Secret hero of the SBS

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It's from the scum so beware,

A SECRET funeral for the senior SBS commando killed in a raid on a Taliban bomb-making factory has been held amid tight security.

The cream of the Special Forces ranks, whose identities are never revealed, paid their respects to Sergeant Andy Houltram, 33.

More than 600 mourners attended the service at Dunblane Cathedral in Scotland last week.

Sgt Houltram, from Cowie in Stirlingshire, began the lightening attack on the Taliban compound by fast roping from a helicopter.

As he led the elite troops a fierce gunfight broke out and enemy fighters tried to flee to a safe house.

While chasing a fanatic into the booby-trapped building nearby, one of Sgt Houltram's team stepped on a hidden pressure plate - triggering a series of devastating blasts.

Tribute ... Sgt Houltram

Tribute ... Sgt Houltram

As many as five 81mm mortar shells buried in the ground around the commandos exploded simultaneously - killing Sgt Houltram. The explosions also ripped the leg off another SBS commando and wounded two of his colleagues.

Sgt Houltram's death, near the town of Gereshk on August 29, was covered up by the Ministry of Defence at the time because of the sensitivity of the mission.

Officials simply said "a Royal Marine died following an explosion whilst on a foot patrol".

Sgt Houltram, a former ex-Royal Marine, was decorated with a Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service last year for his Special Forces work on another Afghan tour.

An SBS veteran for a decade, he was "a huge character" in the Poole-based unit.

A Special Boat Service source said: "Andy was a legend in the unit. A jock with a lot of charm, but also hard as nails. All the young lads used to look up to him as someone they could aim to be like with a lot of hard work.

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"His death is a massive loss, and has hit us all hard."

Despite the heavy casualties the SBS mission was a success.The bomb-making factory was destroyed, meaning numerous more lives could have been saved thanks to the operation.The Taliban also sustained greater losses than the SBS.

A 120-strong task force from the SBS and Army unit the SAS has been dispatched to central Helmand to tackle the plague of Taliban bombs wreaking havoc among British ranks.

Most of the homemade IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) are buried in roads or walls.

But suicide bombers have also caused chaos as they target local people.

The two Special Forces squadrons are being backed by eavesdropping experts from the Special Reconnaissance Regiment, and Paras and Marines.

They are believed to have scored a series of dramatic successes recently against the network, but at a heavy price.

Sgt Houltram is the third SBS hero to die in action in southern Afghanistan since 2006.

Sgt Paul Bartlett, 35, and Lance Cpl Michael Jones, 26, were both killed in different raids on Taliban hideouts. At least 20 have been wounded.
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepag...neral-of-SBS-hero-Sergeant-Andy-Houltram.html


RIP.
 
#2
Sgt Houltram, a former ex-Royal Marine....
He was a Royal Marine. SBS yes, but he was a Royal Marine. He wasn't an ex-Marine, he wasn't a former-Marine and he wasn't "former ex-Royal Marine".

How dare they insult a dead hero and brother-in-arms by letting a halfwit loose on the keyboard, followed by such a poor sub-editing job. It shows how much they really care - they are more interested in the headline.

RIP Andy.
 
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PoisonDwarf said:
Sgt Houltram, a former ex-Royal Marine....
He was a Royal Marine. SBS yes, but he was a Royal Marine. He wasn't an ex-Marine, he wasn't a former-Marine and he wasn't "former ex-Royal Marine".

How dare they insult a dead hero and brother-in-arms by letting a halfwit loose on the keyboard, followed by such a poor sub-editing job. It shows how much they really care - they are more interested in the headline.

RIP Andy.
I thought that too, but I'm not in the Brit military, so I kept shut.
 
#4
RIP.

This also illustrates the differance in casualties for ourselves and the Taliban. We lose highly-trained soldiers, while a lot of Terry's losses are easily replaced cannon-fodder from Pakistan. :evil:
 
#5
Most of the cannon fodder taliban are locally unemployed pashtoon with no education or understanding of the issues.

They get paid about $250 a month for fighting and of course time off during opium harvest time- though there is a huge influx of unemployed into the Province during harvest time as well.

If you can get those tw*ts from DIFID (spelling?) off their arrrrrrrrrrrrrrses to create labout intensive low technology work ( digging roads, clearing Karez and irrigation canals etc) and paid them a decent wage you would strip away a lot of the manpower they currently have.

Sorry to hi-jack the thread, my apologies.
 
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PoisonDwarf said:
Sgt Houltram, a former ex-Royal Marine....
He was a Royal Marine. SBS yes, but he was a Royal Marine. He wasn't an ex-Marine, he wasn't a former-Marine and he wasn't "former ex-Royal Marine".

How dare they insult a dead hero and brother-in-arms by letting a halfwit loose on the keyboard, followed by such a poor sub-editing job. It shows how much they really care - they are more interested in the headline.

RIP Andy.
I understand where you are coming from mate, but the lines are always a bit blurred when a full unit ID is chucked around, especially with the myriad of different bods at Poole, he is/was Royal and forever to be, the piece was a smashing dit about an evidently skilled and well thought of guy.

RIP

Reni
 
#8
I knew Andy from many years ago back in 693. We haven't talked since then, but I will miss you ya Jock Bastard - I hope they took them all out.
 
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stocky77 said:
I knew Andy from many years ago back in 693. We haven't talked since then, but I will miss you ya Jock Bastard - I hope they took them all out.
Humour in the face of adversity :D

RIP Fella
 
#10
Rest in Peace Andy Houltram,
A very brave man, Deepest sympathy to his family,
 
#12
I'm not sure - How can you be "former" and "ex" it implies he left the service and rejoined. Could he be RMR SBS?

Either way, he will be missed by his family and colleagues I'm sure.
 

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