Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Up-to-the-minute perspectives on defence, security and peace
issues from and for policy makers and opinion leaders.

     |      View our Twitter page at     |     


Obituaries in The Times of London and elsewhere

Captain George Hunt RN  DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar 4 July 1916 - 16 August 2011
On of the most succesful and highly decorated submarine commanders, also Mentioned in Despatches

Sqn Ldr John Canning DFC 28 January 1920 - 6 June 2011

Pathfinder navigator on raids against ports, cities, V2 sites, Dresden. Later dropped food into The Netherlands

Lt Col "Joe" Cetre, MC and Bar30 July 1916 - 1 July 2011

Son of French and German immigrants, decorated after Dunkirk and the post-Battle of the Bulge campaign

Flying Officer Geoffrey Fisken DFC 17 February 1916 - 12 June 2011
New Zealander who shot down 7 Japanese deefnding Singapore. Totalled 11 combat victories, one probable, in Pacific

Brigadier David Stileman OBE 9 April 1924 - 24 June 2011
In Normandy on Operation Goodwood; Kenya and Malaya.

Add comment

Security code

Latest from

  • KP- Taliban shadow district governor among 10 killed in Nangarhar
    A shadow district governor of Taliban has been killed along with nine of his companions in eastern Nangarhar province. Officials say Rustam Haqyar was killed in joint security operation of police, army and personnel from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Rodat District.
  • rferl- Senior Afghan Taliban Leader Dies
    The Taliban says one of its senior leaders has died after a battle with cancer. In a statement on February 9, the Taliban said Mullah Muhammad Hassan Rahmani died late on February 8. The Taliban did not say where Rahmani died, although militant sources have been quoted as saying he died in the Pakistani city of Quetta, where the Taliban leadership is believed to reside.
  • ToloNews- 15 Insurgents Killed in Helmand In Joint Air Strike
    At least 15 Taliban insurgents were killed in a joint Afghan and foreign troops air strike in southern Helmand province on Monday night, the 201 Maiwand Military Corp said in a statement.
  • WaPo- Pentagon will boost number of U.S. military advisers in southern Afghanistan
    The Pentagon will deploy dozens of additional U.S. military advisers to southern Afghanistan in coming weeks, a U.S. military official said, part of an effort to rebuild the Afghan army unit that has faced a bloody fight in Helmand province. The advisers will be deployed to train the 215th Corps, the Afghan army unit based in Helmand, the official said. The poppy-rich province was once home to about 30,000 coalition troops and major operations run by U.S. Marines, but nearly all U.S. troops there withdrew by the end of 2014.
  • KP- 17 Daesh militants killed in air strike, clash with security forces in Nangarhar
    17 fighters of the terrorist group of the Islamic State (IS) which also goes by its Arabic name Daesh have been killed in an air strike and clash with security forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
  • KP- Taliban execute woman on adultery charges in Ghor
    Taliban militants have executed a woman on adultery charges in Dolina District of central Ghor province. Spokesperson for the governor of Ghor province said the execution was carried out based on the order of a desert-court of Taliban in Zanu village yesterday.
  • KP- Suicide blast leaves six killed, nine wounded in Paktika
    Six people have lost lives and nine others sustained injuries in a suicide bomb blast in Paktika province. The blast took place in front of a baker in the capital city of Yahyakhil District around 11:30 am this morning. The apparent target of the suicide bomber was Musa Khan Kharotai, the district governor, who just drove through the area before the blast took place.
  • KP- 34 militants killed, 30 wounded in Afghan army operations
    At least 34 anti-government armed militants were killed in the latest counter-terrorism operations conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces. The Ministry of Defense (MoD0 said the operations were conducted during the past 24 hours in the vicinity of Dangam district of Kunar, Maiwand district of Kandahar, Herawud district of Uruzgan, Dand-e-Ghori district of Baghlan, and Marja and Musa Qala districts of Helmand.
  • ToloNews- Eight Insurgents Killed in Helmand Airstrike
    At least eight insurgents were killed in an Afghan security forces airstrike in southern Helmand province on Sunday night, the provincial governor's media office said in a statement. The airstrike took pace in Nad Ali district of the province after the Afghan Air Force carried out the attack on insurgents which resulted in the death of eight including the group's leader, according to the statement.
  • TheGuardian- US to deploy hundreds of troops in Afghanistan to thwart Taliban
    Hundreds of additional US troops are slated to deploy to a volatile province in Afghanistan to bolster the local military against a resurgent Taliban, the Guardian has learned. By month’s end, a force described as battalion-strength, consisting of mostly army soldiers, will arrive in Helmand province where US and UK forces have struggled in battles for over a decade to drive out the Taliban.

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.


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 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.