is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has
to confirm the death of Staff Sergeant Chris Muir from
the Army School of Ammunition, Royal Logistic Corps,
based at Kineton. Aged 32, Staff Sergeant Muir was killed
during an explosive ordnance disposal operation in southern
Iraq on 31 March. He came from Romsey in Hampshire,
and was married with a son.
wife Gillian, has released the following statement:
was the sort of person that could light up a room
just by being in it. He had a fantastic sense of humour
and always tried to see the funny side, no matter
what the situation. Judging by the amount of phone
calls, cards and visits I have had, he will be missed
by his colleagues, all of whom I know he regarded
as great friends.
know that Chris was very proud to wear the badge of
an Ammunition Technician, and I take small comfort
from the knowledge that he died doing the job that
has left me and our families with the most fantastic
of memories, the greatest one being our son, Ben,
who can grow up knowing that his father was a good,
honest, hardworking soldier, who died trying to do
the right thing.
will be greatly missed by all who had the honour to
have met him."
Colonel Mike Dolamore MBE, his Commanding Officer said:
Sergeant Muir joined the Royal Army Ordnance Corps
at Deepcut in 1988. He carried out his trade training
at the Army School of Ammunition, and qualified as
an Ammunition Technician in 1989. On amalgamation
in 1993, Chris became a member of the Royal Logistic
his service in the Royal Logistic Corps, Chris travelled
extensively, often in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal
area, where he had trained and qualified at the highest
level. In view of his expertise, he had most recently
been employed as an Instructor back at the Army School
of Ammunition at Kineton, Warwickshire. His skills,
drive and determination as an individual and a soldier
ensured his quick promotion to Staff Sergeant and
recent selection for promotion to Warrant Officer.
It is a particularly sad fact that we will not see
him wearing the new rank he so richly deserved.
was an enthusiastic sportsman, who enjoyed a wide
range of team sports. He was a particularly keen motorcyclist
always willing to introduce sport riding to others,
imparting his own specialist knee-down skills to any
will be remembered for his rich sense of humour and
his sharp and clever wit. He was a very strong character,
an outstanding technician, and a highly effective
leader. Most of all, however, Chris was a gentleman
through and through. This thoroughly professional
soldier will be sorely missed by all in his Corps,
and especially by all past and present members of
of us at the Army School of Ammunition send out deepest
sympathies to his wife Gill, son Ben, and all his
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