Jon Hollingsworth

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Jonathan Stuart Hollingsworth
Born (1971-02-07)7 February 1971
Rotherham, Yorkshire, England
Died 23 November 2006(2006-11-23) (aged 35)
Al Baṣrah, Iraq
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit Special Air Service
Battles/wars The Troubles
Iraq War
Awards Conspicuous Gallantry Cross
Queen's Gallantry Medal

Sergeant Jonathan Stuart "Jon" Hollingsworth CGC, QGM (7 February 1971 – 23 November 2006)[1] was a British Army soldier. Described as "an SAS hero" by a British tabloid newspaper, he reportedly sustained gunshot wounds during a raid to capture terror leaders in Basra and later died of his injuries at a nearby military hospital.

Personal life[edit]

Jonathan Hollingsworth was born in 1971, in Rotherham, Yorkshire and lived in Hull. He was married and had two sons.[2]

Military career[edit]

Hollingsworth was a member of the 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment before eventually passing selection and joining D squadron, 22nd SAS Regiment. He was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal for operations in Northern Ireland.[3]

Hollingsworth deployed with D squadron in 2006 and was assigned to 'Hathor' detachment; a British special forces detachment that carried out operations against Iraqi insurgents in Basra. In early November, only weeks before his death and shortly before his squadron was due to return to the UK, Hollingsworth was leading a raid ahead of his team on an insurgent-occupied building in Basra when he was shot in the back of the neck. The bullet missed his carotid artery by millimetres and he was sent to the UK for treatment, but returned to Iraq within days rather than taking time off to recover. He was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for his actions in Iraq,[4] reportedly for single-handedly killing six insurgents during a raid.

Death[edit]

On the night of 23/24 November 2006, 'Hathor' detachment was given a mission to strike a block of insurgent occupied flats in Basra. The flats were located in a hostile part of the city and were full of families. Hollingsworth was in overall charge of the mission of the assault teams, but was shot early on in the raid and was evacuated to a British military hospital at Shaibah. He died soon afterwards. None of the targets the assault teams were looking for were apprehended and no weapons were recovered.[5]

Hollingsworth was the first member of the British Special Forces to be killed in action since Operation Abalone on 31 October 2003.[6] He was the 126th British soldier to be killed in operations in Iraq.

Hollingsworth was repatriated in a discreet funeral at Credenhill, and his widow was invited to a private meeting with then Prime minister Tony Blair.[7] Defence Secretary Des Browne said: "The death of Sgt Hollingsworth is a terrible loss and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family, friends and comrades."[8]

"Sgt Hollingsworth was killed on a successful operation to detain those who were known to attack both civilian and military personnel. He did not die in vain."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personal Details: Hollingsworth, Johnathan Stuart". Armed Forces Memorial roll of honour. GOV.UK. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Urban, Mark, Task Force Black: The Explosive True Story of the Secret Special Forces War in Iraq , St. Martin's Griffin, 2012 ISBN 1250006961 ISBN 978-1250006967,p.200, p202
  3. ^ Urban, Mark, Task Force Black: The Explosive True Story of the Secret Special Forces War in Iraq , St. Martin's Griffin , 2012 ISBN 1250006961 ISBN 978-1250006967,p.200
  4. ^ Urban, Mark, Task Force Black: The Explosive True Story of the Secret Special Forces War in Iraq , St. Martin's Griffin , 2012 ISBN 1250006961 ISBN 978-1250006967,p.199-200
  5. ^ Urban, Mark, Task Force Black: The Explosive True Story of the Secret Special Forces War in Iraq , St. Martin's Griffin , 2012 ISBN 1250006961 ISBN 978-1250006967,p.201
  6. ^ Urban, Mark, Task Force Black: The Explosive True Story of the Secret Special Forces War in Iraq , St. Martin's Griffin , 2012 ISBN 1250006961 ISBN 978-1250006967,p.200
  7. ^ Urban, Mark, Task Force Black: The Explosive True Story of the Secret Special Forces War in Iraq , St. Martin's Griffin , 2012 ISBN 1250006961 ISBN 978-1250006967,p.202
  8. ^ http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/MilitaryOperations/SergeantJonathanHollingsworthKilledInIraq.htm
  9. ^ http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/MilitaryOperations/SergeantJonathanHollingsworthKilledInIraq.htm

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