Gdsm Wakefield - We Will Remember Him

It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence can confirm the death in Iraq of Guardsman Anthony John Wakefield during the early hours of 2 May 2005.

Guardsman Wakefield, a married father of three from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, died as a result of wounds sustained during a routine patrol in Al Amarah, Iraq. He was 24. His Company of the 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards is currently serving alongside 1 Staffords (Staffordshire Regt.) in Maysan Province, Iraq. The Commanding Officer of 1 Staffords, Lt Col Andrew Williams has paid tribute to Gdsm Wakefield’s professionalism:

"May I start by expressing my most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Gdsm Wakefield.

"Gdsm Wakefield died in the early hours of 2 May 2005 as a result of wounds sustained during a patrol in the town of Al Amarah, Southern Iraq.

"He was acting as the top cover sentry in the second of a two vehicle patrol when what appears to have been an Improvised Explosive Device detonated – disabling the vehicle and injuring another soldier.

"Despite receiving first aid at the scene and in the helicopter that evacuated him, he sadly died of wounds shortly after being attended by the doctor at the Battlegroup’s base just outside the town.

"Gdsm Wakefield was a supremely fit and popular soldier who died doing his duty and amongst his friends. A proud Coldstream Guardsman, he was attached to the Staffords Battlegroup and had made many friends during his time with us.

"To all those who were lucky enough to know him, it was clear that he loved his duty and had a very bright future ahead of him. He was already a qualified Physical Training Instructor and had been selected to attend a course for promotion at the end of the 6 month tour.

"Gdsm Wakefield will be sorely missed by a great many people and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time."
I hoped not to have to read another thread like this, tragically we are still enduring such loses. You have done your capstar proud.

My thoughts are with his family.
RIP that soldier. Shame no-one spoke to the girlfriend before the media got to her.

Take care GG x And anyone else out there.
Bitter news; it never gets any easier to hear. RIP.
Taff and I are watching the news now. I want to cry.
Rest In Peace mucker, at this time we should all remember the fallen. I was doing some research for my wife the other day (she is teaching WW 1 at school) and I burst into tears that the stated casualty figures were 908,000 . We are thankfully blessed with greater technology and firepower now but such is the horror and belief of certain fanatics that losses like this are justified, I cannot think of one religion that at it's heart condones death to another living being.
However The Carter Family send their best wishes to the Wakefield's x Dave, Jane & Joe Carter x
Best wishes to his realtives and all that had the honour of serving with him.

to those injured in the blast, a speedy recovery. :(

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