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Tributes to ‘outstanding officer’

171 British service personnel of all ranks have given their lives in the struggle against various assorted Taliban bandits in Afghanistan. Many British military personnel have been serverly wounded and have lost limbs. We should all value their commitment and service to us all. We must not take out military service personnel for granted, the job they do is hard and worthwhile. In Afghanistan they give their lives for their country to help Afghanistan progress in reconstruction.

BBC NEWS: “The highest ranking Army officer to be killed in action since the Falklands War is one of the two latest British casualties in Afghanistan.The Ministry of Defence said Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, 39, from Oxfordshire, of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, died in Helmand on Wednesday.The head of the British Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, said he was “an outstanding commanding officer.”It brings the number of British deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 to 171.Trooper Joshua Hammond, 18, from Plymouth, of 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, died in the same explosion…”

Lt Col Thorneloe, who was commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, and Trooper Hammond died near Lashkar Gah when an improvised explosive device was detonated under their Viking armoured vehicle…”more

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