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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.

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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.


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