THORNTON, John David
Lieut. 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. Despite the best efforts of the medical team, both sadly died as a result of their wounds.
He joined the Royal Marines on 31 August 2004 and upon completion of Commando training his first appointment was an attachment as a Platoon Commander with the 1st Battalion The Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry, with whom he deployed to Iraq, serving with distinction during Op TELIC 8. He was subsequently appointed to serve with 40 Commando in January 2007.