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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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  • VOA- Kabul District Heavily Guarded After Taliban Attack
    An upscale neighborhood in the Afghan capital, Kabul, is being guarded by Afghan security forces after Taliban fighters staged an attack the night before. Witnesses said multiple explosions and bursts of gunfire in the Wazir Akbar Khan district came late Thursday.
  • BNA- 4 Insurgents gunned down in Kabul
    Armed insurgents carried out failed attack on International Relief and Development (RID) compound in Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan area, Kabul city last night where the attackers were killed after several hours clashes by security forces.
  • AP- Taliban launch all-out assault on Camp Bastion barely a month after British troops pull out, killing six Afghan soldiers
    Insurgents killed six Afghan soldiers in an assault on an army base Friday that lasted more than 14 hours, a day after attacks on foreign targets in Kabul killed two British embassy employees. Nearly 30 insurgents, including seven suicide bombers, swarmed Camp Bastion in southern Helmand province in the early hours of Friday morning, said the deputy head of the Afghan National Army in the province, Ghulam Farooq Parwani.
  • dailymail- Afghan interpreters who helped US forces claim they have been left to the mercy of the Taliban
    Taliban militants are hunting down interpreters who worked with US forces in Afghanistan but while many have been allowed to emigrate to America, those who were sacked or placed on a blacklist claim they have been handed a death sentence. Thousands of Afghan's have been given visas in recognition for their work with the International Security Assistance Force as it was clear they would not be safe in their own homes.
  • dpa- Four killed, dozens injured in three separate Afghan attacks
    Four police officers were killed and dozens of civilians injured Friday in three separate attacks in Afghanistan, officials said. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden truck near a police checkpoint in the Nawzad district, an incident in which four police officers were killed and five others were injured, said Omar Zwak, spokesman for the governor of Helmand province, where the incident took place.
  • afghanistantimes- 21 hurt in Nangarhar blast
    As many as 21 people were wounded following a bomb blast inside a mosque in eastern Nangarhar province, said official on Friday. The bomb exploded inside a mosque in Khogyani district, said Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, the spokesman for Nangarhar police chief.
  • AFP- Briton among 6 dead as Kabul blast hits embassy vehicle
    A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-packed car into a British embassy vehicle in Kabul on Thursday, killing one Briton and five Afghans in the latest attack to highlight fragile security as NATO troops withdraw. A British security contractor and an Afghan employee of the embassy died in the blast, which hit their vehicle on a stretch of road notorious for suicide attacks.
  • Reuters- Suicide bomber kills five in attack on British embassy car in Kabul
    A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing five people including one Briton, officials said. The blast in the east of Kabul wounded 33 people, including many bystanders, the latest in a wave of bombings to hit the city as the majority of foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of the year.
  • DoD- Army Casualty Identified (2 of 2)
    Spc. Joseph W. Riley, 27, of Grove City, Ohio. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina...died Nov. 24, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with a vehicle borne improvised explosive device.
  • KP- Taliban militants kidnap 12 employees of Sher Khan port in Kunduz
    The Taliban militants have kidnapped at least 12 employees of Sher Khan Port Authority in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan. Provincial police spokesman Syed Sarwar Hussaini confirmed that the employees were kidnapped late on Wednesday evening.

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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