Saturday, 23 May 2015
logo
Up-to-the-minute perspectives on defence, security and peace
issues from and for policy makers and opinion leaders.
        



dv-header
     |      View our Twitter page at twitter.com/defenceredbox     |     

inmemoriam

Corporal Barry Dempsey

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed today that Corporal Barry Dempsey, a medic from the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, attached to 1st Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment, was killed on patrol in Afghanistan on Monday 18 August 2008.

In a statement, the MoD offered tributes from comrades and senior officers. Lieutenant Colonel Nick Borton said that Cpl Dempsey "was a stalwart of the Medical Centre; a hard worker, he always volunteered for any task, and was always at the centre of the team, motivating and encouraging the younger medics." Lieutenant Colonel Ed Freely praised Cpl Dempsey's "great humility and character", whilst Defence Secretary Des Browne said that Cpl Dempsey was a "selfless and brave professional".

---
Signaller Wayne Bland

On 11th August, the Ministry of Defence announced the death in Afghanistan of a soldier from 16 Signal Regiment Motor Transport Troop, named on 14th August as Signaller Wayne Bland. Sig. Bland died whilst on patrol in Kabul as a result of a suicide attack upon the vehicle he was travelling in.

In a statement, the MoD presented tributes from comrades and senior officers who served with Sig. Bland in Operation Herrick ("popular and capable", "a leader amongst his peers"), and from the Secretary of State for Defence Des Browne ("a model British soldier").

The full statement can be viewed at the Ministry of Defence website.

------------

Not just for those who have sadly lost their lives in service. Good news from the MoD that they are double compensation for troops injured and disabled in combat.

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Latest from icasualties.org

  • ToloNews- District Governor Killed in Uruzgan Roadside Mine Blast
    Mohammad Ismail, Governor of Shaheed Asas district of central Uruzgan province was killed in a roadside mine blast early Saturday, local officials said. One of his bodyguards was injured in the blast.
  • KP- 23 terrorists detained in Nangarhar
    National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has arrested 23 militants from different parts of eastern Nangarhar province. A statement issued Saturday by NDS states that the militants were arrested that the terrorists were apprehended during separate military operations from the districts of Behsoud, Khogyani, Surkh Rud, Ghanikhil, Mohmand Dara and Jalalabad city.
  • AP- Roadside Bomb Kills 2, Including Afghan District Chief
    An Afghan official says a roadside bomb has killed two people, including a district administrative chief, in the country's south. Dost Mohammad Nayab, spokesman for the provincial governor of Uruzgan province, said Saturday that Mohammad Ismail Haqyar, district chief of Charcheno, along with his bodyguard were killed while they were on their way to their office.
  • KP- BM-1 rocket hits Qargha military base in Kabul, no casualties reported
    A BM-1 rocket struck a military base in Qargha district of Kabul earlier today with defense officials saying the rocket attack did not incur any casualties to military personnel. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the rocket was fired from the vicinity of Chehl Dukhtaran mountain of Paghman district.
  • ibtimes- US Drone Kills Taliban Commander In Afghanistan
    A U.S. drone attack Friday killed at least five people in Afghanistan. According to security sources, the attack left several other people injured in the northeastern part of the country. The incident took place in Kunar province. While the details of the people killed in the drone attack have not been revealed, provincial officials claimed that they were Taliban militants. They said that one of the commanders had also been killed in the attack. According to local residents, however, the drone attack killed civilians.
  • KP- Two soldiers kidnapped in Herat
    Two soldiers have been kidnapped in Guzara District of western Herat province, an official said on Saturday. Nisar Ahmad Popal, governor of Guzara District said that police officer Sibghatullah and Afghan National Army soldier Sultan Ahmad were playing football in Seshwan area when unidentified gunmen kidnapped them on Friday evening.
  • NPR- He Calmed Kandahar. But At What Cost?
    The southern Afghan city of Kandahar was the birthplace of the Taliban and has long been considered one the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan. But the city has grown peaceful in recent years, and much of the credit has been given to an American ally: Lt. Gen. Abdul Raziq, the provincial police chief.
  • Pajhwok- 19 rebels dead in Paktika, Kandahar clashes
    At least 19 militants have been killed and eight others wounded in clashes with security forces in southeastern Paktika and southern Kandahar provinces, officials said on Thursday.
  • KP- Suicide car bomb attack foiled in key part of Kabul city
    The Afghan national security forces thwarted a plot to carry out a suicide car bomb attack in capital Kabul late on Thursday afternoon. The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said a would-be suicide bomber was arrested and a Veicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) was confiscated by the intelligence operatives.
  • WaPo- Satellite photos of Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, before and after U.S. withdrawal
    The top U.S. watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction released a new report Wednesday that details how the military constructed an extravagant $33 million headquarters building at a major U.S. military base in Afghanistan, even though the top general there requested in 2010 that the project be stopped.

British military casualties - Editorial policy

In the service of our country.

Eulogies for all personnel killed on UK operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere are posted as soon as they have been released by the UK Ministry of Defence. Each eulogy we publish for men down in operations brings a lump to the throat. We are losing the best of the best. Politicians must ensure that, when the newspaper cuttings have faded, their sacrifice has had some meaning, has helped bring about a good result. Anything else would be a waste for which they will be eternally condemned.

There is invariably at least a 24 hour gap between the official release of news of an event and the naming of the dead. This is to allow families to be informed and proper eulogoies to be produced. Occasionally families request no euologies or comment. We abide by guidance we receive on such sensitive matters. We regret that information on those who sacrifice almost as much through grave injury is seldom released by the MoD for operational reasons, and so we are unable to pay tribute.

 

Cookies
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Defence Viewpoints website. However, if you would like to, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set. You may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers. Please note that you will lose some features and functionality on this website if you choose to disable cookies. For example, you may not be able to link into our Twitter feed, which gives up to the minute perspectives on defence and security matters.