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MEAD, Nigel Dean

Mne Nigel Mead 42 Commando
Marine Nigel Mead, Lima Company, was fatally injured in an improvised explosive device blast during a cordon and search operation, partnered with the Afghan National Security Forces, of compounds suspected of being associated with improvised explosive device facilitation in the Loy Mandeh wadi in the Nad ‘Ali district of Helmand province.

MERCHANT, Jeremy Mark

Captain Jeremy Mark Merchant was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2001 to 31st March 2002 [1].
On the 14th May 1991 it was announced that Corporal (now Acting Sergeant) Jeremy Mark Merchant, Royal Marines, P038781S, had received a MiD in record of distinguished service in Northern Ireland [2].
Promoted Major 12 October 2004 [3].

MESSENGER, Gordon Kenneth

General Gordon Kenneth Messenger, C.B. D.S.O. O.B.E., was appointed K.C.B. on 11 June 2016 [1].
  • 16 May 2016 promoted General and to be Vice Chief of the Defence Staff and Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty The QUEEN [2].
  • Appointed C.B. 13 June 2015 [3].
  • Bar to D.S.O. in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan [4].

MORGAN, Huw Lloyd

Major Huw Morgan was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan [1].
30 June 2014 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
[1] London Gazette Supp. 60283, page 18623 published 28 September 2012.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 60939, page 14199.


Cpl Damian Mulvihill 40 Commando
Corporal Damian Mulvihill died whilst taking part in a joint ISAF - ANA patrol engaged in operations near Sangin. The marines of Alpha Company were conducting a clearance patrol to deter Taliban intimidation of local Afghans. It was during this action that an Improvised Explosive Device was detonated, which sadly killed Corporal Mulvihill instantly. He died leading his section and the Company from the front.


Marine Steven Nethery 45 Commando
Marine Steven Nethery was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during operations in Afghanistan.
London Gazette Supp. 59182, page 15640.
[Image] M.O.D.

NORRIS, Paul Andrew

Sergeant Paul Norris received the Queen's Commendation for Bravery in recognition of gallant and distinguished services at sea during the period 11th to 25th May 2007 [1].
He was later awarded the M.C., in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [2].

O'CONNOR, David George

Corporal David George O'Connor

Corporal David O’Connor, 'Charlie' Company, died whilst serving as part of Transition Support Unit Nahr-e Saraj. He was participating in a patrol to conduct low level training with the Afghan Local Police. While en route to conduct that training, the patrol came under small arms fire near the village of Char Kutsa. As a result of the engagement Corporal O’Connor was fatally injured. Also killed was Corporal Channing Day who served in 3 Medical Regiment. [Source:  MOD]


Acting Lieutenant Colonel Simon O'Herlihy was appointed M.B.E., (Military Division), in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2010 to 31st March 2011 [1].
  • 30 June 2011 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
[1] London Gazette Supp. 59924, page 18713.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 59860, page 14180.

O'SULLIVAN, David Alan Anthony

Marine David O'Sulllivan RM
Marine David O'Sullivan, a veteran of Afghanistan, died from a drug overdose.
Ian Smith, Senior Coroner for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, concluded David died from a "drug-related death on a background of PTSD after military service and for which due to a number of failings he did not receive treatment".
[Source: AFM ROH / Daily Mirror and other online media reporting of Coroners Inquest.]


Marine Gary Ogden received a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008.

PICKUP, Richard Alan

Col Richard Pickup SBS

Colonel Richard Pickup died suddenly whilst posted as a defence advisor in Pretoria South Africa.

Richard Allan Pickup joined the Royal Marines in 1983 after university and was awarded the Sword of Honour at the CTCRM. After operational deployments to Northern Ireland and training in the Arctic, he was selected for Special Forces training and joined the SBS, later commanding the unit from 2000 until 2004 when he was appointed commander of the UK Forces in Kosovo. 

He also led the task force which spearheaded the British campaign in Afghanistan.

REDDY, Benjamin

Mne. Benjamin Reddy 42 Commando

Marine Benjamin Reddy, 'K' Company, died when his unit came under enemy fire during a deliberate clearance operation in the Kajaki area of Helmand Province.  He joined the Royal Marines on 18 April 2005 and deployed with K Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in September 2006. [Source: MOD]

RICHARDS, Robert Martin

LCpl Robert Martin Richards RM
Lance Corporal Robert Richards was serving as Second-in-Command of a Viking All-Terrain Vehicle Section in 3rd Armoured Support Troop of the Armoured Support Group Royal Marines (ASGRM) when he was mortally wounded in the Nad e-Ali district of central Helmand, Afghanistan, on 22nd May 2009.  He was evacuated to the UK but despite the best efforts of medical staff and his own extraordinary fight he died of his wounds on 27 May 2009. 

SALZANO, Gerard Mark

Major Gerard Salzano was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in June 2000 [1]
Promoted Lt. Col. and then Colonel, he also received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service twice:
  • in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2001 to 31st March 2002 [2].
  • in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2007 to 31st March 2008 [3].

SEATH, David Bernard

Captain David Seath died of a cardiac arrest whilst taking part in the 2016 London Marathon. He was a fire support team commander for 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, based in Plymouth.

David Seath completed two master's degrees at the University of Aberdeen before attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2009. He was commissioned Lieutenant on the 14th August 2010 with seniority from 11 February 2009. Captain Seath served in Afghanistan in 2012.

SMITH, Darren James

Mne Darren Smith 45 Commando
Marine Darren Smith, 'X Ray' Company, was based in Forward Operating Base Nolay in southern Sangin. He was wounded in an ambush by Taliban fire and despite the efforts of his colleagues, he tragically died of his wounds en-route to the medical facilities at Camp Bastion. He had joined X-ray Company in July 2008 immediately after completing Royal Marines Commando Recruit Training. [Source: MOD].

SMITH, Michael

Warrant Officer Michael Smith died from injuries sustained when a grenade was fired at the UK base in Sangin, Helmand Province. He had served in the military for almost 22 years and during that service had deployed on operations to Northern Ireland, Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan, some of them on more than one occasion, as well as on exercises to Brunei, Canada, Kenya, France and Norway.

SPARKS, Georgie

Mne Sparks 42 Commando

Marine Georgie Sparks died during operations in Afghanistan. He and Marine Tony Evans, both of J Company, had been conducting a foot patrol to the north-west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. Marines Sparks and Evans had moved on to the roof of a compound when, at around 0900 hours, there was an attack by insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and they were badly wounded. Both received immediate medical attention and were moved to a secure location before being put on a helicopter to be transferred back to Camp Bastion.

STANSFIELD, Christian John

Marine Christian Stansfield, RMR Merseyside, collapsed and died of natural causes during a training mission in Norway. Christian joined the Royal Marines at the age of 17 and had served three tours of duty in Northern Ireland as well as a spell in Afghanistan.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Blackpool Gazette online report dated 16 Jan 2004.]

STEPHENS, Seth Vincent Scott

Cpl Seth Stephens CGC
Corporal Seph Stephens died during operations in Southern Afghanistan. He was hit by enemy small arms fire while he was protecting and inspiring his British and Afghan comrades. He made a conscious decision to move to provide more effective covering fire. Moving along what was a very exposed position while under accurate fire, increased the risk to him significantly. This act of selfless bravery, which almost certainly saved the lives of his comrades, was recognised by the posthumous award of the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

SUMMERS, Scott Gordon

Mne Scott Summers 42 Commando

Marine Scott Summers died in a traffic accident that occurred on the 4th February after he had volunteered to drive in a routine convoy in Helmand province. He received initial treatment in Afghanistan before being transported back to a specialist unit in the UK where he died on the 21st February.  He joined the Royal Marines in January 2005 and deployed to Afghanistan in October 2006, and had been driving a Pinzgauer vehicle when the accident happened. [Source: MOD].


Sgt Luke Taylor RM
Sergeant Luke Taylor RM was attached to the Adjutant General's Corps, serving as part of Task Force Helmand when he was shot and killed at the main entrance to Lashkar Gah Main Operating Base in Helmand province.

TAYLOR, Scott Gregory

Mne Scott Taylor 40 Commando
Marine Scott Taylor, Alpha Company, died as a result of an explosion which occurred when he and Alpha Company were conducting a foot patrol to help reassure the local population and to increase security within the area around Sangin.

THOMPSON, John Thomas

Corporal John Thompson 42 Commando
Corporal John Thompson was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan in 2007 (1].
In 2003 as a Marine, he had received a MiD in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on operations in Iraq In 2003 [2].
[1] London Gazette Supp. 58396, page 10411.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 57100, page 6.
[Image] M.O.D.

THORNTON, John David

Lieut. John Thornton 40 Commando
Lieutenant John Thornton, Charlie Company, was conducting a patrol in the vicinity of Kajaki, Helmand province, accompanied by Marine David Marsh, when the vehicle they were travelling in was caught in an explosion. Medical treatment was provided prior to both being evacuated to the field hospital at Camp Bastion.

TOMLINSON, Matthew Robert

Acting Colour Sergeant Matthew Tomlinson was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Iraq In 2005 [1].

Warrant Officer Class 2 Tomlinson, C.G.C., was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan in 2009 [2].

TURNER, Robert

Corporal Robert Turner was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st October 2009 to 31st March 2010.
London Gazette Supp. 59554, page 18536.

TWIST, Martin Thomas

Major Martin Twist was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, conferred by the President of the United States of America, in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Afghanistan and Iraq [1].
30 June 2015 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].

WALKER, Stephen

Cpl. Stephen Walker 40 Commando
Corporal Stephen Walker died in an explosion that happened near Patrol Base Almas, in Sangin, Helmand province. He was conducting a joint foot patrol with the Afghan National Army to reassure and improve the security for the local population in the area when the incident took place.


Mne Paul Warren 40 Commando
Marine Paul Warren, Charlie Company, was injured in an explosion when Patrol Base Airport Lounge was attacked by insurgents. Despite being given immediate first aid by his comrades, Marine Warren’s injuries proved to be fatal.
Paul Warren  joined the Royal Marines on 22 May 2006, and on completion of recruit training was drafted to 45 Commando Royal Marines, based in Arbroath, Scotland, joining on 26 June 2007. 

WATSON, Richard John

Mne. Richard Watson 42 Commando
Marine Richard Watson died during operations in Afghanistan. Elements from the UK Task Force were patrolling to the north of Now Zad, a district in the North of Helmand, when they came under attack from Taliban forces. During the contact Marine Watson was hit by small arms fire and fatally wounded. An emergency quick reaction helicopter along with a full medical team was immediately dispatched to Now Zad. Marine Watson was then evacuated to the UK hospital at Camp Bastion, where he was sadly pronounced dead.

WESTON, Barry John

Sgt Barry Weston 42 Commando
Sergeant Barry Weston was fatally injured by an improvised explosive device while leading a patrol operating near the village of Sukmanda in southern Nahr-e Saraj district Helmand province. The patrol was participating in an operation to draw insurgents away from the civilian population in order to disrupt their activity and further expand the influence of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. 

WHATLEY, Benjamin Mark Lawson

LCpl Ben Whatley 42 Commando
Lance Corporal Benjamin Whatley died in Nad-E-Ali district, central Helmand, while Lima Company was conducting an operation to clear enemy forces from the north of the district. Leading his men from the front, Lance Corporal Whatley was killed by enemy fire during a prolonged and fierce battle with insurgents.

WIGLEY, Jonathan

Mne Jonathan Wigley 45 Commando
Marine Jonathan Wigley died as a result of injuries sustained while on an Afghan and UK Task Force force operation on the outskirts of the village of Garmsir, to dislodge Taliban forces who had been responsible for attacks on the town in recent days. He was airlifted to a UK hospital in Camp Bastion, where he sadly later died from his wounds.

WINDALL, Joseph David

Mne Joseph Windall RM

Marine Joseph Windall died following the crash of a RAF Nimrod MR2 aircraft in Afghanistan. 

He joined the Royal Marines in November 2002, completing his training in June 2003. After a short period of time working at RM Stonehouse, Plymouth, he successfully completed a Signaller Class 3 course enabling him to be employed as a communicator in all parts of the Corps. Since completing this course Marine Windall had been busy deploying all around the world for training exercises and operational tours. [Sources: AFM ROH / MOD].


Cpl dan Winter 45 Commando

Corporal Danny Winter died in an explosion while taking part in a joint operation with a Danish Battle Group and the Afghan National Army north east of Gereshk in central Helmand. He was a member of a fire support team that was engaged in an operation to clear compounds in a known Taliban stronghold. Also killed was Captain Tom Sawyer of 29 Commando Regiment RA. 


Mne. Gary Wright 45 Commando
Marine Gary Wright died as a result of injuries sustained when a suicide-borne improvised explosive device detonated next to the vehicle in which he was patrolling in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

WRIGHT, James Robert

Mne James Wright 42 Commando
Marine James Wright, Juliet Company, died during operations as part of Combined Force Nad ‘Ali (North), Helmand. His patrol was involved in a significant engagement with insurgents in the Shpazh Gerebian area of Nad ‘Ali district. After being pinned down by accurate fire for several hours, the patrol managed to extract themselves back to their base at Checkpoint Kamiabi. The checkpoint then came under attack from small arms fire and underslung grenade launchers. Marine Wright was wounded by a grenade which was fired into the checkpoint.


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