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BAILLIE Maj the Hon Peter Charles Baillie died 15th March 2017 aged 89

BARNES Major Dr Thomas W Barnes TD died 24th March 2017

BERGIUS Adam Kennedy Bergius RN DSC 25 March 1925 - 3 March 2017

Op Sabre 30 July 1945 to cut Japanese undersea cables for midget submarine. Later navigator HMS Spearhead

BISHOP Gp Capt John Howard died 19 March 2017 aged 88

BOND Maj General Mark Bond died 27th March 2017 aged 94

COLES Major Adrian Harcourt Coles MBE TD 17 May 1930 - 23 March 2017

REME National Service. RAOC regular, Sgt Major parachutist. Commissioned. Cyprus

COOGAN Andrew Coogan BEM 1 April 1917 - 20 March 2017

Lancashire Yeomanry Slim River, Ayer Hitman Malaya retreat. Captured Singapore. PoW copper mine Taiwan. Saw aftermath Nagasaki atom bomb

EASTEN Col Donald Friswell Easten MC 15 July 1918 - 28 February 2017

Royal West Kents. 14th Army. Arakan, company commander held up Japanese advance at Kohima April 1944, advance through Burma

HIGGINS Lt Cdr Robert T (Trapper) Higgins died 20th February 2017. Submariner, mountaineer

KINVIG Maj Gen Clifford Arthur Kinvig Royal Army Education Corps 22nd November 1934 - 22nd February 2017 historian, Director of Army Education

LATHAM Air Vice Marshal Peter Anthony Latham AFC, CB 18 June 1925 - 4 December 2016 Berlin airlift 1948. Later i/c Black Arrows, AOC 11 Group

MASON Cdr FA Tony Mason MBE RNR died 21st February 2017 aged 84

MILMINE (later Rt Rev) Douglas Milmine RAF CBE 3 May 1921- 28 February 2017

No 8 Group Bomber Command. Pathfinder. Halifax shot down over Essen July 1943. Stalag Luft III. Long march Jan 45. Escaped to US Army.

MOUNDE Col Michael Burke MBE (RE) died 2nd March 2017 aged 76

MURRAY Lt Col David John Skelton Murray 14 September 1921 - 8 January 2017 Battle of Kohima 1944 (!st Bn Camerons) Recapture of Burma MiD. Japan

MURRAY Major Michael Graeme Murray died 24th March 2017 aged 93

NEILSON Lt Col Ian Ian Godfrey Neilson DFC 4 December 1918 - 20 January 2017

Army Air Corps pilot Sword beach D-Day 55 sorties in Austers June-July 1944 as Air Observation Post "spotting" for naval gunfire. Led War Crimes investigations units

PARSONS Lt Col Terence Godfrey Parsons RA died 15th February 2017 aged 83

PENLEY Dr William Henry Penley CB, CBE 22 March 1917 - 27 January 2017

Telecommunications Research Establishment (later Royal radar Establishment) helped bring Chain Home and Chain Home Low ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬†early warning systems into operation in time for Battle of Britain. Later headed development of Thunderbird, Bloodhound, Rapier SAMs. Scientific head of civil service

PRICE Lt Col Thomas George Price RAMC died 1st March 2017

TURNER Major John Charles Turner died 27th February 2017 aged 90 Royal Artillery

WEBB Cdr Jeffrey Francis Webb OBE died 25th March 2017 aged 92


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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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