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Operation TELIC: British Casualties and Fatalities
It is with very deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has to confirm the following fatalities suffered during operations:
Gdsm Wakefield died in the early hours of 2 May 2005 as a result of wounds sustained during a patrol in the town of Al Amarah, Southern Iraq.
A British soldier was found dead in his accommodation at Basrah Air Station on 28 March 2005. An investigation is underway, and his death is not thought to have been the result of hostile action.
An RAF C-130K Hercules crashed 30 kilometres north-west of Baghdad on 30 January 2005 at approximately 1635 local time. The aircraft was on a flight between Baghdad International Airport and Balad airbase. Ten UK Service personnel are missing believed killed; nine from the Royal Air Force and one from the Army. Their repatriation to RAF Lyneham commenced on the afternoon of 7 February, being flown out from Basrah with full honours.
The Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP, said on 31 January 2005:
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, who is the Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Lyneham, paid a private visit to the station on 1 February to express her condolences to members of 47 Squadron and the Engineering Wing, and speak with personnel who are providing support to the bereaved families.
A British soldier was found dead from a gunshot wound at Shaibah Logistic Base on 26 December 2004. Hostile action is not thought to be responsible. The Royal Military Police investigation continues, but initial inquiries do not suggest suspicious circumstances.
A Royal Navy senior rate died, apparently from natural causes, aboard HMS Chatham on 17 December 2004 whilst on patrol in the Gulf. It should be noted that HMS Chatham was not assigned to Operation Telic at this time, although she was deployed on operational duty in the Gulf.
At 1830 local on 8 November 2004, a Warrior armoured vehicle from the Black Watch Battle Group was hit by a roadside bomb north of Camp Dogwood. The Warrior left the road, its wheels destroyed on one side, and one soldier was killed and two others injured - neither seriously. The injured men were taken by a US helicopter medevac team to a military hospital in Baghdad; and the damaged Warrior was subsequently recovered to Camp Dogwood.
Three British soldiers were killed, and others injured, in a suicide car-bomb attack on a vehicle check-point within the Black Watch area of operations on 4 November 2004. An Iraqi interpreter was also killed, and eight soldiers were wounded.
Lieutenant-Colonel James Cowan, commanding the 1st Battalion The Black Watch, said at Camp Dogwood on 5 November:
Major Lindsay MacDuff, the Officer Commanding the Battalion's Rear Party at Warminster, said on 5 November:
A British soldier was found dead at a military base in Basrah on the morning of 31 October 2004. The investigation into the death is ongoing, but it is not believed to be the result of any hostile act.
A soldier from The Black Watch died, and a further three suffered minor injuries and shock, in a road traffic accident in North Babil province on 29 October 2004.
Two British soldiers died following the ambush of a military convoy south-west of Basrah on 28 September 2004. An armoured Land Rover was badly damaged, and as troops sought to extract the casualties, they came under small arms fire.
A British soldier died in a road traffic accident near Al Amarah on 10 September 2004.
A British soldier was killed in an exchange of fire with insurgents in Basrah on 17 August 2004.
A British soldier was killed and another seriously injured by an improvised explosive device attack in Basrah on 12 August 2004.
A soldier was killed, and several others were injured, in an attack on British vehicles in Basrah on 9 August 2004.
A British soldier was killed in an accident at Al Amarah on 4 August 2004.
A British airman was killed when an RAF Puma helicopter suffered an accident at Basrah International Airport on 19 July 2004.
A British soldier was killed, and two injured, in an improvised explosive device attack on British vehicles in Basrah on the morning of 28 June 2004.
A British soldier was fatally injured in a vehicle accident at Shaibah Logistics Base on the morning of 12 February 2004.
A soldier died in a tragic accident in Basrah on 31 January 2004.
A British soldier was killed, and another injured, in a road traffic accident at Al Amarah on 21 January 2004.
A British Serviceman died following a tragic incident on a training range near Basrah on the morning of 7 January 2004.
Two British soldiers were killed in a road traffic accident in Baghdad early on 1 January 2004.
A British Serviceman was killed in a road traffic accident in Basrah on 6 November.
A Royal Marines NCO was killed by hostile fire during an operation on 31 October.
A Territorial Army soldier died in a tragic incident on 23 September whilst serving at Shaibah near Basrah.
A British soldier was killed and another wounded in an incident in Ali As Sharqi in southern Iraq on 27 August 2003.
Three soldiers from the Royal Military Police were killed, and one seriously wounded, during an incident in central Basrah on the morning of 23 August.
The senior RMP officer serving in Basrah, Lieutenant Colonel Bill Warren, said:
Brigadier Maurice Nugent, the Provost Marshal for the British Army and professional head of the Royal Military Police, said on 24 August:
A British serviceman was killed, and two wounded, during a bomb attack on a military ambulance in Basrah on 14 August.
A Territorial Army soldier died on 13 August in southern Iraq. The cause of his death is under investigation but was not the result of hostile action.
An Army officer collapsed and died on 18 July in southern Iraq.
Six Royal Military Policemen were killed in an incident at Al Majar Al Kabir on 24 June. The Defence Secretary, Geoff Hoon MP, updated the House of Commons on 2 July on the information available concerning this incident, and another in the same area which resulted in Service personnel sustaining wounds.
The six Royal Military Policemen who died were:
The commanding officer of 156 Provost Company, Major Bryn Parry-Jones, said:
A civilian member of the Defence Fire Service died in hospital in the UK on 22 May, having fallen ill in the Gulf.
An RAF Policeman died in Kuwait on 19 May, believed to be from natural causes.
An RAF Regiment Gunner died in hospital in the UK on 8 May, following injuries sustained in a traffic accident in Iraq.
A soldier from 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, died in an accident in Iraq on 6 May.
A British soldier was killed in an explosion in southern Iraq on 30 April.
A soldier was killed in action in Basrah on 6 April.
In a separate incident, two other soldiers were killed in action in Basrah later the same day.
A soldier was killed in an accident involving a light armoured vehicle on 1 April. An officer died in hospital in the UK on 22 April from injuries sustained in the accident.
A soldier was killed in southern Iraq on 31 March during an explosive ordnance disposal operation.
A soldier was killed in a road traffic accident in Kuwait on 30 March.
A Royal Marine was killed in action during fighting in the area of Basrah on 30 March.
On 30 March, a Royal Marine officer died of natural causes.
A British soldier was killed in an incident involving light armoured vehicles of D Squadron, The Blues & Royals, on 28 March. Four others were injured. The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated.
The soldier killed was:
On 25 March, two soldiers from the Queen's Royal Lancers were killed when their Challenger 2 tank was accidentally hit by another Challenger 2 during a period of multiple engagements with Iraqi enemy forces. The two men have been named as:
On 24 March, a soldier from 1st Battalion The Black Watch was killed in action near Al Zubayr.
soldier was killed in action near Az Zubayr near Basrah on
Two British soldiers were reported missing, later confirmed as killed, after an attack on British military vehicles in southern Iraq on 23 March.
On 23 March, an RAF GR4 Tornado aircraft from RAF Marham, which was returning from an operational mission, was engaged near the Kuwaiti border by a Patriot missile battery. Both aircrew were killed.
The Military Aircraft Accident Summary reporting the investigation of this fatal incident was published on 14 May 2004. Click here for a direct link to the MAAS report.
At around 0130 GMT on 22 March, two Royal Navy Sea King Mk 7 Airborne Early Warning helicopters collided over the northern Arabian Gulf. There were no survivors from the six British and one US crew members aboard. The incident was not the result of enemy action.
The Commanding Officer of 849 Squadron asked for this letter to be published in response to all the messages of condolence received:
At around midnight GMT on 21 March, 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.
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