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LEWIS, Ross

Marine Ross Lewis was awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan in 2014.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 61284, page 12288.
 

LIMB, Thomas James

Captain Thomas Limb received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013.
 
Source
London Gazette Supp. 60647, page 19571.
 

LUCAS, Alexander James

Mne Alexander Lucas 45 Commando
Marine Alexander Lucas died of wounds received in an IED explosion.  He was a specialist Royal Marine Assault Engineer and his role within Victor Company placed him at the vanguard of troop action. With his specialist skills he provided intimate engineer support to the front line of the fighting troops. As a consequence, he was often the first man into dangerous situations and vulnerable areas, clearing the way for his colleagues to follow.

MACKIE, Jason Robert Frederick

Mne Jason Mackie ASGRM

Marine Jason Mackie was supporting IX Company of the Welsh Guards when his vehicle struck an explosive device in the Basharan area of central Helmand, Afghanistan. The explosion killed Marine Mackie instantly and also injured his crew mate. At the time of his death Marine Mackie was serving as a Viking All-Terrain Vehicle Operator in 3rd Armoured Support Troop (AST) of the Armoured Support Group, Royal Marines (ASGRM).

MACKIN, Travis

Mne Travis Mackin 3 Commando Bde

Marine Travis Mackin, Communications Squadron, United Kingdom Landing Force Command Support Group, died in an ied explosion in Kajaki, northern Helmand province, during a joint patrol with Victor Company, 45 Commando Group Royal Marines, and the Afghan National Security Forces.  

MALONE, Bradley

Marine, Acting Corporal, Bradley Malone CGC
Acting Corporal Bradley Malone was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2008 to 31 March 2009.
 
Sources
London Gazette issue 59182, page 15640.
Errata London Gazette issue 59211, Notice ID: L-59211-943737.
[Image] M.O.D.
 

MANUEL, John Henry

Sgt. John Manuel

Sergeant John Manuel died whilst deployed on operations with X-Ray Company, 45 Commando Group, Royal Marines. The company was conducting an operation alongside Afghan National Army troops to dominate areas posing a dangerous threat to British forces and the local Afghan population. Whilst acting as the commander of the Quick Reaction Force in support of a company operation, Sergeant Manuel was killed by a suspected suicide bomber.

MARSH, David John

Mne David Marsh 40 Commando
Marine David Marsh, Charlie Company, was conducting a patrol in the vicinity of Kajaki, Helmand province, accompanied by Lieut. John Thornton, 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. Despite the best efforts of the medical team, both sadly died as a result of their wounds.
 

MCCORMICK, Samuel Joseph

Corporal Samuel Joseph McCormick received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan [1].
  • Awarded the Military Cross (rank Sergeant) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan [2].
  • Appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) (rank Colour Sergeant) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [3].

MCDOUGALL, Ian

Sergeant Ian McDougall 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].
 

MCKIBBEN, Robert Joseph

Mne Robert McKibben
Marine Robert McKibben died in an explosion in the Garmsir District of southern Helmand, at 1647 hrs local time, while operating as part of Task Force Helmand's Information Exploitation Group. He was taking part in a routine joint patrol with soldiers from the Afghan National Security Forces when his Jackal vehicle was struck by an explosive device. He joined the Royal Marines at the age of 27 and, after completing Command

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].
 
Sources

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].

MOORHOUSE, Edward James

Lieutenant Colonel Edward Moorhouse was awarded the Bronze Star  Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device (Bronze "V") conferred by the President of the United States of America in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished service during coalition oper

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].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 60283, page 18623 published 28 September 2012.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 60939, page 14199.
 

MULVIHILL, Damian

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.
 

NETHERY, Steven

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.
 
Sources
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]

O'HERLIHY, Simon

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].
Source
[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.]
 

OGDEN, Gary

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].

SCOTT, Stephen

Colour Sergeant Stephen Scott was appointed M.B. E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Afghanistan during the period 1st April 2011 to 30th September 2011. 

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, S.B.S., 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.
 
Sources

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].

TAYLOR, Luke

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, Martin Kenneth

Lieutenant Martin Taylor O.B.E., was awarded the Bronze Star  Medal conferred by the President of the United States of America in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished service during coalition operations in Afghanistan.

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].
 
Sources
[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.
 
Source
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].
 
Sources

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.
 

WARREN, Paul

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. 
 

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