is with very deep regret that the Ministry of Defence
has to confirm that Captain David Martyn Jones of 1st
Battalion, The Queen's Lancashire Regiment, was killed
on 14 August in a bomb attack on a military ambulance
29, Captain Jones came from Louth in Lincolnshire and
was married. He had been working on civil-military cooperation
projects in Basrah to reconstruct the city after the
years of neglect and repression under Saddam.
Jones joined the Army in December 1991 as a soldier
in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He quickly rose to
the rank of Corporal and was selected as a potential
officer. He began officer training at the Royal Military
Academy Sandhurst in September 1998 and was commissioned
into the Royal Artillery the following August, serving
with 22 Regiment Royal Artillery. In March 2001 he volunteered,
with several of his soldiers, to accompany the 1st Battalion,
The Queen's Lancashire Regiment, on a six month operational
tour in Northern Ireland, and transferred to the Regiment
in July 2001. He was appointed Second in Command of
a Rifle Company, first in South Armagh, then, from September
2001, at Catterick. In 2002, the Battalion conducted
intensive operational training, including exercises
on Salisbury Plain and in Canada at the British Army
Training Unit Suffield. Captain Jones attended a number
of infantry officer training courses, including that
for Sniper Instructors and the NATO instructors for
Fighting in Built Up Areas, gaining a distinction on
January 2003, he volunteered to deploy to the Gulf on
Operation Telic, serving as a civil-military
liaison officer, his duties including overseeing the
distribution of humanitarian aid, improving local infrastructure
and helping the Iraqi communities establish local councils.
After a period of leave in the UK in May, he returned
to Iraq with the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, again
undertaking civil-military liaison duties with an infantry
company based in Basrah.
Jones was a professional, enthusiastic and out-going
officer who cared deeply about the soldiers he commanded
and always looked to learn new skills to improve his
ability as an infantry officer. He thoroughly enjoyed
soldiering and was a willing volunteer for courses and
operational deployments. He possessed a superb sense
of humour, which endeared him to his fellow officers
and soldiers. Physically fit, he was a talented sportsman,
excelling at Rugby Union and a valued member of the
Battalion Rugby League team. During his Army career,
he had served in Botswana, Kenya, the United States,
Canada, and on operations in Cyprus, Northern Ireland
Colonel Jorge Mendonca, his Commanding Officer, said:
Jones was a courageous, warm hearted and very popular
officer who will be sorely missed. The Battalion's
thoughts are very much with his family, and especially
his wife Izzy."
wife Isobel said:
am extremely proud of Dai. He was a wonderful husband
who served his country with great courage."
parents, Mr and Mrs Myers, added:
daughter Isobel and Dai were married on July 13, 2002.
It was the most perfect day. He was a beautiful person
both inside and out. His kindness, warmth and generosity
of spirit touched everyone he met.
were immensely happy. Our family are finding his loss
very hard to bear, but take some consolation in the
knowledge that he died doing the job he loved, in
the service of his country."
Darren Howell, a close friend, said:
was a loyal friend and a loving husband to Issy. He
was due to be my best man; his loss is deeply felt
by my fiancée and I."
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