HARRISON, Matthew Thomas
Mne. Harrison, Charlie Company, was part of a patrol conducting a joint reassurance patrol with the local Afghan National Army, south of Patrol Base Seylab Doo. At 1805 hrs local time, the patrol was engaged with small arms fire. Marine Harrison was mortally wounded in the attack. He was evacuated to Camp Bastion Role Three Hospital where he died of his wounds.
Matthew Harrison joined the Royal Marines on 16 February 2009, aged 22. Impressing from the outset, Mne Harrison was awarded a diamond in recognition of being one of the top recruits. Passing for duty as a Royal Marines Commando on 30 October 2009, he was awarded the King’s Badge. The King’s Badge is awarded to the best all-round recruit of the most senior Recruit Troop in training, only if he is worthy of the award. On completion of training he joined 40 Commando Royal Marines (40 Cdo RM), based at Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton. Joining Charlie Company in November 2009, Mne Harrison immediately conducted Mission Specific Training for Operation HERRICK 12. In April 2010, he deployed to Afghanistan and was based at Forward Operating Base Sabit Qadam.