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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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  • LATimes- Gunmen storm American University in Kabul, Afghanistan, witnesses say
    Gunmen stormed the American University of Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to eyewitnesses. Authorities were responding to an attack there, the Kabul chief of police told ABC News. Dozens of students and Associated Press photographer Massoud Hossaini were trapped inside the building, witnesses said. Several wounded have been taken by ambulances.
  • TheGuardian- US soldier killed and another wounded by roadside bomb in Afghanistan
    The US military says an American soldier has been killed and another wounded by a roadside bomb during an operation in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province. A statement says their patrol was struck by a roadside bomb on Tuesday in Lashgar Gah, the provincial capital, and that six Afghan soldiers were wounded. The attack came a day after officials said 100 US troops had been sent to Lashkar Gah to help defend the city, which appears to be at increasing risk of falling to the Taliban. Afghan officials say the insurgents in effect control around 80% of the province.
  • KP- 100 American soldiers deployed to Helmand amid surge in violence
    At least 100 US troops have been deployed in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan in a bid to help suppress the growing insurgency led by the Taliban militants. A US military official in Afghanistan has said the decision for the deployment of around 100 troops to Helmand was taken following tactical victories by the Taliban group.
  • KP- Explosion targets Afghan, NATO forces patrol, 3 policemen wounded
    An explosion targeted the Afghan and the NATO forces in Bagram district of northern Parwan province late on Monday evening, local officials said. The NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission confirmed an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack targeted the Afghan army vehicle during a partnered patrol.
  • DoD- Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on U.S. Casualties in Afghanistan
    I was deeply saddened to learn one of our service members was killed today and another wounded while engaged in our mission to train, advise and assist Afghan forces. Six Afghan soldiers were also wounded in the IED blast...This tragic event in Helmand province reminds us that Afghanistan remains a dangerous place, and there is difficult work ahead even as Afghan forces continue to make progress in securing their own country.
  • KP- ANA casualties on rise amid growing violence, 15 martyred in 24 hours
    The Afghan National Army (ANA) forces casualties remains rampant in the past 24 hours as the level of violence has considerably grown during the recent days. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the ANA forces lost at least 15 soldiers in the past 24 hours as the continued to conduct operations to suppress the local and foreign terrorists across the country.
  • KP- 4 prominent Taliban commanders killed in East of Afghanistan
    At least four prominent commanders of the Taliban group were killed during an operation in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the Taliban commanders were identified as Naeem Khalid, Mohammad Arif, Al Badar and Abdul Rahman.
  • KP- 1 child killed, 3 wounded in an explosion in North of Afghanistan
    At least one child was killed and three others were wounded in an explosion in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan, local officials said Monday. The incident took place late on Sunday afternoon in Qosh Tapa district as the children were playing in the area and struck with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which was already planted.
  • WaPo- Taliban forces consolidate gains around Kunduz
    Taliban insurgents intensified a third day of attacks Monday near the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, cutting off main roads to adjacent provinces and reportedly blowing up a bridge that links Afghanistan to neighboring Tajikistan. The sustained assault deepened fears that Kunduz could fall again into insurgent hands, as it did for two weeks in September and October in one of the worst setbacks for government forces­ in the 15-year war.
  • KP- Main bridge totally destroyed by Taliban in Kunduz province
    The Taliban militants have totally destroyed one of the main bridges connecting the northern provinces with the main Sher Khan port in north of Afghanistan. According to the local security officials, the main Alchin bridge was totally destroyed by the Taliban militants in Kunduz late on Sunday night.

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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