantry Mortar fire 1 August 2006
Corporal John Cosby Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry friendly fire 16 July 2006
Lieutenant Tom Mildinhall 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards IED 28 May 2006
Lance Corporal Paul Farrelly 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards IED 28 May 2006
Private Joseva Lewaicei Royal Anglian Regiment IED 13 May 2006
Private Adam Morris Royal Anglian Regiment IED 13 May 2006
Wing Commander John Coxen Royal Air Force Helicopter shot down 6 May 2006
Lieutenant Commander Darren Chapman Royal Navy Helicopter shot down 6 May 2006
Captain David Dobson Army Air Corps Helicopter shot down 6 May 2006
Flight Lieutenant Sarah-Jayne Mulvihill Royal Air Force Helicopter shot down 6 May 2006
Marine Paul Collins Royal Marines Helicopter shot down 6 May 2006
Lieutenant Richard Palmer Royal Scots Dragoon Guards IED 16 April 2006
Captain Richard Holmes Parachute Regiment IED 28 February 2006
Private Lee Ellis Parachute Regiment IED 28 February 2006
Trooper Carl Smith 9th/12th Royal Lancers RTA 2 February 2006
Corporal Gordon Alexander Pritchard Royal Scots Dragoon Guards IED 31 January 2006
Lance Corporal Allan Douglas The Highlanders Small arms fire 30 January 2006

2005[edit]

Combat Fatalities: 20, Other Fatalities: 3, Wounded in Action: UNAVAILABLE, Other Injured: UNAVAILABLE.

Rank Name Unit Cause of Death Date
Sergeant John Jones Royal Regiment of Fusiliers IED 20 November 2005
Sergeant Chris Hickey Coldstream Guards IED 18 November 2005
Captain Ken Masters Royal Military Police Suicide 15 October 2005
Major Matthew Bacon Intelligence Corps IED 11 September 2005
Fusilier Donal Anthony Meade Royal Regiment of Fusiliers IED 5 September 2005
Fusilier Stephen Robert Manning Royal Regiment of Fusiliers IED 5 September 2005
Second Lieutenant Richard Shearer Staffordshire Regiment IED 16 July 2005
Private Leon Spicer Staffordshire Regiment IED 16 July 2005
Private Phillip Hewett Staffordshire Regiment IED 16 July 2005
Signaller Paul William Didsbury Royal Signals Accident 29 June 2005
Lance Corporal Alan Brackenbury The King's Royal Hussars IED 29 May 2005
Guardsman Anthony John Wakefield Coldstream Guards IED 2 May 2005
Private Mark Dobson Tyne-Tees Regiment 'Found dead' 28 March 2005
Squadron Leader Patrick Marshall Royal Air Force Aircraft shot down 30 January 2005
Flight Lieutenant David Stead Royal Air Force Aircraft shot down 30 January 2005
Flight Lieutenant Andrew Smith Royal Air Force Aircraft shot down 30 January 2005
Flight Lieutenant Paul Pardoel Royal Air Force Aircraft shot down 30 January 2005
Master Engineer Gary Nicolson Royal Air Force Aircraft shot down 30 January 2005
Chief Technician Richard Brown Royal Air Force Aircraft shot down 30 January 2005
Flight Sergeant Mark Gibson Royal Air Force Aircraft shot down 30 January 2005
Sergeant Robert O'Connor Royal Air Force Aircraft shot down 30 January 2005
Corporal David Williams Royal Air Force Aircraft shot down 30 January 2005
Lance Corporal Steven Jones Royal Signals Aircraft shot down 30 January 2005

2004[edit]

Combat Fatalities: 10, Other Fatalities: 12, Wounded in Action: UNAVAILABLE, Other Injured: UNAVAILABLE.

Rank Name Unit Cause of Death Date
Sergeant Paul Connolly Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers 'Found dead' 26 December 2004
Private Pita Tukutukuwaqa Black Watch IED 8 November 2004
Sergeant Stuart Gray Black Watch Suicide car-bomb 4 November 2004
Private Paul Lowe Black Watch Suicide car-bomb 4 November 2004
Private Scott McArdle Black Watch Suicide car-bomb 4 November 2004
Staff Sergeant Denise Michelle Rose Royal Military Police 'Found dead' 31 October 2004
Private Kevin McHale Black Watch RTA 29 October 2004
Corporal Marc Taylor Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers IED 28 September 2004
Gunner David Lawrence Royal Artillery IED 28 September 2004
Fusilier Stephen Jones Royal Welch Fusiliers RTA 10 September 2004
Lance Corporal Paul Thomas The Light Infantry Small arms fire 17 August 2004
Private Marc Ferns Black Watch IED 12 August 2004
Private Lee O'Callaghan The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Attack on vehicles 9 August 2004
Private Christopher Rayment The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment accident 4 August 2004
Flight Lieutenant Kristian Gover Royal Air Force Helicopter accident 19 July 2004
Fusilier Gordon Gentle Royal Highland Fusiliers IED 28 June 2004
Corporal Richard Ivell Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Accident 12 February 2004
Sapper Robert Thompson Royal Engineers Accident 31 January 2004
Rifleman Vincent Windsor Royal Green Jackets RTA 21 January 2004
Lance Corporal Andrew Craw Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Range accident 7 January 2004
Major James Stenner Special Air Service RTA 1 January 2004
Sergeant Norman Patterson Special Air Service RTA 1 January 2004

2003[edit]

Combat Fatalities: 40, Other Fatalities: 13, Wounded in Action: UNAVAILABLE, Other Injured: UNAVAILABLE.

Rank Name Unit Cause of Death Date
Private Ryan Thomas Royal Regiment of Wales RTA 6 November 2003
Corporal Ian Plank Royal Marines small arms fire 31 October 2003
Sergeant John Nightingale Royal Logistic Corps accident 23 September 2003
Fusilier Russell Beeston 52nd Lowland Regiment killed in action 27 August 2003
Major Matthew Titchener Royal Military Police small arms fire 23 August 2003
Warrant Officer Class 2 Colin Wall Royal Military Police small arms fire 23 August 2003
Corporal Dewi Pritchard Royal Military Police small arms fire 23 August 2003
Captain David Jones Queen's Lancashire Regiment IED 14 August 2003
Private Jason Smith 52nd Lowland Regiment non-hostile incident 13 August 2003
Captain James Linton Royal Artillery illness 18 July 2003
Sergeant Simon Hamilton-Jewell Royal Military Police killed by crowd 24 June 2003
Corporal Russell Aston Royal Military Police killed by crowd 24 June 2003
Corporal Paul Long Royal Military Police killed by crowd 24 June 2003
Corporal Simon Miller Royal Military Police killed by crowd 24 June 2003
Lance Corporal Benjamin Hyde Royal Military Police killed by crowd 24 June 2003
Lance Corporal Thomas Keys Royal Military Police killed by crowd 24 June 2003
Leonard Harvey Ministry of Defence Fire Service illness 22 May 2003
Corporal David Shepherd Royal Air Force Police illness 19 May 2003
Gunner Duncan Pritchard Royal Air Force Regiment RTA 8 May 2003
Private Andrew Kelly Parachute Regiment accident 6 May 2003
Lance Corporal James McCue Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers explosion 30 April 2003
Fusilier Kelan Turrington Royal Regiment of Fusiliers friendly fire 6 April 2003
Lance Corporal Ian Malone[3] Irish Guards killed in action 6 April 2003
Piper Christopher Muzvuru[4] Irish Guards killed in action 6 April 2003
Lieutenant Alexander Tweedie Household Cavalry Regiment vehicle accident 1 April 2003
Lance Corporal Karl Shearer Household Cavalry Regiment vehicle accident 1 April 2003
Staff Sergeant Chris Muir Royal Logistic Corps EOD operation 31 March 2003
Lance Corporal Shaun Brierly Royal Signals RTA 30 March 2003
Marine Christopher Maddison Royal Marines friendly fire 30 March 2003
Major Steve Ballard Royal Marines illness 30 March 2003
Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull Household Cavalry Regiment 'friendly fire' 28 March 2003
Corporal Stephen Allbutt Queen's Royal Lancers 'friendly fire' 25 March 2003
Trooper David Clarke Queen's Royal Lancers 'friendly fire' 25 March 2003
Lance Corporal Barry Stephen Black Watch killed in action 24 March 2003
Sergeant Steven Roberts 2nd Royal Tank Regiment friendly fire 24 March 2003
Sapper Luke Allsopp Royal Engineers killed by crowd 23 March 2003
Staff Sergeant Simon Cullingworth Royal Engineers killed by crowd 23 March 2003
Flight Lieutenant Kevin Main Royal Air Force aircraft shot down 'friendly fire' 23 March 2003
Flight Lieutenant David Rhys Williams Royal Air Force aircraft shot down 'friendly fire' 23 March 2003
Lieutenant Philip Green Royal Navy helicopter crash 22 March 2003
Lieutenant Antony King Royal Navy helicopter crash 22 March 2003
Lieutenant Marc Lawrence Royal Navy helicopter crash 22 March 2003
Lieutenant Philip West Royal Navy helicopter crash 22 March 2003
Lieutenant James Williams Royal Navy helicopter crash 22 March 2003
Lieutenant Andrew Wilson Royal Navy helicopter crash 22 March 2003
Colour Sergeant John Cecil Royal Marines helicopter crash 21 March 2003
Lance Bombardier Llywelyn Evans Royal Artillery helicopter crash 21 March 2003
Captain Philip Stuart Guy Royal Marines helicopter crash 21 March 2003
Marine Sholto Hedenskog Royal Marines helicopter crash 21 March 2003
Sergeant Les Hehir Royal Artillery helicopter crash 21 March 2003
Operator Maintainer Ian Seymour Royal Navy helicopter crash 21 March 2003
Warrant Officer Class 2 Mark Stratford Royal Marines helicopter crash 21 March 2003
Major Jason Ward Royal Marines helicopter crash 21 March 2003

References[edit]

  1. ^ MOD - Operations In Iraq: British Fatalities
  2. ^ MOD - Operations in Iraq: British Casualties
  3. ^ Ian Malone (died 2003) was a citizen of the Republic of Ireland
  4. ^ Christopher Muzvuru (died 2003) was a citizen of the Republic of Zimbabwe

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