Soldier from 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) Killed in Afghanistan

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Rest in peace young man, stand down.
 

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PRIVATE GARETH LESLIE WILLIAM BELLINGHAM

3RD BATTALION THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (STAFFORDS)

COMBINED FORCE NAHR-E-SARAJ (NORTH)



Private Gareth Bellingham, from Stoke on Trent, was born on 21 November 1988. He enlisted in the Army in October 2007 and attended the Combat Infantryman’s Course at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick, before joining the 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Staffords). He completed the Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle Gunnery, Driving and Maintenance Courses in quick succession, and soon became his Company’s best Warrior Gunner. A man with considerable driving experience, he undertook conversion training to operate Husky and Jackal vehicles prior to deployment to Afghanistan. It was in the light infantry role, though, that he excelled; his experience, determination and personality inspiring all those around him.

Private Gareth Bellingham deployed to Afghanistan in April 2011 as part of Combined Force Nahr-e-Saraj (North), commanded by the Danish Battle Group.

On the morning of 18 June 2011, Private Bellingham deployed with C Company Tactical Headquarters and Number 3 Tolay (Afghan National Army), to an area near Khar Nikar in the Upper Gereshk Valley, Helmand Province. The Company Group was conducting patrol to assess the situation on the ground and meet with the local population who had recently returned to compounds in the area.

During the patrol, a local Afghan was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). As C Company were providing security, insurgents fired upon the patrol and Private Bellingham was fatally wounded.

Private Bellingham will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and all that knew him
 
#13
"The flowers of the forest are all withered away,

The pride of our land lies cold in the clay."

Extracted from the poem used on Remembrance Sunday.
 

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