is with very deep regret that the Ministry of Defence
has to confirm that a British soldier died on 23 September
whilst serving at Shaibah near Basrah. The tragic incident,
involving a firearm, was not the result of enemy action
and the circumstances are being fully investigated by
the Royal Military Police.
John Nightingale, aged 32, came from Leeds and was a
Territorial Army soldier with 217 Transport Squadron,
part of 150 Regiment (Volunteers) of the Royal Logistic
Corps. He was serving in Iraq with 27 Regiment RLC,
at Shaibah Logistic Base.
Nightingale was born in Harrogate and worked in the
electronics industry. His family remember him as a passionate
Rugby player, who had played Prop for the First XV at
Otley RFU. His other interests included cars and motorbikes.
Proud to serve Queen and Country in the Territorial
Army, he was a veteran of three tours of duty on peace-keeping
operations in the Balkans. He was engaged to Lucy, a
Non-Commissioned Officer in the Royal Air Force.
thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very
difficult time and the media are strongly urged to respect
Col John Bevan, Commanding Officer of 27 Composite Logistic
Support Regiment, has paid the following tribute:
John Nightingale was a good man, a strong character
and excellent senior Non-Commissioned Officer who
had an impact on the working and social lives of many
in the unit during our tour here in Iraq. He will
be missed by all of us.
death has come as a terrible shock for all in the
Regiment and especially for those in his Squadron
that knew him well. He was a popular character, well
regarded by those who met and worked with him and
his loss will be felt throughout the Regiment.
deployed with his Transport Troop from 150 Regiment
RLC, to form part of 27 Composite Logistic Support
Regiment here in Iraq and was responsible for the
management and administration of a Troop distributing
supplies throughout Iraq. He will be missed not only
by those of us in Theatre but also by his comrades
in 150 Regiment, his friends at work and by his close
family and friends. Our thoughts are with his family
and loved ones during this time.
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