[303], On 26 April, Captain Thomas Clarke, aged 30, Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, aged 29, Warrant Officer Class 2 Spencer Faulkner, aged 38, Corporal James Walters, aged 36 and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, aged 26, died in a Lynx helicopter crash in Takhta Pul district within Kandahar Province. Five other soldiers were injured by small arms fire. As a result of this Pvt Hunt's head struck the vehicle and despite wearing his drivers protective helmet Pvt Hunt sustained a serious injury from which he never recovered consciousness. [179], On 13 February, L/Sgt Dave Greenhalgh, aged 25, from Grenadier Guards, 1st Battalion, died in an explosion while on patrol in the Nad Ali area in Helmand province. [123], Private Robert McLaren, from the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was killed near Kandahar on 11 June 2009 during a deliberate operation against insurgent fighters. On 22 December, Captain Tom Jennings, aged 29, Royal Marines, died after the vehicle he was travelling in struck an explosive device while on an operation to the south of Kabul. [235], On 21 July, L/Cpl Stephen Daniel Monkhouse, aged 28, from 1st Battalion, Scots Guards, shot and killed while on patrol near Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. [10], Corporal Darryl Gardiner, also serving with 4/73 battery Royal Artillery, but a member of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, aged 25 from Salisbury in Wiltshire, was taking part in an operation to disrupt enemy forces and reassure local Afghans on Sunday 20 January 2008 in southern Afghanistan, three kilometres north of Musa Qala district centre in Helmand Province. Despite the best efforts of his fellow Riflemen at the scene, the Medical Emergency Response Team and the staff at the Bastion Hospital, Lieutenant Chesterman could not be saved. The men were involved in a vehicle movement to the west of Garmsir in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan when the Jackal (MWMIK) they were travelling in was struck by an explosive device and destroyed, killing both men.[111]. [73], Warrant Officer Class 2 Dan Shirley of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps was killed while on a Logistic Patrol from Sangin to Camp Bastion when the vehicle he was travelling in rolled over on Friday 27 June 2008. Major Birchall was travelling in a Jackal (MWMIK) which was the second vehicle in a group of three which were involved in a routine patrol to deliver supplies and check on his men in the checkpoints around Basharan. [190], On 5 March, Rfn Jonathon Allott, aged 19, from 3rd Battalion, The Rifles, died in an explosion while on patrol in Sangin in Helmand province. There had been 243 British troops killed in Afghanistan since 2001. On 27 January, Lance Corporal Gajbahadur Gurung, aged 26, was serving with 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (North). It is thought that the boy did not know about the explosives in the wheelbarrow and was an unsuspecting victim of the blast. [283], On 5 June, Lance Corporal Martin Gill, aged 22, of 42 Commando Royal Marines, was fatally wounded in the neck and head whilst being the coverman for his colleagues who were conducting searches on locals in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand Province.[284]. The remainder are deployed elsewhere within Camp Bastion and in Kandahar and Kabul as part of the UK’s overall contribution. [99], Corporal Liam Elms, aged 26, from Zulu Company, 45 Commando, Royal Marines was killed by an explosion while taking part in a local area patrol alongside Afghan National Army troops on the afternoon of 31 December 2008 in the Sangin district, Helmand province, Afghanistan. Video, The poet, the queen and 120-year-old chocolate, Stranded at sea: Survivors' stories. The patrol received reports from locals that the Taliban were in the area but before they could take up defensive positions they received incoming fire, and the soldier sustained a single gunshot wound. Guardsman Roland deployed with his company on a three-day operation to disrupt insurgent activity in a contested area in the north of Nahr-e Saraj district. On 24 January, Signaller Ian Gerard Sartorius-Jones, aged 21, from 20th Armoured Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (200) at Forward Operating Base Khar Nikah in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. He had endured several operations by the time he had died and an autopsy revealed that his death was directly attributable to the wounds he sustained a year earlier. [149], Fusilier Shaun Bush, aged 24, of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers died at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak, on Tuesday 25 August 2009. Video, 'Irreparable damage': Italy's ski resorts deserted. Sergeant Barry Keen of 14 Signal Regiment was killed by a 107 mm rocket when it hit the compound near Hydarabad in southern Afghanistan on Friday 27 July 2007. The soldier was patrolling on foot in Musa Qala, Helmand, when he was caught in an explosion and died. After his death, his body was taken to Camp Bastion and was then repatriated to the United Kingdom. The number of coalition troops in Afghanistan grew to try to counter the insurgency. Taliban militants began to adopt the terror tactics of Iraqi insurgents. [43], Marine Scott Summers, age 23, of 42 Commando Royal Marines died on Wednesday 21 February 2007 as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic accident earlier that month in Afghanistan. [145], Private Richard Hunt, aged 21, from 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh died on Saturday 15 August 2009 from wounds sustained in Helmand province on 13 August 2009. Tragically, both men were killed in the resulting explosion. Lance Corporal Hill was on a deliberate operation near Garmsir in Helmand province when there was an explosion which killed him instantly. Corporal Guy was leading his section forward to assist a group of Afghan soldiers who were pinned down by enemy fire when he was fatally wounded. He received medical treatment at the scene; however he died of his wounds while being taken to the military hospital at Camp Bastion. The first contingent of foreign peacekeepers was made up of personnel from 18 countries. The group recruited new members in the Pashtun areas, and small training camps set up along the mountainous border. While on a foot patrol in Sangin district, Helmand province, on Saturday 15 August 2009 Fusilier Bush was attempting to rescue Sergeant Simon Valentine when there was a secondary explosion which seriously injured him. The Afghan National Army members of the patrol came under fire from insurgents and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers moved forwards to support them. [85], Trooper James 'Magpie' Munday, aged 21, from 1 Troop, D Squadron, the Household Cavalry Regiment was killed by an explosion, 15 October 2008. [252], On 25 September, Cpl Matthew Thomas, aged 24, from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, died in an explosion in the Garmsir region of Helmand Province. [245], On 13 August, Sapper Ishwor Gurung, aged 21, from 69 Gurkha Field Squadron, 21 Engineer Regiment Group, died after being shot in Nad Ali, Helmand Province. The soldiers died from wounds sustained as a result of their Snatch Land Rover being struck by an enemy IED during an escort operation in the Gereshk district of Helmand province. He was working on a construction task with other military engineers from his Troop, as part of the preparations to hand the camp over to Afghan security forces, when the Afghan soldier turned his weapon on ANA and ISAF soldiers at the base. The Taliban's use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) mainly targeting vehicles also increased, with 1,297 just in 2006. [9], Trooper Jack Sadler, aged 21, of the Honourable Artillery Company. [142], Corporal Kevin Mulligan, Lance Corporal Dale Thomas Hopkins and Private Kyle Adams were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday 6 August 2009. Pte Laws had been involved in a dismounted IED search team and had periodically been dismounting and remounting the vehicle as it stopped and started along a road. 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[204], On 3 May, L/Cpl Barry Buxton, aged 27, from 21 Engineer Regiment, died after a road collapsed causing his vehicle to roll into a canal in Nad Ali in Helmand province. [286], On 4 July, Highlander Scott McLaren, aged 20, of the 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, was found dead in Nahr-e-Saraj, central Helmand province. [7], Sergeant Lee Johnson of 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards). The men who were killed were members of the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) which was working in support of the company operation. [129], Lance Corporal David Dennis from Command Troop, The Light Dragoons was killed by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol as part of operation Panchai Palang on Saturday 4 July 2009. Thirty-nine troops died in 2006, compared with five between 2001 and 2005. Nato and the US also send more troops… According to reports, every year US and British troops earn between US$500–600 billion from Afghanistan, with only about US$2–3 billion returning back to the country. Private Bell had gone to the aid of another soldier who had stepped on an IED and had both of his legs blown off. Another soldier and an interpreter were injured in the explosion [1]. On 2 January, Rifleman Sachin Limbu, aged 23, of B Sari Bari Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Further details have not been disclosed. When crossing open ground they were engaged by enemy fire and during the engagement that followed Marine Laski was struck by a bullet. He was shot and killed while he was on sentry duty on a compound that had recently been secured as part of Operation Panchai Palang, near Char-e-Anjir, just outside Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province. [107], Rifleman Jamie Gunn, aged 21, Corporal Tom Gaden and Lance Corporal Paul Upton, all of 1st Battalion The Rifles, were killed in southern Afghanistan 25 February 2009. In 2006, British forces moved into Helmand province in the south, one of Afghanistan's most volatile regions. The United Kingdom was one of the first countries to take part in Operation Enduring Freedom against the Taliban regime in autumn 2001. This casualty brought the number of British soldiers killed in the conflict since 2001 to 244, including 107 in 2009.[165]. Around 7,000 U.S. troops might be withdrawn from Afghanistan. The men were conducting a routine patrol from FOB Wishtan when at approximately 0520 hrs a member of the patrol accidentally detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) which fatally wounded him and injured seven other members of the patrol. Captain Hale and Rifleman Wild then attempted to extract L/Bdr Hatton, but all three men were caught by another IED blast which resulted in their deaths. [193], On 7 March, L/Cpl Tom Keogh, aged 24, from A Company, 4th Battalion, The Rifles, part of the 3 Rifles Battle Group, died in a shooting while on patrol in the Sangin area in Helmand province. [180], On 14 February, Kingsman Sean Dawson, aged 19, from The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, 2nd Battalion, died after being shot by Afghan forces in an friendly fire incident in Musa Qala in Helmand province. [71] Corporal Sarah Bryant is the first woman soldier to be killed in the current operations in Afghanistan. [230], On 13 July, Lt Neal Turkington, aged 26, from 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, shot and killed by an Afghan soldier while on patrol near Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province. [75], Corporal Jason Stuart Barnes, aged 25, from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, attached to 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan, Tuesday 22 July 2008. [13], Corporal Damian Mulvihill, 40 Commando Royal Marines, aged 32 from Plymouth. Turkeys, potatoes and mince pies were among the festive food items flown in for the roughly 9,000 British troops deployed in Afghanistan. It was during this operation that his unit came under fire and Private Stone was fatally wounded. Note: Please add the correct ranks and titles to those fallen personnel below: Sergeant Matthew Telford, Corporal Steven Boote (RMP), Guardsman Jimmy Major, Warrant Officer Class 1 (RSM) Darren Chant and Corporal Nicholas Webster-Smith (RMP) from 1st Battalion, The Grenadier Guards were all killed by an Afghan soldier who was posing as a police officer at Nadi-e-Ali in Helmand Province on 3 November 2009. At the time of his death he was commanding an Improvised Explosive Device Disposal team, assigned to the Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, who were defusing confirmed IEDs. [273], On 9 March, Lance Corporal Stephen McKee, aged 27, of the 1st Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment died when the vehicle he was travelling in struck a roadside bomb. [76], Lance Corporal Kenneth Michael Rowe, aged 24, of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, attached to 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, died on Thursday 24 July 2008 on a routine patrol from Forward Operating Base Inkerman in the Sangin area of Helmand Province when the patrol came under enemy fire. On 4 May, Corporal Andrew Steven Roberts, aged 32, and Private Ratu Manasa Silibaravi, aged 33, were both of 23 Pioneer Regiment, The Royal Logistics Corps and attached to the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh Battle Group, serving as part of Combined Force Burma. [32], Marine Gary Wright, aged 22, serving with Reconnaissance Troop, 45 Commando Royal Marines, was killed along with two children on 19 October 2006 when a suicide bomber on foot detonated explosives next to the Snatch Land Rover in which Wright was travelling; one other Royal Marine was seriously injured. Lance Sergeant Tobie "Fas" Fasfous, aged 29, from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards was killed in southern Afghanistan, Tuesday 28 April 2009. [15], On 11 June, Captain Jim Philippson, aged 29, from 7 Parachute Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery, was killed in a gunbattle with suspected Taliban militants while he participated in a mobile patrol. They are being sent to a camp to advice Afghan forces still fighting the insurgency VideoFauci hopes to encourage others by getting vaccine. The increase in operations coincided with a sharp rise in the death toll. [278], On 15 May, Marine Nigel Dean Mead, aged 19, of 42 Commando Royal Marines, was fatally wounded by an explosion in Helmand province. Having completed their task and on leaving the compound, they were attacked by small arms fire and fatally wounded. He was fatally injured in the attack. Acting Serjeant Stuart McGrath, from 2nd Battalion The Rifles was killed as a result of an explosion that happened while on a foot patrol in the Gereshk district, central Helmand province, on the afternoon of 16 September 2009. The first three British casualties were non-hostile deaths in Kabul, from suicide, accidental weapons discharge and homicide. The soldiers were travelling in a Jackal (MWMIK) on an operation near Musa Qaleh when they were killed as a result of an explosion. On 9 August 2006, Private Leigh Reeves aged 25, from the Royal Logistic Corps, died in a road traffic accident at Camp Souter, Kabul. WO2 Upton was serving in Afghanistan as 2IC of Sangin's Police Mentoring Team. What happens to your body in extreme heat? [22] This resupply, codenamed Operation Snakebite, and Private Cutts' death, are detailed in the book Hellfire by Apache pilot Ed Macy. After difficult travel through the mountain passes, the British reached Kabul in April 1839. [60] Two other soldiers were injured in the action. A fierce firefight ensued, during which a small number of Taliban were killed. [61] A local interpreter was also killed and two other soldiers were injured. During a fighting patrol north west of Kajaki, in northern Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, 7 platoon came under determined and accurate fire from the Taliban. On 17 August, Guardsman Jamie Shadrake, aged 20, of the Reconnaissance Platoon, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, died of gunshot wounds when his checkpoint was attacked by insurgents in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.. On 7 September, Guardsman Karl Whittle, aged 22, from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards died in Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, died from gunshot wounds sustained when his checkpoint was attacked by insurgents in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on 14 August 2012. Fusilier Suesue was 28 years old and originally from Fiji. He had been in the Army for 10 years serving in Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Macedonia, Afghanistan and Iraq and was about to be promoted to platoon sergeant when he died. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}For 13 years, between 2001 and 2014, the UK was involved in the conflict in Afghanistan against the Taliban and fighters from al-Qaeda. [192], On 7 March, Cpl Stephen Thompson, aged 31, from 1st Battalion, The Rifles, serving with 3rd Battalion, The Rifles Battle Group, died in an explosion while on patrol in the Sangin area in Helmand province. British troop levels in Afghanistan have fallen by a fifth in recent months as the UK has shadowed Donald Trump's withdrawal, the Ministry of Defence has disclosed. [272], On 1 March, Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, aged 26, of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, 1st Military Working Dog Regiment, died after being engaged with small arms fire whilst on patrol. Three other British soldiers and one local national were also injured in the incident. In September 2015, the Taliban briefly captured the northern city of Kunduz in their most significant advance since being forced from power in 2001. Acting Corporal Marcin Wojtak from 34 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment was killed as a result of an explosion while commanding his vehicle in the desert to the south of Bastion Joint Operating Base on Thursday 1 October 2009. He was returning to base after he had successfully aided in the helicopter evacuation of a casualty who had been injured earlier near Kajaki in northern Helmand. By the end of 2001, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan had collapsed but an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) remained. [147], Lance Corporal James Fullarton, aged 24, Fusilier Simon Annis, aged 22, and Fusilier Louis Carter, aged 18, all of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers were killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 16 August 2009. [24], Corporal Bryan Budd, of the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, died in a gun battle with Taliban forces in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, on 20 August. [41] Subsequent investigation by the British MOD, and a review by a Board of Enquiry into the evidence collected, found that LCpl Ford was most likely a victim of 'Friendly fire'. He was part of a patrol operating in support of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team. On 15 September, Sergeant Gareth Thursby, aged 29, and Private Thomas Wroe, aged 18, both of 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (3 YORKS), were shot and fatally wounded by a rogue Afghan Local Policeman in Checkpoint Tora in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province. The UK's work in Afghanistan We have everything because of the assistance of our international mentors and advisors. [196], On 22 March, Sjt Steven Campbell, aged 30, from A Company, 3rd Battalion The Rifles, part of the 3 Rifles Battle Group, died in an explosion while on patrol in Sangin in Helmand province. [227], On 8 July, Bombardier Samuel Robinson, aged 31, from 5th Regiment Royal Artillery, died in an explosion while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province. Colour Sergeant Dura was taking part in a road move when the Warrior tracked armoured vehicle he was travelling in was hit by an improvised explosive device. Wounded militaries requiring artificial limbs or rehabilitation for other injuries were then sent to the special defence medical facility at Headley Court, near Dorking, Surrey. [90], Marine Tony Evans, aged 20, and Marine Georgie Sparks, aged 19, both of J Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, were killed in action northwest of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province at around 0900 hours on Thursday 27 November 2008. [269], On 9 February, Private Conrad Lewis, aged 22, of the 4th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment was killed by small arms fire when his patrol came under attack in the Nad-e-Ali district of Helmand Province. Two other soldiers were also injured as a result of the blast, one had his back broken. [230], On 13 July, Marine Matthew Harrison, aged 23, from Charlie Company, 40 Commando, shot and killed while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province. During the patrol his multiple was engaged by small arms fire and grenades. Captain Ben Babington-Browne, aged 27, from 22 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers, died in an incident in Afghanistan, Monday 6 July 2009 when the helicopter he was in crashed[130] while taking off from a US forward operating base in Zabul province. [298] At an inquest into his death being conducted in January 2017, it was formally stated that LCpl Brynin was fatally wounded by a fellow British Army soldier in a 'Blue on Blue' incident. [230], On 16 July, Senior Aircraftman Kinikki Griffiths, aged 20, from the Royal Air Force, died in a crash while on patrol near Camp Bastion in Helmand province. The Victoria Cross was first awarded for actions in the Crimean War of 1854–56, and is the highest British military award for bravery. No one else was injured. [221], On 23 June, Pte Alex Isaac, aged 20, from 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, died in a vehicle accident with three other soldiers while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province. He crawled forward under cover of a low wall while his team provided covering fire and acted as a diversion. [247], On 21 August, L/Cpl Jordan Dean Bancroft, aged 25, from 1 Platoon, Anzio Company, 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, shot and killed in Afghanistan. [80], Corporal Barry Dempsey, aged 29, from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, attached to 1st Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment, was killed in an IED blast, Monday 18 August 2008. The last UK combat troops left Afghanistan in October. In 2006, when 16 Air Assault Brigade was sent to Helmand, 85 were wounded in action. He was aged 29. [102] His death was represented on the Sky Television show Ross Kemp: Return to Afghanistan, Captain Tom Sawyer, aged 26, 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, and Corporal Danny Winter, aged 28 and from Zulu Company 45 Commando Royal Marines, were killed by an explosion on 14 January 2009. The bloodiest year was 2009, when 108 troops died. On 16 June, Craftsman Andrew Found, aged 27, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers who was serving with D Squadron (Warthog Group), Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, was killed in an explosion while on an operation near Adinza'i in the Gereshk Valley area, within the northern Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province. [220], On 23 June, L/Cpl David Andrew Ramsden, aged 26, from 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, died in a vehicle accident with three other soldiers while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province. The MoD subsequently confirmed that the men died as a result of a 'Blue on Blue (Friendly fire)' incident, thought to involve a Javelin missile. She expressed her sadness at the death toll and praised the stoicism showed by bereaved families of killed military personnel. He received immediate medical attention from the medics within his team but died at the scene. A number of other soldiers were also injured in the incident, two seriously. [307] However British casualties in the middle of 2006 did lead to the government's decision to reinforce the British contingent. On 24 October, Corporal David O'Connor, aged 27, from 40 Commando Royal Marines, and Corporal Channing Day, aged 25 from 3 Medical Regiment, were participating in a patrol with C Company, 40 Commando to conduct low level training with the Afghan Local Police. [237], On 7 August, Ken McGonigle, aged 50, a former member of the RUC,[238] saved the life[239] of one of the most senior US officers[240] in Afghanistan when he was killed. Due to Cpl Newell's work, his age at the time of his death was not released. Although Taliban representatives and Afghan officials have been involved in informal peace talks, the Taliban insists it will not stop fighting until all foreign troops leave the country. 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