Two QRL Killed 19 April 2007

It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of two soldiers from the Queen's Royal Lancers in south-east Iraq at approximately 1120 hours local time on Thursday 19 April 2007.

Both were killed by an improvised explosive device in Maysaan Province. The soldiers were on a routine patrol in a Scimitar armoured vehicle when they were hit by the blast. Three further soldiers were injured, one of them very seriously.

All casualties were taken by helicopter to Tallil airbase in Dhi Qar Province where they are receiving the best possible medical care.

Stand Down Lads, thoughts to all,Sad Day


Thoughts to all family, friends and their regiment, another sad day. RIP.
Rest In Peace

Speedy recovery to the injured.

"We Will Remember Them"
Corporal Ben Leaning

Corporal Ben Leaning, or "Bill" as he was affectionately known, was from Scunthorpe and joined the Army in January 1999. He was posted to his local armoured regiment, The Queen's Royal Lancers, where he served on Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks.

He saw service in Oman, Kosovo and on the first Operation TELIC in Iraq during 2003. Throughout his service Corporal Leaning showed himself to be a fine soldier and a natural leader who progressed rapidly through the ranks.

He was promoted to Corporal in October 2005 and became a crew commander and a signals instructor shortly before deploying on to Iraq last autumn. He was a very fit individual and a qualified physical training instructor.

Corporal Leaning loved the regiment and was very much one of its personalities. Life was fun with him around. He knew how to make the best of things and was ever ready with an amusing story or comment to keep his troop and squadron motivated.

Trooper Kristen Turton was from Grimsby. Joining The Queen's Royal Lancers in the summer of 2003, he quickly became a Regimental character. He went through the conversion to Formation Reconnaissance in 2004 and was marked out for specialist training due to his dismounted skills. He was a trained sharp shooter and assault pioneer, specialising in demolitions. These were roles he excelled in and were very much a measure of his professionalism and martial skill.

Despite all of his military success, Trooper Turton felt his finest achievement was his marriage to Sharon, in October 2004, of whom he was tremendously proud.

A Sad Loss to the Regiment
A grim three weeks, for British and Commonwealth soldiers.


Thoughts and prayers with their families, colleagues and friends, and with the injured.
The three wounded, one serious have now arrived back in the U.K, along with other wounded from Iraq.
scarletto said:
The three wounded, one serious have now arrived back in the U.K, along with other wounded from Iraq.
Speedy recovery lads
An ex tankie salutes his cavalry brothers in arms. cav or tankie we are all RAC. RIP

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