RIP LBdr Brett Walmsley

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LBdr Brett Walmsley was sadly taken from us on Sat 15th July 2007 in an RTA whilst on a 96 hr pass in Greece. He served with 47 Regt RA in 43 "Lloyds Company" and 31 HQ Bty. He was attached to 2 RGR in Kosovo as an SCS platoon team leader. A Greek driver has been arrested.

Saturday, 14 July 2007
News: Lance Bombardier Brett Walmsley killed in road traffic accident in Greece on 12 July 2007
It is with regret that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the death of Lance Bombardier Brett Walmsley of 47th Regiment Royal Artillery in a road traffic accident in Greece on Thursday 12 July 2007. Lance Bombardier Walmsley was on a three-day off-duty pass from a deployment with Nato forces in Kosovo when the accident happened.

Aged 25, Lance Bombardier Brett Walmsley, from Lancashire, joined the British Army in 1999 and served initially with 12th Regiment Royal Artillery in Sennelager, Germany.

During his time with 12th Regiment Royal Artillery he deployed on operations to Iraq and Northern Ireland, as well as on exercises to Oman, Germany, Kuwait and Canada.

Lance Bombardier Walmsley was posted to 47th Regiment Royal Artillery in 2004. His approachable and professional character allowed him to integrate quickly and positively into his new Regiment on Thorney Island, Hampshire, where he swiftly became a valued and dependable member of the communications element in the headquarter battery. It was no surprise to those that new him that he volunteered for his recent deployment to Kosovo and the arduous training that preceded it.

Speaking on behalf of 47th Regiment, his Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Carwardine said:

"Lance Bombardier Brett Walmsley was a young man with a very promising career ahead of him; he was a character who was a friend to all and a mentor to the less experienced members of the Regiment. He had an absolute zest for life; he worked hard and would play even harder. As a Junior Non Commissioned Officer he was one of the rising stars within his Troop and Battery and was destined for promotion to Bombardier on his return from Kosovo.

"Extremely fit, reliable and motivated he was an inspiration to all who came into contact with him; his loss is an enormous blow to everyone in the Regiment. Our thoughts lie firmly with his family and friends at this time of great sadness for us all."

Lance Bombardier Brett Walmsley, from Darwen, Lancashire, is the son of Stuart and Olwen, the brother of Stuart, 30, Vicky, 23, and Tony, 19, and the grandson of June. He is a former pupil of Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School and Darwen Moorland High School. After leaving high school, he completed an IT course at Blackburn College. He then worked for a short while for a local IT company.

In joining the Army he followed in the footsteps of his Uncle Kevin, whom he idolised and who served for 22 years in the Regular Army before later joining the TA.

His family ask the media to respect their privacy at this difficult time and not to contact them. They have asked the Army to release the following family statement on their behalf:

"Brett loved being in the Army. He was so happy when he joined and loved the Army way of life. His loves were his family, the Army, Darwen and Blackburn Rovers. We were very proud of him. He had a big heart and loved everyone. We don't know anyone who didn't like him. He had no enemies. He seemed to smile in his sleep.

"We are a very close-knit family and that meant the world to him. His death has left a big hole in our lives, but we have taken great comfort from the many kind messages and cards we have received from friends, family and our local community."




RIP brett,still rember you when you served with 58 Bty
radar1712 said:
RIP brett,still rember you when you served with 58 Bty
Was with 12 Bty fitters when he was with 58 Bty and remember him when I went with 58 on exercise. My condolences to his family, friends and a sad loss to the RA. There is alsoanother thread on this if you want to view Soldier dies on RnR on current affairs

thread .

(sorry cant do link laptop playing up)


War Hero
always sad to loose someone, no matter what circumstances. Rest Easy fella
RIP..End of Mission


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