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Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burnett GCB, DFC, AFC 10 March 1913 - 16 September 2011
Part of pre war Egypt-Australia record breakers, wartime bomber pilot who implemented withdrawl from east of Suez

Maj General John Cordingley OBE 1 September 1916 - 14 October 2011
Evacuated from Dunkirk, gunnery instructor, commanded British Army's first nuclear missile regiment

Col Peter Storie-Pugh CBE, MC 1 November 1919- 20 October 2011
Awarded MC for resisting German offensive in Northern France, subsequently in Colditz after persistent escape attempts

Maj General Giles Mills CB, CVO, OBE 1 April 1922 - 12 September 2011
Served in North African and through Italian campaign, finally Director of Manning (Army)

Sqn Ldr (Anthony) Peter Russell DFC 8 August 1918 - 1 August 2011
From Coastal Command to Bomber Command, sustained bombing of German, and raced US forces to Hong Kong

Lt Col Freddy Cardoza MC 1 December 1916 - 7 October 2011
Reservist who escaped from Dunkirk and who was sent into Occupied France to supportand lead the Resistance

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  • KP- Explosion in Kote Sangi area of Kabul city injures 3 civilians
    At least three civilians were reported injured following an explosion in Kote Sangi area of Kabul city late on Wednesday. According to the security officials, the incident took place after unknown armed men hurled hand grenade on a police check post.
  • KP- Operation launched to free abducted policemen in Badakhshan
    At least 15 Taliban militants were killed following an operation in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the operation was launched to free the policemen who were abducted by Taliban militants in Wardoj district.
  • AP- Taliban attacks on Afghan capital surge in new president's first month in office
    Suicide bombers, roadside bombs and rocket attacks on the Afghan capital have intensified in the one month since President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai took office as the Taliban are sending a message that they disapprove of his tough stance on ending the insurgency and close security ties with Washington, officials, analysts and the Taliban said.
  • KP- 3 Afghan army soldiers martyred in latest spate of violence
    At least three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred in separate Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks in the past 24 hours. Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following IED attack and direct enemy fire.
  • Gaurdian- Taliban return to Afghan town that rose up and drove out its leaders
    When the people of Gizab district rose up and ousted their Taliban rulers four years ago, international forces touted the district as a success story of civil courage and a milestone in the decade-long war. But now the district in Uruzgan, central Afghanistan, is about to fall back under the control of the insurgents, according to officials and community leaders.
  • arabnews- At least 10 die in attack on Afghanistan court
    Taleban militants stormed a court in northern Afghanistan on Monday and killed at least ten people including prosecutors, shooting them in their offices at close range, officials said.
  • DOD- Navy Casualty Identified
    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, of Oceanside, California, died Oct. 24, in Doha, Qatar, of a non-combat related incident at Al Udeid Air Base. The incident is under investigation.

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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