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The UK casualties in Majar al-Kabir
All six members of the Royal Military Police who were killed in southern Iraq were based at Goojerat Barracks in Colchester, Essex. The soldiers were from 156 Provost Company, part of the 16th Air Assault Brigade.

Corporal Russell Aston, aged 30
Corporal Russell Aston, 30
Corporal Russell Aston

Russell Aston was from Swadlincote in Derbyshire. Aged 30, he was married and had a daughter.

He joined the Army in 1993 and was posted to 156 Provost Company in March 2001 after service with the Grenadier Guards. He was military parachute trained, and had served in Macedonia and Northern Ireland and on operations in Kenya.

"Russ was a very handsome man who was loved by everyone who knew him," said his wife Anna, and parents Glenice and Mike, in a statement.

"He was such a kind and special person with a smashing sense of humour, he could get on with anyone he met. He was a doting father who had lots and lots of friends. When he walked into a room he filled it with his height and presence."

Sergeant Simon Alexander Hamilton-Jewell, aged 41
Sergeant Simon Hamilton-Jewell, 41
Sergeant Simon Alexander Hamilton-Jewell

Simon Hamilton-Jewell was from Chessington, Surrey. He was 41 and single.

He was platoon sergeant of the parachute provost platoon who first served as a soldier in the Territorial Army from 1979 to 1988.

He then spent 14 years in the Army before joining 156 Provost Company in March 2002.

Sergeant Hamilton-Jewell served in Germany, UK, Northern Ireland, Sarajevo and Sudan.

Lance Corporal Ben Hyde, aged 23
Lance Corporal Ben Hyde, 23
Lance Corporal Benjamin John McGowan Hyde

Ben Hyde was from Northallerton, North Yorkshire. He was 23 and single.

He joined the Army in June 2001 and was posted to 156 Provost Company in March 2002, where he served with the Parachute Provost Platoon. A qualified radio operator, he was on his first operational tour of duty when he was killed.

"The red beret was all he ever wanted. It was his life, so he gave his life doing the job he loved most," said his father, John.

"All he ever wanted was to become a military policeman, and he worked very hard to become one.

"He was very career-minded, with bags of potential, and had been recommended for early promotion."

Corporal Simon Miller, 21
Corporal Simon Miller

Simon Miller was from Washington in Tyne and Wear. He was 21 and single.

He joined the Army in January 2000 and was later posted to 156 Provost Company.

He was a qualified radio operator, he had served with 1 Para on a deployment to Kenya.

Corporal Paul Graham Long

Paul Long was from Colchester. Aged 24, he was married with a young son.

He joined the Army in April 1999 and was posted to 156 Provost Company in March 2000. A member of the Parachute Provost Platoon, he was a qualified radio operator.

He was on his first operational tour with the Royal Military Police.

Lance Corporal Thomas Keys, 24
Lance Corporal Thomas Keys, 24
Lance Corporal Thomas Richard Keys

Thomas Keys was from Llanuwchllyn, near Bala in north Wales. He was 20.

He joined the Army in August 1998, first serving with the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment before transferring to the Royal Military Police.

He joined 156 Provost Company in January 2002 and served in Sierra Leone and Northern Ireland.

Lance Corporal Keys was a fully trained paratrooper and physical training instructor who played football for the Company.


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