Den gets called up again!!!!

Published on 02/07/2007

Den Brady, who was killed on duty in Iraq DEFENCE chiefs today apologised after sending a recruitment letter to a Barrow soldier killed in Iraq.

The call-up was received by the heartbroken mum of Lance Corporal Dennis Brady.

The 37-year-old medic, known as Den, was killed by a mortar in Basra in October last year.

Ministry of Defence chiefs have now phoned Brenda Brady, of Vulcan Road, to apologise for sending the letter, which asked the reservist to sign up for more service. Outraged Defence Secretary Des Browne has called for an investigation.

The MOD said The Adjutant General Lieutenant General Sir Freddie Viggers personally called Mrs Brady to apologise for the blunder.

Today Mrs Brady told the Evening Mail the situation had “all been sorted”.

The MOD has now also put a recruitment mailshot on hold as the scandal is being investigated. A spokesperson for the MoD said: “We apologise again for any upset this error has caused.

“The Adjutant General Lieutenant General Sir Freddie Viggers has spoken to the mother and apologised and we have stopped our next planned mailshot to ensure this does not happen again.”

Former Alfred Barrow School pupil, L/Cpl Brady was serving in Iraq as a reservist with the Royal Army Medical Corps, having left the regular Army in 2004. He had a long and illustrious career and had served in conflicts and peacekeeping missions in Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Croatia.

He was described as professional, selfless, loving and courageous.

An MPs committee report due to be published tomorrow is expected to announce that staffing shortages in the armed forces mean that there are not enough servicemen and women to meet the demands placed on them by military commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sorry - your son deserved much better and the Corps failed today.

On reflection, is this not another example of overstretch and the simple maths which state that we do not have enough people to do the job. I am embarrased and angry - if anyone out there has the ear of the SoS for Defence then, quite simply, it is time to invest real time and money in giving the AMS a fighting chance. We have real pride in what we do - do the right thing and support us!!!!
Served with Den Brady in the late 90's at 1 Armd Fd Amb, was affectionately known as the lovely Denise by the lads because of his ability to attract the birds.

Was a shock to see someone like him go out of this world in such a bad way, sympathies to his family, also thoughts to G**y C****s who was injured in the same incident.

Cheers Guys
I know this is an ancient thread, but I just spotted it. Den was a great bloke - fit, motivated and very, very capable. When he was attached to my multiple, I used him as an infantry soldier becaue he was extremely switched on and I trusted him implicitly. Somebody I genuinely admired.

RIP mate.

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