After getting back from the Great Manchester Run yesterday I was eagerly ready to update the news pages with photos and anecdotes from the race, but after reading the news, I didn’t feel it right to talk with such jubilation about the race, following such sadness that had occurred elsewhere.
It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that a Royal Marine from 42 Commando Royal Marines was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 15 May 2011.
The marine was killed by an Improvised Explosive Device while involved in an operation to search a compound in the Loy Mandeh Wadi area of the Nad-e Ali (North) District of Helmand Province.
Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel Tim Purbrick, said:
“It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of a Royal Marine from 42 Commando Royal Marines. The Royal Marine was involved in an operation which was investigating suspected insurgent activity in a number of compounds in the Loy Mandeh Wadi area of the Nad-e Ali district in Helmand Province when he was fatally injured by an Improvised Explosive Device early this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Sarah, a very good friend of mine, called me yesterday afternoon in a panicked state asking which Commando Group my brother was part of – luckily I said he’s in 45 and not to worry. But while this marine was not my brother, he was still someone’s brother & son, and the news serves as a harsh reminder of the horrors faced by our guys & girls out on the front line.
My heart goes out to the family & friends of this brave, courageous and very special Royal Marine.
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