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British soldiers killed in Iraq
Colleagues carry Private Ferns' coffin at the church
The number of soldiers killed in Iraq has risen to 68
Two British soldiers killed in an ambush near Basra in southern Iraq brings the total number of fatalities among UK service personnel during military operations in Iraq to 68.

The first incident occurred at around midnight GMT on 21 March 2003 - the day after the start of the war - when a US Sea Knight helicopter crashed south of the Kuwait border, killing all eight British and four US personnel on board.

The death toll hit 68 18 months later on 28 September 2004 when a military convoy was ambushed south west of Basra, killing two British soldiers.

So who are the servicemen who have died in Iraq?


  • On 28 September, two British soldiers were killed in an ambush near Basra in southern Iraq, the Ministry of Defence said. Troops came under fire as they tried to rescue other soldiers from an armoured Land Rover that had been hit by a rocket propelled grenade.

  • Fusilier Stephen Jones, of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, died in a traffic accident near Al Amarah on September 10. He was 22, married and from Denbigh.


  • On 17 August, Lance Corporal Paul Thomas, of the Light Infantry, was killed in an exchange of fire with insurgents in Basra. He was 29, single and from Welshpool.

Private Lee O'Callaghan with his mother Shirley
Pte Lee O'Callaghan was one of 68 UK personnel who have died in Iraq

  • On 12 August, Pte Marc Ferns, 21, from the Black Watch, was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated on a roadside at Basra. He was from Glenrothes in Fife. Three days earlier, Pte Lee O'Callaghan, from the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment, was killed in Basra during an attack by insurgents. He was 20 and from London.

  • On 4 August, Pte Christopher Gordon Rayment, 22, was killed at Amarah in a "tragic accident". He came from London and was serving with the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment.


  • Flight Lieutenant Kristian Michel Alexander Gover was killed in a helicopter accident at Basra International Airport on 19 July. Aged 30 and unmarried, he was a Puma helicopter pilot serving with 33 Squadron, based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire.


  • One British soldier was killed and two others injured in an improvised explosive device attack on a UK military convoy in Basra on 28 June. Fusilier Gordon Campbell Gentle, 19, served with the 1st Battalion Royal Highland Fusiliers, and was single.


  • On 12 February, Corporal Richard Thomas David Ivell, of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, was killed in a vehicle accident at Shaibah Logistics Base. He was 29, married with three children and came from Doncaster, South Yorkshire.


  • Sapper Robert Thomson, 22, of the Royal Engineers, died in a "tragic incident" at Basra Palace on 31 January. He was from West Lothian.

  • Rifleman Vincent Calvin Windsor, of the Royal Green Jackets, died in a road traffic accident at Al Amarah on 21 January. He was 23, engaged and from Oxfordshire.

  • On 7 January, Lance Corporal Andrew James Craw, of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, died following an incident on a training range near Basra. He was single, 21 and from Clackmannnanshire.

  • A road accident in Baghdad on 1 January left two British soldiers dead. They were Major James Stenner, 30, of the Welsh Guards, and Sergeant Norman Patterson, 28, of the Cheshire Regiment.


  • On 6 November, Private Ryan Thomas, 18, of the Royal Regiment of Wales, was killed in a road accident in Basra. He was from Resolven in Glamorgan.


  • Corporal Ian Plank, 31, a Royal Marines NCO, was killed by hostile fire during an operation on 31 October. He was from Poole.


  • Sergeant John Nightingale, a Territorial Army soldier, of 217 Transport Squadron, died in an incident on 23 September while serving at Shaibah, near Basra. His death, which is under investigation, involved a firearm but was not the result of enemy action.


  • Fusilier Russell Beeston, a Territorial Army soldier in 52nd Lowland Regiment, was killed in an incident in Ali As Sharqi in southern Iraq on 27 August.

  • Three soldiers from the Royal Military Police were killed during an incident in central Basra on 23 August. They were Major Matthew Titchener, Company Sergeant Major Colin Wall and Corporal Dewi Pritchard.

  • On 14 August, Captain David Jones, of Queen's Lancashire Regiment, was killed during a bomb attack on a military ambulance in Basra.

  • Territorial Army soldier, Pte Jason Smith, 32, of 52nd Lowland Regiment, died on 13 August in southern Iraq. The cause of his death is still under investigation but was not the result of hostile action, according to the MoD.


  • Captain James Linton, of 40 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, collapsed and died on 18 July in southern Iraq. He was married with three children.


Sergeant Simon Hamilton-Jewell
Sgt Hamilton-Jewell was shot down at a police station

  • Six Royal Military Police soldiers were shot down at a civilian police station in Al Majar al-Kabir, near Basra, on 24 June. They were Sergeant Simon Alexander Hamilton-Jewell, 41, Corporal Russell Aston, 30, Corporal Paul Graham Long, 24, Corporal Simon Miller, 21, Lance Corporal Benjamin John McGowan Hyde, 23, and Lance Corporal Thomas Richard Keys, 20.


  • Leonard Harvey, 55, a civilian member of the Defence Fire Service, died in a UK hospital on 22 May after falling ill in the Gulf.

  • On 19 May, Corporal David Shepherd, 34, an RAF policeman, died in Kuwait, believed to be from natural causes.

  • Duncan Pritchard, 22, an RAF Regiment Gunner, died in hospital in the UK on 8 May, following injuries sustained in a traffic accident in Iraq.

  • On 6 May, Private Andrew Kelly, 18, from 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, died in an accident.


  • Lance Corporal James McCue, 27, of 7 Air Assault Battalion, was killed in an explosion in southern Iraq on 30 April.

  • On 6 April, a further three soldiers were killed in action in Basra. They were Fusilier Kelan John Turrington, 18, Lance Corporal Ian Keith Malone, 28, and Piper Christopher Muzvuru, 21.

  • Two soldiers from the Household Cavalry Regiment were killed when their armoured vehicle overturned on 1 April. Lance Corporal Karl Shearer died at the scene and Lieutenant Alexander Tweedie died of his injuries in hospital three weeks later.


  • Staff Sergeant Chris Muir, from the Army School of Ammunition of the Royal Logistic Corps, was killed during an explosive ordnance disposal operation in southern Iraq on 31 March.

  • On 30 March three British servicemen died in separate incidents. Lance Corporal Shaun Andrew Brierley, of 212 Signal Squadron, was killed in a road accident in Kuwait, while Christopher Maddison, a Royal Marine, was killed in action during fighting in Basra. The third soldier, Major Steve Ballard, of 3 Commando Brigade, died of natural causes.

Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull
Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull died on 28 March 2003

  • On 28 March, an incident involving light armoured vehicles of D Squadron, The Blues & Royals, of the Household Cavalry Regiment, resulted in the death of Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull.

  • On 25 March, two soldiers from the Queen's Royal Lancers were killed in a "friendly fire incident" when their tank accidentally collided with another tank on the outskirts of Basra. The deceased were Corporal Stephen John Allbutt and Trooper David Jeffrey Clarke.

  • On 24 March, Sergeant Steven Mark Roberts, from 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, and Lance Corporal Barry Stephen, from 1st Battalion The Black Watch, were both killed in action during operations near Az Zubayr in southern Iraq.

  • Flight Lieutenant Kevin Barry Main and Flight Lieutenant David Rhys Williams were both killed on 23 March when their RAF GR4 Tornado aircraft was downed by a US Patriot missile close to the Kuwaiti border.

Sapper Allsopp and Sgt Cullingworth
Sapper Allsopp and Sgt Cullingworth were killed in southern Iraq

  • Also on 23 March, Sapper Luke Allsopp and Staff Sergeant Simon Cullingworth were reported missing and later confirmed as killed after an attack on British military vehicles in southern Iraq.

  • At around 0130 GMT on 22 March, a further six British servicemen died when two Royal Navy Sea King helicopters collided over the northern Arabian Gulf. They were Lieutenant Philip Green, Lieutenant Antony King, Lieutenant Marc Lawrence, Lieutenant Philip West, Lieutenant James Williams and Lieutenant Andrew Wilson, all of 849 Squadron.

  • Eight British service personnel died when a helicopter crashed on 21 March 2003. The Britons, from 3 Commando Brigade, were Colour Sergeant John Cecil, Lance Bombardier Llywelyn Karl Evans, Captain Philip Stuart Guy, Marine Sholto Hedenskog, Sergeant Les Hehir, Operator Mechanic (Communications) Second Class Ian Seymour, Warrant Officer Second Class Mark Stratford, and Major Jason Ward.


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