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Roll of Honour

Since the formation of The Rifles, riflemen have had to make the ultimate sacrifice and give their lives in the line of duty.  Many more have been injured. So that we will never forget the sacrifice they made for Queen, Country and Regiment they are commemorated here.




Lieutenant Andrew Robert Chesterman from 3rd Battalion The Rifles was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday 9 August 2012.

Lieutenant Chesterman was commanding a vehicle patrol in the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand province when the lead vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. As he moved forward to take control of the situation the patrol was engaged by insurgent small arms fire and Lieutenant Chesterman was shot.









Rifleman Sheldon Steel, from 5th Battalion The Rifles, was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 27 November 2011.

Rifleman Steel was taking part in a foot patrol to disrupt insurgent freedom of movement and to reassure the local population in Babaji, in the Lashkar Gah district, which is in the Nahr-e Saraj (South) area of operations, when he was caught in the blast from an improvised explosive device (IED). He was airlifted to the field hospital at Camp Bastion where he was declared killed in action.






Lance Corporal Peter Eustace from 2nd Battalion The Rifles was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday 16 November 2011.

Lance Corporal Peter Eustace, 2 RIFLES, deployed to Afghanistan as a mortar fire controller with Delhi Company of 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (1 YORKS), attached to Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (North) in Helmand province.

He was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) on 16 November 2011 while conducting a joint patrol with his Company and the Afghan National Army.





Lance Corporal Jonathan James McKinlay, of B Company, 1st Battalion The Rifles, was killed in Afghanistan on 14 September 2011.

Lance Corporal McKinlay deployed to Afghanistan as a battle casualty replacement in June 2011, having recently qualified as a Bravo Mortar Fire Controller. He was based in Checkpoint Chaabak in the Nahr-e Saraj (South) district of Helmand province.

He was killed by a burst of small arms fire on Wednesday, 14 September 2011, while on patrol with his team and members of the Afghan Uniform Police in a village near to his checkpoint.






Lieutenant Daniel John Clack, from 1st Battalion The Rifles, was killed in Afghanistan on 12 August 2011.

Lieutenant Clack was killed while leading a ten-man patrol into the village of Dactran to speak to the local nationals and discuss a shura due to take place the next day.

 










Corporal Mark Anthony Palin killed was killed in Afghanistan on Monday 18 July 2011.

On the morning of 18 July 2011, whilst guiding a patrol, he was killed by an improvised explosive device. He was on an operation to clear and exploit a cache of nearly complete improvised explosive device components that had been discovered late the night before.









Rifleman Martin Jon Lamb 1 RIFLES was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 5 June 2011.

On the afternoon of 5 June 2011, Rfn Lamb was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) while on a patrol in the Haji Kareen area of the Nahr-e Saraj (South) district.









Colour Serjeant Kevin Charles Fortuna 1 RIFLES was killed in Afghanistan on Monday 23 May 2011.

In the early evening of Monday 23 May 2011, Colour Serjeant Fortuna was leading a patrol to disrupt enemy forces when he was killed by an improvised explosive device in the Sayedabad Kalay area of the Nahr-e Saraj (South) district of Helmand province.








Major James Joshua Bowman, RIFLES, serving with 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday 13 July 2010.

Major Bowman, serving as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (South), was killed in a suspected premeditated attack by a member of the Afghan National Army.








Rifleman Mark Turner 3 RIFLES was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 4 April 2010.

Rifleman Turner was killed as a result of an explosion that happened while he was on a foot patrol against insurgents near Forward Operating Base Zeebrugge, in the Kajaki area of Helmand Province.








Rifleman Daniel Holkham 3 RIFLES was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday 27 March 2010.

Rfn Holkham, aged 19, died in an explosion that was caused by a suicide bomber, who detonated a device near to the Sangin Bazaar.

"The loss of our son Danny has left an enormous hole in our lives and that of his brothers and friends that can never again be filled. His captivating laugh, mesmerising eyes and his zest for life will never be forgotten. He served his country faithfully and with the greatest of pride stood shoulder to shoulder with his friends and colleagues." Rest In Peace Danny Boy.
All our love Mum, Dad, Matthew, Andrew, family and friends.




Serjeant Steven Campbell 3 RIFLES was killed in Afghanistan on Monday 22 March 2010.

Serjeant Campbell, aged 30, was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was patrolling with his platoon around 3km south of Sangin district centre.








Corporal Stephen Thompson 1 RIFLES - serving as part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group, was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 7 March 2010.

Corporal Thompson died as a result of an explosion in an area 3km south of Sangin district centre, Helmand province.



Stephen will be in the hearts and minds of all who knew him, and loved him, forever. We miss him every day. Parents, Peter and Carol Thompson.




Lance Corporal Tom Keogh 4 RIFLES - part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group, was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 7 March 2010.

Lance Corporal Keogh was killed by a gunshot wound during a small arms engagement in Sangin, Helmand province. He was in Patrol Base Bariolai when he was killed.








Rifleman Liam Maughan 3 RIFLES - killed in Afghanistan Saturday 6th March 2010.

Rifleman Maughan died from wounds received as a result of small arms fire which occurred near Sangin, in Helmand province, during the morning of Saturday 6 March 2010.










Rifleman Jonathon Allott 3 RIFLES -  killed in Afghanistan Friday 5 March 2010.

Rifleman Allott died from wounds received as a result of an explosion which occurred near Sangin, in Helmand province, during the morning of Friday 5 March 2010.



Forever in our Hearts, True Hero, True Friend. Mother, Andrea Johnson.









Corporal Richard Green 3 RIFLES - killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday 2 March 2010.

Corporal Green died as a result of small arms fire near Sangin in Helmand province.



'Never mourn a man's death in combat, but thank God for making such a man'. Father, Christopher Green.




Rifleman Carlo Apolis of 4th Battalion The Rifles (4 RIFLES), serving as part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group - killed in Afghanistan on 1 March 2010.

Rifleman Apolis was killed by a gunshot wound resulting from small arms fire in Sangin, Helmand province. He was on a foot patrol about 700 metres east of Patrol Base Blenheim, taking part in a wider operation conducted by the 3 RIFLES Battle Group to expand security around the district centre.






Rifleman Martin Kinggett 4 RIFLES serving with the 3 RIFLES Battle Group - Afghanistan Thursday 25 February 2010.

Rifleman Kinggett was killed by a gun shot wound in Sangin, Helmand Province.  He was on a routine foot patrol, part of a larger operation to provide security for the local population in Sangin. During the patrol he and his comrades were required to provide covering fire for the evacuation of an injured colleague and Rifleman Kinggett was shot and killed.






Rifleman Mark Marshall of 6 RIFLES  serving with 3 RIFLES - Afghanistan Sunday 14 February 2010

Rifleman Mark Marshall was killed when an IED detonated while he was on a routine foot patrol providing reassurance and security to the local population near Forward Operating Base Inkerman to the north east of Sangin in Helmand province







Lance Corporal Daniel Cooper of 3 RIFLES - Afghanistan on Sunday 24th January 2010

Lance Corporal Cooper died from wounds received as a result of an explosion near Sangin, in Helmand province, during the morning of 24 January 2010.








Rifleman Peter Aldridge of 4 RIFLES - Afghanistan on Friday 22 January 2010.

Rifleman Aldridge, a soldier from A Company, 4 RIFLES, serving as part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group, was killed by an explosion near Sangin in Helmand province. He was on a foot patrol, part of a larger operation to provide security for the local population in Sangin, when the explosion happened.




'You earned your right as an Englishman, your place in this world'. Swift & Bold forever.
Love always - Mum, Dad and Matthew.



Corporal Lee Brownson CGC of 3 RIFLES - Afghanistan on Friday 15 January 2010.

Corporal Lee Brownson was killed as a result of an IED explosion while on patrol near Sangin, in Helmand Province.









Rifleman Luke Farmer of 3 RIFLES - Afghanistan on Friday 15 January 2010.

Rifleman Luke Farmer was killed as a result of an IED explosion while on patrol near Sangin, in Helmand Province.









Rifleman Aidan Howell of 3 RIFLES - Afghanistan Monday 28th December 2009.

Rifleman Howell was killed as a result of an explosion that happened near Forward Operating Base Zeebrugge, in the Kajaki area of Helmand Province, during the afternoon of 28 D ecember 2009. He had been on patrol when an improvised explosive device detonated.


"Aidan was a son to be proud of and a friend to everyone who knew him.  He was charming and kind, friendly and helpful and had wanted to be a soldier since he was 12.  He loved Leeds United and playing football with his mates.  He had a gift of making people laugh and was the life and soul of every night out.  He leaves a big hole in our family and his friends lives.  He may be gone but he will never be forgotten, a true hero, loved and missed so much.  R.I.P. Aidan, forever young."
Mother, Christine Howell.




Lance Corporal Christopher Roney 3 RIFLES - Afghanistan Tuesday 22 December 2009. 

Lance Corporal Roney died of his wounds following an engagement in Sangin, Northern Helmand, Afghanistan. At the time, his platoon was working out of Patrol Base Almas, providing security, reassurance and freedom of movement for the local population in support of the Government of Afghanistan. 






Lance Corporal David Leslie Kirkness 3 RIFLES - Afghanistan Tuesday 15 December 2009

Lance Corporal Kirkness was killed following a suicide improvised explosive device blast on a route into central Sangin, northern Helmand, Afghanistan.








Rifleman James Stephen Brown 3 RIFLES - Afghanistan on Tuesday 15 December 2009

Following a suicide improvised explosive device blast on a route into central Sangin, northern Helmand, Afghanistan. Rifleman Brown died on his way to hospital in Camp Bastion from injuries sustained in the incident.

A true hero -  loved by everyone he will never be forgotton. Father, Steve Brown.





Rifleman Andrew Fentiman 7 RIFLES - Afghanistan 15 November 2009

Rifleman Andrew Ian Fentiman of 7 RIFLES Rifleman Andrew Fentiman was killed as a result of small arms fire whilst on a foot patrol near Sangin in central Helmand province during the morning of 15 November 2009.  He was serving with 3 RIFLES at the time.

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Rifleman Samuel Bassett 4 RIFLES - Afghanistan 8 November 2009

Rifleman Bassett, from 1 Platoon, A Company, 4th Battalion The Rifles, died in hospital following an improvised explosive device explosion in the area of Sangin, northern Helmand. He was serving as part of 3rd Battalion The Rifles (3 RIFLES) Battle Group.







Rifleman Philip Allen 2 RIFLES - Afghanistan 9 November 2009

Rifleman Philip Allen from 2nd Battalion The Rifles (2 RIFLES) was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday 7 November 2009. Rifleman Allen was killed following the detonation of an improvised explosive device near Sangin in central Helmand province. He was serving with A Coy 4 RIFLES attached to 3 RIFLES at the time. 






Serjeant Phillip Scott 3 RIFLES - Afghanistan 5 November 2009

Serjeant Phillip Scott of 3rd Battalion The Rifles (3 RIFLES) was killed in Afghanistan yesterday, Thursday 5 November 2009. Serjeant Scott died following an improvised explosive device explosion in northern Helmand province.







 Serjeant McGrath 2 RIFLES - Afghanistan 16 September 2009

Acting Serjeant McGrath was killed as a result of an explosion in Gereshk district, Helmand province, on the afternoon of 16 September 2009, dying from his wounds before he could be extracted to hospital.







Serjeant Paul McAleese 2 RIFLES - Afghanistan 20 August 2009

Serjeant Paul McAleese was killed by an IED whilst leading a foot patrol in Sangin district, Helmand province.









Rifleman Daniel Wild 2 RIFLES - Afghanistan 13 August 2009

Rifleman Daniel Wild was killed near Forward Operating Base Jackson in Sangin, Afghanistan, on Thursday 13 August 2009.









Captain Mark Hale QCVS 2 RIFLES - Afghanistan 13 August 2009

Captain Mark Hale died in hospital at Camp Bastion on 13 August 2009 after being caught in an IED (improvised explosive device) blast helping an injured soldier to safety whilst on patrol near Sangin.






Rifleman Aminiasi Toge 2 RIFLES - Afghanistan 16 July 2009. 

Rifleman Toge was killed as a result of an explosion that happened whilst he was conducting a foot patrol close to Forward Operating Base KEENAN, near Gereshk in central Helmand Province.








 Corporal Jonathan Horne 2 RIFLES - Afghanistan 10 July 2009

Corporal Jonathan Horne was killed in action near Forward Operating Base Wishtan in Sangin, Helmand province.


We are all so proud of you, we love you and miss you so much, life is simply not the same without you, you were the best Jay and you will forever be in our thoughts and hearts. His widow, Rachel Horne.





 Rifleman William Aldridge 2 RIFLES - Afghanistan 10 July 2009

Rifleman William Aldridge was killed in action near Forward Operating Base Wishtan in Sangin, Helmand province.









 Rifleman Joseph Murphy 2 RIFLES - Afghanistan 10 July 2009

 Rifleman Joseph Murphy was killed in action near Forward Operating Base Wishtan in Sangin, Helmand province.







Rifleman Daniel Simpson 2 RIFLES - Afghanistan 10 July 2009

Rifleman Daniel Simpson was killed in action near Forward Operating Base Wishtan in Sangin, Helmand province.


A much missed Rifleman who made us all so very proud. A tribute to his family, his regiment and his friends especially those of 9 Platoon 'C' Coy 2 RIFLES (Op Herrick).

A truly 'one off' man with a unique and inspirational character once met never forgotten!

Your Spirit lives on Dan inside your 'little man' Alfie.
His parents, Robert and Debra Simpson.



We should all hold anybody who is prepared to answer the call of their country in the highest esteem. Whether they served at D.Day the Falklands, Iraq or Afghanistan.

I am sure that your son had to conquer his own fears to allow him to play his part in operations.

The fact he was able to do so and remain focused and professional marks him apart from other men.

Many people go through life and not face such a challenge and thus are left wondering how they would have reacted.

Your son faced his challenge head on and this in my mind makes him a true 'hero'.
From a letter sent to the family.




Rifleman James Backhouse 2 RIFLES - Afghanistan 10 July 2009

Rifleman James Backhouse was killed in action near Forward Operating Base Wishtan in Sangin, Helmand province.









Rifleman Daniel Hume 4 RIFLES - Afghanistan 9 July 2009

 Rifleman Daniel Hume was killed in a contact explosion whilst on a foot patrol near Nad e-Ali, Helmand province.


"Rifleman Daniel Hume pass out of Catterick as top recruit in April 2009 and since joining the Army he was the happiest we had known him.  He had truly found his place in the world.  He believed in what the British Army was trying to achieve.  He was proud to serve his country and was planning to move Battalion when he returned so that he could guarantee a speedy return to Afghanistan.  We have lost a son and a best friend and his death has left a huge void in our lives.  We are fiercely proud of him and what he achieved within his lifetime.  His legacy is to help others injured in conflict, live theirs to the full."
Mother, Wendy Hume.




Lieutenant Paul Mervis 2 RILES - Afghanistan 12 June 2009

 Lieutenant Paul Mervis was killed as a result of an explosion during a deliberate operation near Sangin, northern Helmand province, Afghanistan, on the morning of 12 June 2009.








Rifleman Cyrus Thatcher 2 RIFLES - Afghanistan 2 June 2009

 Rifleman Thatcher was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday 2 June 2009.  Rifleman Thatcher died as a result of an explosion whilst he was on a patrol near Gereshk in Helmand province.








Rifleman Adrian Sheldon 2 RIFLES - Afghanistan 7 May 2009

Rifleman Sheldon was killed in Afghanistan on the evening of Thursday 7 May 2009 as a result of an explosion when travelling in a Jackal vehicle near Sangin in Helmand province.


A flower may die,
The sun may set,
A Son like you we will never forget,
Adrian your name is precious which will never grow old,
It is engraved in our hearts in letters of gold,

Your very proud, honoured and privileged
Parents Diane & Mark & loving Sister Amy Sheldon.







Corporal Tom Gaden 1 RIFLES - Afghanistan 25 February 2009

Corporal Tom Gaden was killed in action on Wednesday 25 February 2009 when the vehicle in which he and two other Riflemen of his Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT) were travelling was struck by an IED (improvised explosive device) on the highway east of Gereshk. He was on patrol with his OMLT with whom he had been operating since January 2009.





Lance Corporal Paul 'Uppers' Upton 1 RIFLES - Afghanistan 25 February 2009

Acting Lance Corporal Paul Upton was killed in action when the vehicle in which he and two other Riflemen of his OMLT were travelling was struck by an IED on the highway east of Gereshk on Wednesday 25 February 2009. He was on patrol with his OMLT with whom he had been operating since April 2008.


 




"Paul to our ever loving son and brother you're not in sight but you are always in mind swift and bold. "
His parents, Pete and Christine and brother Peter.





Rifleman Jamie Gunn 1 RIFLES - Afghanistan 25 February 2009

Rifleman Jamie Gunn was killed in action when the vehicle in which he and two other Riflemen of his OMLT were travelling was struck by an IED on the highway east of Gereshk on Wednesday 25 February 2009. He was on patrol with his OMLT with whom he had been operating since April 2008.

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Lance Corporal Stephen Kingscott 1 RIFLES - Afghanistan 16 February 2009

Lance Corporal Kingscott died during the assault of an enemy position during a deliberate operation against insurgents in the Nawa district of Helmand province.








Corporal Daniel Nield 1 RIFLES - Afghanistan 30 January 2009

Corporal Nield was killed as a result of an explosion, believed to have been caused by a Rocket Propelled Grenade, during a contact with enemy forces during a deliberate operation north of Musa Qaleh in Helmand province. He was deployed as the Forward Air Controller (FAC) in a Fire Support Team (FST) of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery. They were attached to an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT) from his own unit, S Company, 1st Battalion, The Rifles, working alongside the troops of the Afghan National Army (ANA).







Acting Corporal Richard Robinson 1 RIFLES - Afghanistan 17 January 2009

Acting Corporal Richard (Robbo) Robinson died as a result of enemy fire during an ambush north of Sangin District Centre while on a patrol to dominate ground with his Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT) and the Afghan National Army (ANA) platoon with whom he had been operating since September 2008.

A beautiful son and the best of brothers. Always courageous, loyal and loving. His parents Janet and Ken Robinson.









Serjeant Chris Reed 6 RIFLES - Afghanistan 1 January 2009

Serjeant Chris Reed of 6th Battalion The Rifles (6 RIFLES) was killed in action in the Garmsir District of Helmand Province. Serjeant Reed was attached to C Company of the 1st Battalion The Rifles (1 RIFLES) Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT) Battle Group and was Second in Command of his team of 8 Riflemen working alongside their Afghan National Army (ANA) counterparts. The OMLTs assist and teach the ANA in all aspects of military operations. Serjeant Reed was killed by an improvised explosive device whilst conducting a vehicle patrol alongside the ANA in the desert of Helmand.

 

Serjeant Christopher John Reed of 6th Battalion the Rifles was a very talented and highly professional Non Commissioned Officer who instilled trust and respect from all who came into contact with him. A highly experienced Territorial Army soldier from Plymouth.

A leader of men who would inspire and only saw the best in everything and everyone.  In Christopher’s civilian career he built Luxury Super-yachts in the Dockyard at Plymouth. A much loved son never forgotten held in our hearts forever. His father, Brian Reed.



Rifleman Stuart Nash 1 RIFLES - Afghanistan 17 December 2008

Rifleman Stuart Nash, aged 21, from Australia, was killed in action during combat in Zarghun Kalay, Nad e Ali District, Helmand province. He was wounded as he was covering comrades from a compound rooftop while working as part of the 1 RIFLES Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT) Battle Group. His fellow riflemen administered first aid and he was evacuated by a Medical Emergency Response Team helicopter, but subsequently died of his wounds.





Rifleman Edward Vakabua 4 RIFLES - Iraq 6th July 2007

Rifleman Edward Vakabua, aged 23, from Nailuva Road in Suva, Fiji, was serving in Mortar Platoon attached to 7 Platoon, B Company, 4th Battalion The Rifles.  His death was as a result of an accident that took place at the Basra Palace base in Basra City, southern Iraq.    






Corporal John Rigby 4 RIFLES - Iraq 22nd June 2007

Corporal Rigby, aged 24, from Rye, died from injuries sustained by a roadside bomb attack in Basra.  He made a judgement that someone had to expose themselves and be ready to engage enemy gunmen and bombers in order to protect the vehicle and its driver and commander, and it is typical of his courage, selflessness and leadership that he chose to do it himself instead of ordering one of his beloved Riflemen to do so.




Major Paul Harding 4 RIFLES - Iraq 20th June 2007

Major Harding, aged 48, died as a result of an indirect fire attack on the Provincial Joint Coordination Centre in Basra in the early hours of the morning, local time. With his death, The RIFLES lost one of its most senior, long-serving and admired Riflemen, and the country lost a veteran soldier of deep personal integrity, professional excellence, wisdom, experience and simple decency.  








The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
Is yours

The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours

A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause

For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours
And yours.

'The Life That I Have' by Leo Marks on Christmas Eve 1943, chosen by his widow Paula.




Corporal Rodney Wilson 4 RIFLES - Iraq 7th June 2007

Corporal Wilson, aged 30, was killed in the Al Atiyah district, north west of Basra City at about 0220 hours. His patrol was part of a search and detention operation led by 2nd Battalion The Royal Welch when they came under attack from small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades.  The patrol took casualties and, despite the heavy fire, Corporal Wilson stepped in to evacuate one of the wounded when he himself was hit.


"No father could ask for a finer son; he was more brave than I could possibly contemplate, I`m more humble than he could ever have imagined". Father, Richard Wilson.




Corporal Jeremy Brookes 4 RIFLES - Iraq 21st May 2007

Corporal Brookes, aged 28, died as a result of injuries sustained from a small arms fire attack on his patrol in Basra City. He was commanding a Bulldog Armoured Vehicle involved in escorting a routine re-supply convoy in the Al Tuwaysa district of the city at approximately 1530 Local Time when the attack happened.  Despite his colleagues' best efforts to provide first aid and evacuate him to Basra Palace, he sadly died from his injuries.

Jez, sorely missed by all your family and friends, RIP. Mother, Sarah Brookes-Tetley.




Rifleman Paul Donnachie 2 RIFLES - Iraq 29th April 2007

Rifleman Donnachie, aged 18, died from his injuries as a result of a shooting during a routine patrol in the Al Ashar district of Basra City at 0930hrs.  He and other members of his patrol were taking part in an escorting patrol for a police training team. It was while Rifleman Donnachie was dismounted and checking part of the patrol's route that he was shot. Rifleman Donnachie was immediately evacuated to Basra Palace, but sadly he subsequently died from his injuries.




Rifleman Aaron Lincoln 2 RIFLES - Iraq 2nd April 2007

Rifleman Lincoln,18, died as a result of injuries sustained during a security patrol close to Basra Palace, in Iraq.  During the course of the patrol a gunman opened fire and during the 'follow up', Rifleman Lincoln was hit by small arms fire.   He was immediately evacuated to Basra Palace and then to the field hospital at Basra Air Station for further medical treatment, but sadly he died of his injuries.


To know we never said goodbye will always bring regret,
The memory of that tragic day we will never forget,
Threre's a corner in our hearts especially kept for you,
As long as life and memory last we will love and remember you.
His parents Peter and Karen and Sister Donna.




Rifleman Daniel Lee Coffey 2 RIFLES - Iraq 27th February 2007

Rifleman Coffey, 21, died as a result of injuries sustained during a patrol in north Basra. He was returning to his base at the Shatt-Al-Arab Hotel after taking part in a task mentoring the Iraqi Police Service when his patrol was ambushed by two gunmen.   Rifleman Coffey was on top cover providing protection for the patrol vehicles when he came under small arms fire attack from the gunmen.







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