[26], Lance Corporal Jonathan Hetherington of 14 Signal Regiment was shot dead while fighting rebels during an assault on his platoon house in Musa Qaleh in northern Helmand province on 27 August. Lance Coporal Christopher Harkett, aged 22, from C Company, The 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Regiment (The Royal Regiment of Wales) died on the morning of Saturday 14 March 2009 as a result of wounds sustained from an explosion while conducting a foot patrol south of Musa Qala District Centre, Northern Helmand. [223], On 27 June, Cpl Jamie Kirkpatrick, aged 32, from 101 Engineer Regiment, shot and killed while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province. [51] Four soldiers from the battalion were also injured in the incident. [229], On 13 July, Cpl Arjun Purja Pun, aged 33, from 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, shot and killed by an Afghan soldier while on patrol near Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province. © 2020 BBC. He was at a Forward Operating Base in the Gereshk area of Helmand province when he was fatally wounded when the gun position he was commanding came under attack. [48] Pte Gray was taking part in a clearance patrol in the town of Now Zad when it was attacked by the Taliban who were using small arms, heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and rockets in their attack on the patrol. [249], On 5 September, L/Cpl Joseph Pool, aged 26, from Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland, killed a rocket-propelled grenade in Nad Ali, Helmand Province. One third of the wounded suffered serious or very serious injuries. He was part of a patrol operating in support of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team. [57] Four other soldiers were also injured in the explosion. [244], On 13 August, Lt John Charles Sanderson, aged 29, from G Tobruk Company, 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) attached to 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles Battlegroup, died in the UK after being injured in an explosion within Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand on 13 July 2010. [65], Senior Aircraftman Gary Thompson, aged 51, of No 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, and Senior Aircraftman Graham Livingstone, aged 23, who served with No 3 Squadron the RAF Regiment, were both killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Kandahar. [194], On 15 March, Cpt Martin Driver, aged 31, from 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, serving with Household Cavalry Regiment Battle Group, died in an explosion while on patrol in the Musa Qala district in Helmand province. [130], Rifleman Daniel Hume, aged 22, of the 4th Battalion The Rifles, was killed by a contact explosion while on a foot patrol near Nad e-Ali, Helmand province on 9 July 2009. While establishing a vital fire-support location to protect his colleagues advancing on a Taliban defensive position, Mne Mackin was killed by an enemy Improvised Explosive Device. [189], On 2 March, Cpl Richard Green, aged 23, from 3rd Battalion, The Rifles, Recce Platoon, died in a shooting while manning a vehicle checkpoint near Sangin in Helmand province. [86], Rifleman Yubraj Rai of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles was killed in Afghanistan on 4 November 2008 while taking part in a joint International Security Assistance Force and Afghan National Security Forces operation against enemy forces south of Musa Qaleh. Captain Alex Eida, 2nd Lieutenant Ralph Johnson and Lance Corporal Ross Nicholl were killed after a vehicle patrol was ambushed by militants in a northern district of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on 1 August, they were ambushed with RPGs, AK-47s and a heavy machine gun. [150], A Royal Marine died following an explosion while on a foot patrol near Gereshk in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in the early hours of Saturday 29 August 2009. The patrol was conducting routine operations with the Afghan National Army when it was struck by an improvised explosive device. The increase in injured service personnel had also been marked compared with previous years. All four soldiers were killed while taking part in a deliberate operation east of Lashkar Gah when the Snatch Land Rover in which they were travelling was caught in an explosion. [137], Captain Daniel Shepherd, from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, was killed on 20 July 2009. They were on a patrol providing security in the Yakchal region of Nahr-e Saraj in central Helmand when their armoured vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. [253], On 2 October, Rifleman Suraj Gurung, aged 22, from 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, died in an explosion in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand Province. [56] Guardsman Downes was aged 20 and from Manchester. They are part of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces and institutions. Adam Drane from 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment died as a result of small arms fire while guarding a checkpoint in the Nad-e-Ali area, in central Helmand province on 7 December 2009. Lieutenant Mark Evison, aged 26, from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards died peacefully on 12 May 2009 in Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, as a result of a gunshot wound sustained during a patrol in the vicinity of Haji Halem, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on 9 May 2009. [31], Lance Corporal Luke McCulloch, aged 21, of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment, was killed in a battle with Taliban rebels. While taking part in Operation Panchai Palang, Bombardier Hopson was part of a patrol tasked to reconnoitre a suitable area for a polling station in the forthcoming Afghan presidential elections. [300], On 23 December, Captain Richard Holloway Royal Engineers (att SBS), aged 29, was killed in combat in the East of Kabul[301], On 5 March, Sapper Adam Moralee, aged 23, from 32 Engineer Regiment, died preparing engineer plant equipment for redeployment within Camp Bastion. [245], On 13 August, Sapper Ishwor Gurung, aged 21, from 69 Gurkha Field Squadron, 21 Engineer Regiment Group, died after being shot in Nad Ali, Helmand Province. At 16.00hrs local time a suicide attacker rammed his vehicle into the patrol and detonated an explosive device causing a number of civilian casualties and injuring three British soldiers who were evacuated to a military hospital, however Signaller Bland later died from his wounds. On 24 January, Signaller Ian Gerard Sartorius-Jones, aged 21, from 20th Armoured Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (200) at Forward Operating Base Khar Nikah in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. In 2009 the total number of deaths had exceeded the landmark of 100 and nearly half of the 464 wounded in battle were injured since November 2008. Private Nathan Cuthbertson, Private Daniel Gamble and Private Charles Murray of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment died on Sunday 8 June 2008 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. [119], Lance Corporal Kieron Hill, aged 20, from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) was killed on 28 May 2009. Video, 'Irreparable damage': Italy's ski resorts deserted, Fauci hopes to encourage others by getting vaccine. [49], Corporal Darren Bonner, aged 31, from Norfolk, died on Monday 28 May 2007, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. [221], On 23 June, Sgt Steven William Darbyshire, aged 35, from Alpha Company, 40 Commando, was shot and killed while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province. Vatubua had been part of an operation targeting known enemy firing positions north of the village of Saidabad Kalayk, when he was killed by a bomb blast from the wall of a compound. your own Pins on Pinterest [302] Moralee was killed instantly when the bucket on the earthmover that he and his team were cleaning moved downwards and one of its teeth speared him between the shoulder blades. 6,663 UK personnel were aeromedically evacuated from Afghanistan on medical grounds, for whatever reason. Gregory then left the barbecue and returned with a loaded SA80 rifle and killed Busuttil, firing the rifle at him 'up to ten times'. His citation was read out at the Grenadier Guard barracks in Aldershot. [264], On 25 January, Private Martin Bell, aged 24, of 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment, was killed by and IED bomb blast in Spoor Kalay. Sergeant Barry Keen of 14 Signal Regiment was killed by a 107 mm rocket when it hit the compound near Hydarabad in southern Afghanistan on Friday 27 July 2007. Another soldier was also wounded, but his injuries were not life-threatening. 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Then, with reports that the Taliban are close to overrunning Sangin town in Helmand providence, British military personnel were deployed. Two key allies jailed over the Russia inquiry benefit from the latest wave of presidential pardons. Drummer Thomas Wright, aged 21, from Ripley, Derbyshire, 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, was killed on Sunday 24 June 2007 when the Snatch Land Rover vehicle he was travelling in was caught in an explosion near Lashkar Gah, Helmand province. After initial treatment, Marine Summers was transported back to a specialist unit in the UK where he later died. He was shot and killed while he was on sentry duty on a compound that had recently been secured as part of Operation Panchai Palang, near Char-e-Anjir, just outside Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province. The accident occurred when Marine Summers was driving a Pinzgauer High Mobility All-Terrain Vehicle as part of a routine convoy in Helmand province on 4 February 2007. He was part of an ISAF foot patrol to disrupt insurgent activity in the Khar Nikah region of the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province when he received a fatal gunshot wound. Despite having received medical treatment at the scene he died a short time later from his wounds. [214], On 14 June, Marine James Steven Birdsall, aged 20, from Bravo Company, 40 Commando, died in hospital in the UK after being shot while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province. On 16 March 2013, British media reported that Ashworth was to be posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery and this was confirmed by the Ministry of Defence on 18 March 2013. [123], Private Robert McLaren, from the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was killed near Kandahar on 11 June 2009 during a deliberate operation against insurgent fighters. During the firefight Private King was caught in the blast from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and was killed in action, despite the best efforts of medics at the scene. The rest of the money is used by the US and British troops: it is one of their main financial sources. On Saturday 8 December 2007, in southern Afghanistan. [14], On 27 March, Lance Corporal Peter Edward Craddock, aged 31, from 1st Battalion, the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment died in Lashkar Gah, southern Afghanistan. Lance Corporal Paul Muirhead, aged 29, of the Royal Irish Regiment, from Bearley, Warwickshire, died of injuries on 6 September, after an attack on 1 September. He was working on a construction task with other military engineers from his Troop, as part of the preparations to hand the camp over to Afghan security forces, when the Afghan soldier turned his weapon on ANA and ISAF soldiers at the base. On 11 November, Captain Walter Reid Barrie, aged 41, from 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS) was taking part in a football match between British soldiers and members of the Afghan National Army at Forward Operating Base Shawqat in the Nad-e-Ali district of Helmand province when he was shot at close range by a member of the Afghan Army. Marine Wright was injured when a grenade was thrown at his patrol and despite receiving medical attention and being evacuated to the hospital at Camp Bastion, he succumbed to his wounds. On the morning of 27 April 2012 he was fatally wounded during an exchange of small arms fire. Meanwhile, Afghan groups agreed a deal for an interim power-sharing government, and Hamid Karzai, a former mujahedeen spokesman, was sworn in as its head. Two Canadian personnel, later named as Master Corporal Pat Audet and Corporal Martin Joannette, were also killed in the incident. [287], On 16 July, Lance Corporal Paul Watkins, aged 24, of the 9th/12 Royal Lancers, was killed by small arms fire whilst on patrol in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand Province. The Patrol was ambushed by Taliban fighters and Marine Smith was struck by small-arms fire, however despite receiving medical help from his colleagues he died of his wounds while being flown to hospital. All three men were from The Parachute Regiment and were serving with the Special Forces Support Group and were involved in training Afghan National Security Forces. [192], On 7 March, Cpl Stephen Thompson, aged 31, from 1st Battalion, The Rifles, serving with 3rd Battalion, The Rifles Battle Group, died in an explosion while on patrol in the Sangin area in Helmand province. [243], On 12 August, Rifleman Remand Kulung, aged 27, from 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, died in the UK after being injured when a helicopter crashed into his lookout position within Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand Province. Afghanistan was the most deadly place for British troops, accounting for 71% of all fatalities between 2001 and 2020, with 2009 the deadliest … They hadn’t made a big deal about it, but Britain has been slowly paring back its troop levels in Afghanistan, following the US in a drawdown that’s likely to end in an outright pullout. [13] The Oxfordshire Coroner subsequently recorded an inquest verdict of suicide on 22 February 2007. Sgt Robert Loughran-Dickson from the Royal Military Police died from gunshot wounds sustained on patrol in Nad-e-Ali in Helmand Province on 18 November 2009. [233], On 17 July, Staff Sgt Brett Linley, aged 29, from Royal Logistic Corps, died in an explosion while on patrol near Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province. Due to Cpl Newell's work, his age at the time of his death was not released. A round entered his body from the side which was not protected by his body armour.[296]. [275], On 23 March, Lance Sergeant Mark Burgan, aged 28, and Major Matthew Collins, aged 38, both of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards, died when the vehicle they were travelling in was blown up by a roadside bomb in Helmand Province. On 22 December, Captain Tom Jennings, aged 29, Royal Marines, died after the vehicle he was travelling in struck an explosive device while on an operation to the south of Kabul. The UK became part of Nato-led operations - the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) - in 2002. Colour Sergeant Dura was taking part in a road move when the Warrior tracked armoured vehicle he was travelling in was hit by an improvised explosive device. [263], On 1 January, Private Joseva Vatubua, aged 24, of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was killed in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of central Helmand. He had endured several operations by the time he had died and an autopsy revealed that his death was directly attributable to the wounds he sustained a year earlier. Major Aziz, a criminal investigation officer in Helmand Police Force. [172], On 15 January Corporal Lee Brownson, aged 30, from 3rd Battalion The Rifles was killed by an IED in Helmand. On 27 April, Guardsman Michael Roland, aged 22, from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards was killed. [184], On 18 February, L/Sgt David Walker, aged 36, from 1st Battalion Scots Guards, died in after being shot while on patrol in Nad Ali in Helmand province. On 2 January, Rifleman Sachin Limbu, aged 23, of B Sari Bari Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. [281], On 3 June, Corporal Michael John Pike, aged 25, of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, died after receiving a gunshot wound to the head whilst operating a gun on Jackal vehicle in the Lashkar gah district of Helmand Province. 293 UK personnel were categorised as Very Seriously Injured from all causes excluding disease. The soldiers then recovered their wounded and dropped back to attend to them and await the assistance of the medical Quick Reaction Force (QRF). British forces had been in the country since 2001 when they were sent as part of a coalition tasked with intervening in Afghanistan to find the leaders of al-Qaeda after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Major Birchall was travelling in a Jackal (MWMIK) which was the second vehicle in a group of three which were involved in a routine patrol to deliver supplies and check on his men in the checkpoints around Basharan. [196], On 16 March, Pte James Grigg, aged 21, from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, serving with Household Cavalry Regiment Battle Group, died in an explosion while on patrol north of Musa Qala in Helmand province. [206], On 26 May, Gunner Zak Cusack, aged 20, from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, died in a shooting while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province. At approximately 1100 hours local time, the soldiers were on a routine foot patrol 1 km west of their Forward Operating Base in the Upper Sangin Valley when their patrol suffered a suicide explosive device. [61] A local interpreter was also killed and two other soldiers were injured. The wounded men were finally extracted by a Royal Air Force Chinook and US Pave Hawk which landed inside FOB Wishtan, however another soldier died from his wounds as he underwent surgery at Camp Bastion. Tpr Munday was driving a Jackal (MWMIK) wheeled reconnaissance vehicle on a routine patrol approximately 23 km north of Forward Operating Base Delhi in Helmand province, Afghanistan when it detonated a contact triggered explosive device. [220], On 23 June, L/Cpl David Andrew Ramsden, aged 26, from 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, died in a vehicle accident with three other soldiers while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province. The United Kingdom was one of the first countries to take part in Operation Enduring Freedom against the Taliban regime in autumn 2001. Nato and the US also send more troops… [250], On 18 September, Sgt Andrew Jones, aged 35, from the Royal Engineers attached to Fondouk Squadron, the Queen's Royal Lancers, died in an explosion in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province. Lance Corporal Ford died when elements of 45 Commando Royal Marines were engaged in a deliberate offensive operation to the south of Garmsir in southern Helmand, Afghanistan. Another soldier was wounded in the incident and received treatment for his wounds at the UK Field Hospital at Camp Bastion. The three men were taking part in a foot patrol near Sangin in Helmand province when Lance Corporal James Fullarton, who was the Section Commander was badly hurt by a roadside bomb. [115] His family were with him when he died. 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