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inmemoriam

Obituaries published in The Times and elsewhere


Wing Commander John Smith-Carington, AFC 26 October 1921 - 25 June 2009

Wartime Mosquito pilot

Henry Allingham 6 June 1896 - 18 July 2009

Last known survivor of the Royal Naval Air Service, who served at Jutland and in France during World War 1, and the world's oldest man

Major General John Carpenter CB, MBE 21 June 1921 - 8 July 2009

Evacuated from Dunkirk, service in Western Desert, Sicily and Normandy

Edward Kenna VC 6 July 1919 - 8 July 2009

Australian decorated fearless gallantry in fierce fighting in New Guinea in 1945

Lt Cdr Max Shean DSO and Bar 6 July 1918 - 15 June 2009

Australian X-craft sailor in attacks on Bergan and Singapore-Saigon subsea cable

Bela Kiraly 14 April 1912 - 4 July 2009

Commander of the Hungarian National Guard during 1956 uprising who organised resistance

Peter Lake MC 30 January 1915 - 26 June 2009

Wartime veteran of Special Operations Executive and saboteur in Occupied France

Sqn Ldr Leonard Feltham DFC 15 September 1921 - 4 June 2009

Spitfire pilot over Europe, Western Desert, India and Far East

Wing Commander Ken Mackenzie DFC, AFC, AE 8 June 1916 - 4 June 2009

Battle of Britain ace who got home from Stalag Luft III by feigning madness

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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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