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Factsheet

Operations in Iraq: British Fatalities

It is with very deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the following fatalities suffered during Operation TELIC.

Operations in Iraq

A total of 179 British Armed Forces personnel or MOD civilians have died serving on Operation TELIC since the start of the campaign in March 2003.

Of these, 136 were killed as a result of hostile action.

43 are known to have died either as a result of illness, non-combat injuries or accidents, or have not yet officially been assigned a cause of death pending the outcome of an investigation.

The balance of these figures may change as inquests are concluded. A more detailed breakdown of fatalities and casualties can be found here.


Private Ryan Wrathall from 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment died at Basra's Contingency Operating Base on Thursday 12 February 2009.


Corporal Lee Churcher serving with 20th Armoured Brigade died at Basra's Contingency Operating Base on Thursday 11 December 2008.


Lance Corporal David Kenneth Wilson serving with 9 Regiment Army Air Corps died at Basra's Contingency Operating Base on Thursday 4 December 2008.



Sergeant Duane 'Baz' Barwood, attached to 903 Expeditionary Air Wing, Royal Air Force died as a result of a rocket attack on the Contingency Operating Base in Basra on Friday 29 February 2008.


Guardsman Stephen Ferguson 1st Battalion Scots Guards, aged 31, from Lanarkshire, died in Selly Oak Hospital in the UK from injuries sustained in a non-battle incident near the Contingency Operating Base in Basra.


Two service personnel were killed when an RAF Puma helicopter crashed near Baghdad on Tuesday 20 November 2007.


Lance Corporal Sarah Holmes, from 29 Postal Courier and Movement Regiment and serving on Operation TELIC attached to 3 Logistic Support Regiment died in the UK on 14 October 2007 from injuries that she sustained in a road traffic accident in Al Udeid, Qatar, on 3 October 2007.


Sergeant Mark Stansfield of 32 Close Support Squadron, UK Logistic Battalion died on Friday 21 September 2007 in the UK, from injuries sustained in Iraq on 19 September 2007.


Sergeant Eddie Collins from the Parachute Regiment was killed in Iraq on Wednesday 5 September 2007.


It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of Lance Sergeant Chris Casey and Lance Corporal Kirk Redpath of 1st Battalion, Irish Guards in southern Iraq on Thursday 9 August 2007.


Leading Aircraftman Martin Beard of No 1 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment, was killed in Basra, southern Iraq on Tuesday 7 August 2007.


Private Craig Barber of 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh died after coming under attack from small arms fire in the Al Fursi district of Basra City on Monday 6 August 2007.


Corporal Steve Edwards 2nd Royal Tank Regiment was killed when his Warrior Armoured Vehicle was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device during a patrol in Basra City on Tuesday 31 July 2007.


Lance Corporal Timothy Darren Flowers from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers died as a result of an indirect fire attack on the Basra Palace base in Basra City on Saturday 21 July 2007.


Senior Aircraftman Matthew Caulwell, Senior Aircraftman Christopher Dunsmore and Senior Aircraftman Peter McFerran were killed when their base in southern Iraq came under rocket attack on Thursday 19 July 2007.


Corporal Christopher Read, of 158 Provost Company, 3rd Regiment Royal Military Police, died as a result of injuries that he sustained during a large scale operation in the early hours of the morning, Saturday 7 July 2007.


Lance Corporal Ryan Francis 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh died during a large scale operation in Basra City in the early hours of the morning, Saturday 7 July 2007.


Rifleman Edward Vakabua, aged 23, from 4th Battalion The Rifles died at the Basra Palace base in Basra City, southern Iraq on Friday 6 July 2007.


Three soldiers died in Basra, southern Iraq following a roadside bomb attack on the morning of Thursday 28 June 2007.


Corporal John Rigby 4th Battalion The Rifles, aged 24, from Rye, died from injuries sustained by a roadside bomb attack in Basra on Friday 22 June 2007.


Major Paul Harding 4th Battalion The Rifles killed in Iraq died as a result of an indirect fire attack on the Provincial Joint Coordination Centre in Basra in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday 20 June 2007.


Lance Corporal James Cartwright of Badger Squadron, 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, died following a vehicle accident in Southern Iraq at around 0100hrs on the morning of 16 June 2007.


Corporal Rodney Wilson, from 4th Battalion The Rifles, was killed during a search and detention operation in the Al Atiyah district, north west of Basra City on Thursday 7 June 2007


Corporal Jeremy Brookes, 4th Battalion The Rifles was killed in a small arms fire attack whilst on a routine patrol in the Al Tuwaysa district of Basra City on Monday 21 May 2007.


Private Kevin Thompson, Royal Logistic Corps, was very seriously injured when a vehicle he was travelling on in Basra was struck by an improvised explosive device attack. He was flown back to the UK but sadly died from his injuries on Sunday 6 May 2007.


Major Nick Bateson, Royal Corps of Signals, was killed in a road traffic accident in Basra, southern Iraq, on Tuesday 1 May 2007.


Rifleman Paul Donnachie, 2nd Battalion The Rifles (2 RIFLES) was killed in a small arms fire attack whilst on a routine patrol in the Al Ashar district, east of central Basra, on Sunday 29 April 2007.


Kingsman Alan Joseph Jones, from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, died when his Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle Platoon came under small arms fire on Monday 23 April 2007.


Corporal Ben Leaning and Trooper Kristen Turton, both of the The Queen's Royal Lancers were killed when their Scimitar Armoured Reconnaissance vehicle was hit by an IED in Maysan Province, Southern Iraq, on Thursday 19 April 2007.


Colour Sergeant M L Powell, of the Parachute Regiment, and Sergeant Mark J McLaren, RAF, were killed when two Puma helicopters crashed in Iraq on Sunday 15 April 2007.


Four British servicemen and women, and a local civilian interpreter, were killed in a roadside bomb attack west of Basra on 5 April 2007.


Rifleman Aaron Lincoln, of the 2nd Battalion, The Rifles died as a result of injuries sustained during a patrol in Basra City, Iraq on Monday 2 April 2007.


Kingsman Wilson, aged 28, of the 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, died as a result of injuries sustained during a patrol in Basra City on 1 April 2007.


Private Johnathon Dany Wysoczan, First Battalion The Staffordshire Regiment, died in the UK on Saturday 3 March 2007 from injuries sustained during a patrol in Basra, Iraq.


Rifleman Daniel Lee Coffey, C Company, Second Battalion The Rifles, died as a result of injuries sustained during a patrol in north Basra, Iraq on Tuesday 27 February 2007.


Private Luke Daniel Simpson, 1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, died on Friday 9 February 2007 as a result of injuries sustained when the vehicle he was driving was hit by a roadside bomb.


Second Lieutenant Jonathan Bracho-Cooke, 24, of 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment died on Monday 5 February 2007 as a result of injuries sustained by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack against his patrol in the As Sarraji District of Basra City.


Private Michael Tench, aged 18, of A Company, 2nd Battalion The Light Infantry, died on Sunday 21 January 2007, as a result of injuries sustained from an Improvised Explosive Device placed at a roadside in Basrah City, Southern Iraq.


Kingsman Alexander William Green was killed in Iraq on Saturday 13 January 2007. He died as a result of injuries sustained earlier in the morning when shot by small arms fire whilst on a task in the Hayy Al Muhandisn District of Basra City.


Sergeant Wayne Rees, from The Queen's Royal Lancers died following a road traffic accident in southern Iraq on Sunday 7 January 2007.


Click HERE to see the list of UK Military and Civilian personnnel killed on operations in Iraq between the start of combat operations and 31 December 2006.

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