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A tribute, Live on for me.


Live on for me.

My spirit drifts in open time, loved ones left bereft behind.
Mum I hope I made you proud, I love you mum I do.

Dad I’m gone, yet did you see, a man your son- think of me.
A warrior dad standing tall, freedom fight giving all.

I gave my all mum and dad, every drop of life I had.
To keep you all safe from harm, death was cold my blood was warm.

I know you cry because I’m gone, don’t be sad I’m here your son.
Sending you a kiss today, to say I love you still.

My lover , my lady , I’m holding you, from now till end of time.
In dreams my love I give to you, our hearts always entwined.

My little angels I see you cry, but daddy’s here I did not die.
My spirit is beside you now, with strength and love and calm.

You will grow and I’ll be near, holding , guiding safe from fear.
A gentle voice to you I breath, no deaths not said that I must leave.

So close your eyes and if you do, you’ll see me smiling back at you.
With love and care for all your time, your little hand holding mine.

One day we all will meet again, I drift with you from now till then.
To all of you left behind use it well your precious time.

Make each day count in your life’s quest, live your dreams and do your best.
Think of me if life seems bad, I have no life like you now have.

So live, laugh, love and be, don’t think of death -
Live on for me.

A poem by Andy Gregory.


March 21
Eight British servicemen died when the US Sea Knight helicopter they were aboard crashed south of the Kuwait border, just after midnight.

They included five Royal Marines, plus two soldiers and a naval rating serving with the 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery battery in Poole, Dorset.
-Captain Philip Guy, 29, from Bishopdale, North Yorkshire. Married with two children.
-Naval Rating Ian Seymour, an operator mechanic (communications) second class, of Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset. Married with one son.
-Warrant Officer Second Class Mark Stratford, Royal Marines.
-Marine Sholto "Sonic" Hedenskog, 25, from South Africa.
-Lance Bombardier Llywelyn "Welly" Evans, 24, of Llandudno, north Wales. Engaged to be married.
-Colour Sgt John Cecil, 36, of Plymouth, Devon. Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne. Married with one daughter and two stepchildren.
-Major Jason Ward, 34, from the Plymouth area.
-Sergeant Les Hehir, 34, of Poole, Dorset. Married with two sons.

March 22
Six British servicemen died when two Royal Navy Sea King helicopters collided over the northern Arabian Gulf at around 1.30am.
-Lt Philip Green, 31.
-Lt Tony King, 35, of Helston, Cornwall. Married with two children.
-Lt James Williams, 28, from Falmouth, Cornwall - originally from Winchester. He was engaged to be married.
-Lt Philip West, 32, of Budock Water, near Falmouth, Cornwall. He was due to be married.
-Lt Marc Lawrence, in his mid-20s, from Westgate, Kent. Engaged to be married.
-Lt Andrew Wilson, 36. Married to Sarah.
All were based at the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, near Helston, Cornwall.

March 23
An RAF GR4 Tornado aircraft from RAF Marham, Norfolk, which was returning from an operational mission, was engaged near the Kuwaiti border by a Patriot missile battery. -Flight Lt Kevin Main, a pilot.
-Flight Lt Dave Williams, a navigator. Both were of 9 Squadron.
Also on the same day two British soldiers were killed in an attack on British military vehicles in southern Iraq.
-Sapper Luke Allsopp, 24, of north London. Girlfriend was Katy.
-Staff Sergeant Simon Cullingworth, 36, from Essex. Married with two sons.
Both were members of 33 (EOD) Engineer Regiment, a specialist bomb disposal unit of the Royal Engineers, based at Carver Barracks, Wimbish, Essex.

March 24
-Sergeant Steven Roberts, 33, was killed in action near Al Zubayr near Basra.
The soldier of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment was shot trying to calm a civil disturbance. He was from Bradford, West Yorkshire, married, and had a child from a previous marriage. He was raised in Cornwall.
-Lance Corporal Barry "Baz" Stephen, of the 1st Battalion.
The Black Watch was killed in action near Al Zubayr. Married, 31, from Perth.

March 25
Two British soldiers were killed in a "friendly fire" incident west of Basra. They were part of a four-man crew of a Challenger 2 Main Battle tank and mistakenly fired upon by comrades in another tank.
-Corporal Stephen John Allbutt, 35, from Stoke-on-Trent. Married with two children.
-Trooper David Jeffrey Clarke, 19, from Littleworth, Staffordshire. Was planning to get engaged to girlfriend Rachel.

March 28
A US A-10 tankbuster aircraft is reported to have fired on two armoured vehicles containing soldiers from the Household Cavalry Regiment, part of 16 Air Assault Brigade.
-Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull, 25, of The Blues & Royals, Household Cavalry Regiment, from Windsor, was killed in the apparent "friendly fire" incident. He was married to Susan.

March 30
Royal Marine Christopher Maddison, 24, was killed when a river launch was ambushed on the Al Faw peninsula south of Basra. Marine Maddison was a member of Plymouth-based 9 Assault Squadron.
-Lance Corporal Shaun Brierley, 28, with the 212 Signals Squadron, was killed in a crash in Kuwait. His family live in West Yorkshire and he had one son.
-Major Stephen Alexis Ballard, of 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines, died of natural causes. Married to Lucy and expecting first child.

March 31
-Staff Sergeant Chris Muir, 32, with the Army School of Ammunition, Royal Logistic Corps, based at Kineton, Warwickshire, died during an operation to dismantle munitions in southern Iraq. The married father-of-one was from Romsey, Hampshire.

April 1
Several members of the Household Cavalry Regiment were hurt when their light armoured vehicle slid down a crumbling bank and overturned.
-Lance Corporal Karl Shearer was killed in the accident. He was travelling in a Scimitar armed reconnaissance vehicle which was on its way to relieve another troop when the accident happened. He was married with one daughter.

April 6
Three soldiers were killed as allied troops swept into Basra.
-Kelan John Turrington, 18, from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
-Lance Corporal Ian Malone, of Dublin, 28, a member of the 1st Battalion the Irish Guards.
-Piper Christopher Muzvuru, 21, of the 1st Battalion the Irish Guards. He was born in Zimbabwe.

April 22
-Lt Alexander Tweedie, 25, was hurt in the accident which killed Lance Corporal Karl Shearer when their vehicle overturned on April 1 in southern Iraq.
-Lt Tweedie was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment on April 3 but died from his injuries on April 22. He was serving with the D Squadron of The Blues and Royals Household Cavalry Regiment. He was single and originally from Hawick in the Scottish Borders.

April 30
-Lance Corporal James McCue, 27, was killed in an explosion in southern Iraq. He was serving with the 7 Air Assault Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). He was single and from Paisley in Renfrewshire.

May 6
-Private Andrew Kelly, 18, was killed in an accident in Iraq. He was serving with the 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment. He was single and from Tavistock, Devon.

May 8
-Gunner Duncan Pritchard, 22, died in hospital in the UK after being injured in a traffic accident in Iraq. He was an RAF Regiment Gunner serving with 16 Squadron, based at RAF Honington, Suffolk.

May 19
- Corporal David Shepherd, 34, died from natural causes. He was serving with the Royal Air Force Police in Kuwait.

May 22
-Leonard Harvey, 55, a civilian member of the Defence Fire Service, died in hospital in the UK. He was taken ill while deployed in the Gulf. Divorced with three daughters, he had served with the Defence Fire Service for 33 years, normally based at Wattisham, Suffolk.

June 24
Six Royal Military Policemen were killed by an Iraqi mob at a police station at Al Majar Al Kabir.
-Sergeant Simon Alexander Hamilton-Jewell, 41, serving with 156 Provost Company. The Platoon Sergeant of the Parachute Provost Platoon, known as "HJ" he came from Chessington, Surrey, and was single.
-Corporal Russell Aston, 30, from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, was married with one daughter. He was the company physical training instructor.
-Corporal Paul Graham Long, 24, from Colchester. Cpl Long was serving on his first operational deployment. Married to Gemma and had a 11-month-old son, Benjamin.
-Corporal Simon Miller, 21, from Washington, Tyne & Wear. Cpl Miller was engaged to be married. He had previously served in the Parachute Regiment.
-Lance-Corporal Benjamin John McGowan Hyde, 23, from Northallerton, North Yorkshire. L/Cpl McGowan Hyde was single and was on his first operational tour.
-Lance-Corporal Thomas Richard Keys, 20, from Llanuwchllyn, near Bala in Wales. L/Cpl Keys was single and had previously served with The Parachute Regiment.

-Captain James Linton, 43, died while serving in southern Iraq with the 40 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. He collapsed and died following a training run at a British base in Al Zubayr. He was married with three children.

August 13
-Private Jason Smith, 32, a Territorial Army soldier, died while serving in southern Iraq. Death was not the result of enemy action. He was serving with 52nd Lowland Regiment attached to the 1st Battalion, The King's Own Scottish Borderers. From Hawick in the Scottish borders, he was unmarried but had a long-term partner.

August 14
-Captain David Jones, 29, was killed in a bomb attack on a military ambulance in Basra, southern Iraq. He came from Louth, Lincolnshire, and had been married just over a year. A Sandhurst graduate, he had been working on civil-military co-operation projects in Basra to reconstruct the city.

August 23
Three soldiers from the Royal Military Police were killed after an ambush on a military vehicle by gunmen in Basra.
-Major Matthew Titchener, 32, of 150 Provost Company. He was married with one child.
-Warrant Officer Colin Wall, 34, of 150 Provost Company. He was married with one child, plus two from a previous marriage.
-Corporal Dewi Pritchard, 35, a Territorial Army soldier serving with 116 Provost Company. He was married and came from Bridgend.

August 27
-Fusilier Russell Beeston, 26, was killed after an army convoy was confronted by two mobs of Iraqi civilians and a firefight began at Ali As Sharqi.
-Fusilier Beeston, 26, was a Territorial Army soldier in 52nd Lowland Regiment (Volunteers), serving attached to the 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers in Iraq. He was married and came from Govan in Glasgow.

September 23
A Territorial Army soldier died in an incident involving a firearm while serving at Shaibah near Basra.
-Sergeant John Nightingale, of 217 Transport Squadron, part of 150 Regiment (Volunteers) of the Royal Logistic Corps. Engaged to Lucy and aged 32, he came from Leeds and worked in the electronics industry.

October 31
A Royal Marines NCO was killed by hostile fire during an operation in Iraq.
-Corporal Ian Plank, Royal Marines. Aged 31 and came from Poole.

November 6
A British serviceman was killed in a road traffic accident in Basra.
-Private Ryan Thomas, 1st Battalion, Royal Regiment of Wales. Aged 18, from Resolven, near Neath.

January 1
Two British soldiers were killed in a road traffic accident in Baghdad in the early hours.
-Major James Stenner, Welsh Guards. Married, 30, from Monmouthshire.
-Sergeant Norman Patterson, Cheshire Regiment. Single, 28, from Staffordshire.

January 7
A British serviceman died following an incident on a training range near Basra.
-Lance Corporal Andrew James Craw, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. Single, 21, from Clackmannanshire.

January 21
A soldier was killed in a road accident at Al Amarah.
-Rifleman Vincent Calvin Windsor, 2nd Battalion, Royal Green Jackets. Aged 23, he came from Oxfordshire and had a German fiancee.

January 31
A soldier died in an accident in Basra.
-Sapper Robert Thomson, Royal Engineers. Unmarried, 22, from West Lothian.

February 12
A soldier died in a vehicle accident at Shaibah Logistics Base in southern Iraq.
-Corporal Richard Thomas David Ivell, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. Married with three children, 29, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

June 28 A soldier was killed, and two injured, in an improvised explosive device attack on British vehicles in Basra.
-Fusilier Gordon Gentle, from Glasgow, of Royal Highland Fusiliers.

July 19
An airman was killed when an RAF Puma helicopter was involved in an accident at Basra airport.
-Flight Lieutenant Kristian Gover, 33 Squadron RAF.

August 4
A soldier died in an accident at Al Amarah.
-Private Christopher Gordon Rayment, 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment, aged 22.

August 9
A soldier was killed and several others injured in an attack on British vehicles in Basra.
-Private Lee O'Callaghan, Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment. He was 20 and from south London.

August 12
A soldier was killed and another seriously injured by an improvised explosive device attack at Basra.
-Private Marc Ferns, The Black Watch. He was 21 and from Glenrothes in Fife.
August 17 A soldier was killed in an exchange of fire with insurgents in Basra.
-Lance Corporal Paul Thomas, The Light Infantry. Aged 29, he was single and from Welshpool.

September 10
A soldier died in an traffic accident near Al Amarah.
-Fusilier Stephen Jones, The Royal Welch Fusiliers. He was 22, married, and from Denbigh.

September 28 Two soldiers died after the ambush of a military convoy south west of Basra.
-Corporal Marc Taylor, served with the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, attached to 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. He was 27, married with a daughter and from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
-Gunner David Lawrence, 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, he was aged 25 and came from Walsall, West Midlands.

October 29
A Black Watch soldier was killed following a vehicle accident in the North Babil Province in Iraq. The incident did not involve hostile action.
-Private Kevin Thomas McHale, 1st Battalion The Black Watch, aged 27, was single and came from Lochgelly, Fife.

October 31
-Staff Sergeant Denise Rose, of the Royal Military Police's Special Investigation Branch, was found dead at a military camp in Basra - the first British female soldier to die in Iraq since the campaign to remove Saddam Hussein began.
The 34-year-old from Liverpool was discovered dead from a gunshot wound at the Army base in the Shatt-al-Arab Hotel. The MoD said the incident is not thought to have been the result of hostile action.

November 4
Three soldiers of the Black Watch killed in a suicide attack in Iraq.
-Private Paul Lowe, 19, Sergeant Stuart Gray, 31, and Private Scott McArdle, 22, all from Fife, are killed in a blast at a vehicle checkpoint.

November 8
A Black Watch soldier is killed in a roadside bombing in Iraq, north of the regiment's base at Camp Dogwood.
-Private Pita Tukatukawaqa of the 1st Battalion The Black Watch died when his Warrior armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. The 27-year-old was married and came from Fiji.

December 26
A soldier was found dead from a gunshot wound at Shaibah Logistic Base.
-Sergeant Paul Connolly, 33 - no suspicious circumstances.

January 30
Ten personnel - nine from the Royal Air Force and one from the Army - killed when a RAF Hercules crashed 30 kilometres north west of Baghdad.
-Squadron Leader Patrick Marshall, Headquarters Strike Command.
-Flight Lieutenants David Stead, Andrew Smith and Paul Pardoel of 47Squadron, RAF Lyneham.

-Master Engineer Gary Nicholson, Chief Technician Richard Brown and Flight Sergeant Mark Gibson of 47 Squadron, RAF Lyneham
-Sergeant Robert O'Connor and Corporal David Williams, of RAF Lyneham
-Acting Lance Corporal Steven Jones, Royal Signals

March 28
A British soldier of the Tyne-Tees Regiment was found dead in his accommodation at Basra.
-An investigation into the death of Private Mark Dobson, 41, is still underway.

May 2
The death of a soldier from 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards announced.
-Guardsman Anthony John Wakefield, 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards, died during the early hours of May 2 as a result of wounds sustained during a routine patrol in Al Amarah, Iraq. He was a 24-year-old married father-of-three from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
May 29 -Lance Corporal Brackenbury, 21, from East Yorkshire, died after an explosion in Amarah, north of Basra, which Iraqi police say was caused by a roadside bomb. The soldier, who was serving with the King's Royal Hussars in A Squadron, was in a military convoy passing nearby.

June 29
Signaller Paul William Didsbury, 18, of the Royal Signals, died after have accidentally shooting himself at Basra airport, in Basra, southern Iraq.
Mr Didsbury, of Blackpool, was serving with the 21st Signal Regiment

July 16
Three British soldiers from C Company, the 1st Battalion Staffordshire Regiment, died in a roadside bomb blast in the Risaala district of Al Amarah.
-Second Lieutenant Richard Shearer, 26, was from Nuneaton.
-Private Phillip Hewett, 21, was from Tamworth.
-Private Leon Spicer, 26, was also a Tamworth soldier.

September 5
Two British soldiers from C Company, 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, died when a roadside bomb exploded during a patrol near Az Zubayr, Basra province.
-Fusilier Donal Anthony Meade, 20, was from Plumstead, south east London.
-Fusilier Stephen Robert Manning, 22, was from Erith, Kent.

September 11
A British soldier is killed in what is believed to be a roadside bomb explosion near his convoy in Basra.
-Major Matthew Bacon, 34, from London, was serving as a staff officer with Headquarters Multi National Division South East.

October 15
The body of Captain Ken Masters, 40, is discovered in his accommodation in Waterloo Lines, Basra. The married father-of-two was responsible for the investigation of all in-theatre serious incidents.

October 18
A soldier is killed in a roadside bomb in Basra, southern Iraq.
-Sergeant Chris Hickey of 1st Battalion the Coldstream Guards died as a result of his injuries sustained from the bomb which went off at 11.20pm local time. He was married with a son.

November 21
A soldier on routine patrol died as a result of his injuries sustained from a roadside bomb in Basra.
-Sergeant John Jones, from 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, grew up in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham. He was married to Nickie and father to five-year-old Jack.

January 30
A soldier is killed after being hit by enemy fire in the Maysan Province, southern Iraq.
-Lance Corporal Alan Douglas, 22, from the 7th Armoured Brigade, was on his first tour of duty in the region.

January 31
Corporal Gordon Pritchard, of the Scots Dragoon Guards, died when insurgents attacked three 7th Armoured Brigade vehicles in Um Qasr, south of Basra. Cpl Pritchard was from Edinburgh and was married with three children under five.

February 2
A soldier died in a road accident in Abu al-Khasib, south of Basra.
-Trooper Carl Smith, 23, of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's). He had one son.

February 28
Two British soldiers were killed and a third injured in an incident in Amara.
-Captain Richard Holmes, 28, from 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, attached to the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, lived in Winchester, Hampshire with wife Kate.
-Private Lee Ellis, 23, also from 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, lived in Wythenshawe, Manchester with fiancee Sarah and daughter Courtney.

April 15
A soldier from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards died of injuries sustained following an attack involving an improvised explosive device in southern Iraq.
- Lieutenant Richard Palmer, 27, a bachelor, from Ware, Hertfordshire, died after the vehicle he was commanding was caught in an explosion near Ad Dayr.

May 6
Five die in a helicopter crash in Basra, southern Iraq. Iraqi police say the helicopter was hit from the ground by insurgents.
- Flight Lieutenant Sarah-Jayne Mulvihill, 32, was the first British servicewoman to die in action. Originally from Canterbury in Kent, she was serving as a Flight Operations Officer based at RAF Benson in south Oxfordshire.
- Wing Commander John Coxen, from Royal Air Force Benson, was born in 1959. Married, he was originally from Liverpool and joined the RAF in 1983.
- Lieutenant Commander Darren Chapman, 40, a married father of three, was the commanding officer of 847 Naval Air Squadron based at Yeovilton.
- Lieutenant David Dobson, 27, was serving as a pilot with 847 Naval Air Squadron, based at Yeovilton and was single.
- Marine Paul Collins, 21, served as an Air Door Gunner with 847 Naval Air Squadron. He was also single and based at Yeovilton.

May 28
Two die in a roadside bomb attack during a patrol in Basra, southern Iraq. The Ministry of Defence say they were on a routine task in support of the Iraqi security forces.
- Lieutenant Tom Mildinhall, 26, served with the Queen's Dragoon Guards. He was single and lived in Battersea, south London.
- Lance Corporal Paul Farrelly, 27, served with the Queen's Dragoon Guards. He was married and lived in Runcorn, Cheshire.

July 16
One soldier dies of gunshot wounds during an operation to track down a militant leader in north Basra. Sajad Abu Aya, described as the southern commander of the Shia Mahdi Army, was captured in the operation.
- Corporal John Cosby, 27, served with the 1st Battalion the Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry. He was unmarried and based in Catterick, north Yorkshire.

August 1 A soldier dies after a multinational force base in Basra city comes under mortar fire.
- Corporal Matthew Cornish, 29, of 1st Battalion The Light Infantry, had been due to leave the front line only a few days later to take part in a sergeant training course. From Pool-in-Wharfedale, Yorkshire, Cpl Cornish was stationed in Germany with his wife, Abby, 28, son, Ethan, three, and 15-month-old daughter, Libby.

September 4
Two soldiers serving with the 58 Battery, 12 Regiment Royal Artillery, are killed in an attack on a patrol near Ad Dayr, north of Basra.
- Gunner Samuela Vanua, 27, who was born in Fiji, and Gunner Stephen Robert Wright, 20, from Leyland, Lancashire, were returning to base following a routine task training the Iraqi police when the explosion hit their vehicle.

September 7
- Gunner Lee Thornton, 22, from Blackpool, who was serving in 58 Battery, 12 Regiment Royal Artillery, dies from injuries sustained on September 5 after his patrol came under fire in Al Qurna, north of the southern city of Basra.

October 1
A soldier dies as a result of wounds from a mortar round fired at the Shaat Al Arab Hotel base in northern Basra.
- Lance Corporal Dennis Brady, 37, a Royal Army Medical Corps Regular Reservist from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, was attached to the 1st Battalion the Light Infantry.
May each and every one of them rest in peace.

A wondeful touching piece of poetry.


bossyboots said:
May each and every one of them rest in peace.

A wondeful touching piece of poetry.

Thank you.
truly a great tribute. nothing annoys me more than the habit of the media to trivialise service personnels deaths to boost ratings. the poem was a beauty and the PTSD piece was good

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