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CECIL, John

CSgt. John Cecil

Colour Sergeant John Cecil,  UK Landing Force Command Support Group, died in a helicopter crash.

At around midnight GMT on Friday 21 March 2003, a US Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter crashed south of the Kuwait border with US and UK personnel aboard; there were no survivors. Eight personnel from 3 Commando Brigade died in the accident, along with four US aircrew. [Source: MOD]

HOLDER, Daniel

Marine Daniel Holder, RM Reserve, was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America in recognition of meritorious, gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Iraq.

HUSSEY, Stephen John

Major Stephen Hussey was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) 16 June 2007 [1].
  • Acting Lt. Col. Hussey, M.B.E. received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in Iraq in 2008 [2].
  • 1 April 2014 promoted Colonel [3].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 58358, page B4.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 58999, page 4086.
[3] London Gazette Supp. 60852, page 8442.

    HYLTON, Jason

    Marine Jason Hylton was attached to 539 Assault Squadron RM, and was killed along with others in an attack on a Multi-National Forces boat patrol on the Shatt Al-Arab waterway.

    They were; Warrant Officer Class 2 Lee Hopkins, Royal Corps of Signals, Staff Sergeant Sharron Elliott of the Intelligence Corps, Corporal Ben Nowak of 45 Commando Royal Marines and Marine Jason Hylton of 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines.

    LOVELOCK, Richard Benjamin

    Lieutenant Colonel Richard Lovelock was awarded the Bronze Star conferred by the President of the United States of America in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Iraq.
     
    Source
    London Gazette Supp. 58633, page 3619 (7 March 2008).
     

    MADDISON, Christopher Richard

    Mne Chris Maddison 3 Commando Bde

    Marine Christopher Maddison, 9 Assault Sqn. RM, died of shrapnel wounds after his landing craft came under fire on a river patrol near Basra last March. An initial investigation by the Royal Military Police blamed his death on an Iraqi ambush, but a Royal Navy board of inquiry concluded that he had been killed by fire from his own side.

    PHILLIPS, Mark Christopher

    Acting Major Mark Phillips was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field in 2004 [1].
    • 30 June 2010 promoted Lieutenant Colonel [2].
    • Died after a short illness aged 56yrs having retired from the Service [3].
    Sources
    [1] London Gazette Supp. 57588, page 3376.

    PLANK, Ian

    Corporal Ian Plank, a Swimmer Canoeist with the S.B.S.,  was killed by hostile fire during a Coalition operation in Iraq.  [Sources: AFM ROH / MOD / email Jase]
     

    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.
     

    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].

    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

    VAN DER HORST, Richard Evert

    Lieutenant Colonel Richard Evert van der Horst OBE, Officer Commanding the Special Boat Service, died in a diving accident during an amphibious exercise off Norway on March 7 2005; he died on March 14. 
     
    • 1984 joined the Royal Marines as a university cadet entrant and passed out in 1988 with the Sword of Honour.
    • 1988 appointed to 45 Commando Group and commanded a rifle troop and a mortar troop with operational tours in Northern Ireland and Iraq, and deployments to Norway and the Carribean.

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