Private Whittaker was part of a mine detection team and was killed helping to ensure that large vehicle resupply convoys could reach Forward Operating Bases. The incident occurred during a security patrol to clear a Helicopter landing site. .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. Video, 'Irreparable damage': Italy's ski resorts deserted, Fauci hopes to encourage others by getting vaccine. The wounded men were finally extracted by a Royal Air Force Chinook and US Pave Hawk which landed inside FOB Wishtan, however another soldier died from his wounds as he underwent surgery at Camp Bastion. Ashworth is the 14th person to be awarded the Victoria Cross since the end of the Second World War. Rifleman Nash was covering his comrades from the roof-top of a building in a compound when he was wounded. Then, with reports that the Taliban are close to overrunning Sangin town in Helmand providence, British military personnel were deployed. The only British troops in Helmand are now in their main base at Camp Bastion, which they will leave later this year. [268], On 9 February, Private Lewis Hendry, aged 20, of the 3rd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment was killed by small arms fire when his patrol came under attack in the Nad-e-Ali district of Helmand Province. Britain is expected to cut more troops as the United States withdraws forces British troop levels in Afghanistan have fallen by a fifth in recent months as the UK has shadowed Donald Trump's withdrawal, the Ministry of Defence has disclosed. It was the UK's fifth busiest airfield. Having completed their task and on leaving the compound, they were attacked by small arms fire and fatally wounded. Turkeys, potatoes and mince pies were among the festive food items flown in for the roughly 9,000 British troops deployed in Afghanistan. On 21 March 2012, Captain Bowers was leading a patrol to clear a position of the threat of insurgents when he was killed in the blast from an improvised explosive device. [263], On 1 January, Private Joseva Vatubua, aged 24, of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was killed in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of central Helmand. During the patrol his multiple was engaged by small arms fire and grenades. [250], On 18 September, Sgt Andrew Jones, aged 35, from the Royal Engineers attached to Fondouk Squadron, the Queen's Royal Lancers, died in an explosion in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province. On 7 December, the Fall of Kandahar saw the Taliban driven from its last stronghold. Another British soldier remains in a critical condition following the attack. [15], On 11 June, Captain Jim Philippson, aged 29, from 7 Parachute Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery, was killed in a gunbattle with suspected Taliban militants while he participated in a mobile patrol. After difficult travel through the mountain passes, the British reached Kabul in April 1839. [97], Corporal Robert Deering, aged 33, from the Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday, 21 December 2008. The men were involved in a vehicle movement to the west of Garmsir in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan when the Jackal (MWMIK) they were travelling in was struck by an explosive device and destroyed, killing both men.[111]. [135], Rifleman Aminiasi Toge, aged 26, from 'C' Company, 2nd Battalion The Rifles was killed by an explosion, thought to be from an IED while on a foot patrol near Gereshk, Helmand province, 16 July 2009. On 9 September, Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson, aged 32, of the Light Dragoons, as on patrol with the Afghan Uniform Police in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province. The Victoria Cross was first awarded for actions in the Crimean War of 1854–56, and is the highest British military award for bravery. Despite rapid evacuation to Forward Operating Base Jackson's medical facility and subsequent helicopter evacuation L/Cpl Fellows failed to regain consciousness and was subsequently pronounced dead. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. Early on 12 June 2008, 8 Platoon of C (Bruneval) Company, 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment was engaged by the Taliban north of their base at FOB GIBRALTAR in the Upper Gereshk Valley, Helmand Province. [24], Corporal Bryan Budd, of the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, died in a gun battle with Taliban forces in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, on 20 August. While serving with 4/73 Special Observation Battery, Brigade Reconnaissance Force Tpr Sadler was killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan on 4 December 2007. The two British soldiers and their Afghan interpreter Daoud were part of Light Electronic Warfare Team (LEWT). Guardsman Daryl Hickey from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards was killed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday 12 July 2007. [43], Marine Scott Summers, age 23, of 42 Commando Royal Marines died on Wednesday 21 February 2007 as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic accident earlier that month in Afghanistan. [25] He was subsequently awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions. Despite the best efforts of the medical team, both died as a result of their wounds. Soldiers on the final leg of their flight to Afghanistan, 2010. In 2006, when 16 Air Assault Brigade was sent to Helmand, 85 were wounded in action. Trooper Brett Hall from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment died at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak, on Wednesday 16 September 2009 of wounds sustained in Afghanistan. Rifleman Andrew Fentiman from 7th Battalion, The Rifles was killed by enemy fire while on foot patrol at Sangin, Helmand Province on 15 November 2009. [180], On 14 February, Kingsman Sean Dawson, aged 19, from The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, 2nd Battalion, died after being shot by Afghan forces in an friendly fire incident in Musa Qala in Helmand province. Kingsman Jason Dunn-Bridgeman from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was killed in a firefight with the enemy during a foot patrol in the Babaji district of Helmand province on 13 September 2009. Tpr Munday was driving a Jackal (MWMIK) wheeled reconnaissance vehicle on a routine patrol approximately 23 km north of Forward Operating Base Delhi in Helmand province, Afghanistan when it detonated a contact triggered explosive device. why the British troops were or are involved? [160] This raised UK fatalities since 2001 in this theatre to 239, 102 of these sustained in 2009. [85], Trooper James 'Magpie' Munday, aged 21, from 1 Troop, D Squadron, the Household Cavalry Regiment was killed by an explosion, 15 October 2008. In total, 456 UK troops lost their lives in the conflict - a death rate much higher than that of the conflict in Iraq, or the Falklands war. [73], Warrant Officer Class 2 Dan Shirley of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps was killed while on a Logistic Patrol from Sangin to Camp Bastion when the vehicle he was travelling in rolled over on Friday 27 June 2008. Read about our approach to external linking. His section was conducting a partnered patrol with elements of the Afghan National Army when they were caught in an insurgent ambush. On 11 November, Captain Walter Reid Barrie, aged 41, from 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS) was taking part in a football match between British soldiers and members of the Afghan National Army at Forward Operating Base Shawqat in the Nad-e-Ali district of Helmand province when he was shot at close range by a member of the Afghan Army. The members of the QRF were talking to locals when a 13-year-old boy pushed a wheelbarrow containing an explosive device toward them, which was then detonated killing the marines and killing and injuring a number of children and civilians. [212], On 9 June, Pte Jonathan Monk, from 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, Attached to 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, died in an explosion while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province. [221], On 23 June, Sgt Steven William Darbyshire, aged 35, from Alpha Company, 40 Commando, was shot and killed while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province. Another soldier was injured in the blast and received medical treatment. He was airlifted to the field hospital at Camp Bastion where he was declared killed in action. On 20 November, Private Thomas Lake, aged 29, from 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, was taking part in a patrol to reassure the local population in the Jamal Kowi area of the Nahr-e Saraj district of central Helmand when he was caught in an explosion. [211], On 4 June, L/Cpl Alan Cochran, aged 23, from 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, shot and killed while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province. Attempts to evacuate the injured soldiers were further hampered by IEDs on the possible helicopter landing areas at the scene of the explosion so the men had to be evacuated to the FOB, however more IEDs had been placed by the Taliban on the route back to FOB Wishtan. He was subsequently aero-medically evacuated to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Selly Oak Hospital so his family could be with him when he died. On 9 August, Lieutenant Andrew Robert Chesterman, aged 26, from 3rd Battalion The Rifles, was commanding a vehicle patrol in the Nad-e-Ali district of Helmand province when the lead vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. In 2008, the total number wounded in action was 235. The vast majority of them was since 2006, when the campaign started in the southern Helmand province. [192], On 7 March, Cpl Stephen Thompson, aged 31, from 1st Battalion, The Rifles, serving with 3rd Battalion, The Rifles Battle Group, died in an explosion while on patrol in the Sangin area in Helmand province. They marched unopposed into the Afghan capital city. The incident resulted in a number of casualties, all of whom were extracted to the Bastion Role 3 medical facility where Sapper Walker was pronounced dead. While taking part in Operation Panchai Palang, Bombardier Hopson was part of a patrol tasked to reconnoitre a suitable area for a polling station in the forthcoming Afghan presidential elections. They were based in Forward Operating Base Ouellette in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. During the enemy contact he suffered a gunshot wound. On Saturday 8 December 2007, in southern Afghanistan. [228], On 8 July, Marine David Charles Hart, aged 23, from 40 Commando, Royal Marines, died in an explosion while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province. [118], Lance Corporal Robert Martin Richards from Armoured Support Group, Royal Marines died in Selly Oak Hospital on Wednesday 27 May 2009, from wounds sustained in Afghanistan five days previously. [193], On 7 March, L/Cpl Tom Keogh, aged 24, from A Company, 4th Battalion, The Rifles, part of the 3 Rifles Battle Group, died in a shooting while on patrol in the Sangin area in Helmand province. [186], On 25 February, Rifleman Martin Kinggett, aged 19, from A Company 4 Rifles, 3 Rifles Battle Group, died in a shooting while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province. When he got within 5 metres (16 ft) of the enemy, he was killed as he attempted to throw a grenade. But the MV-22B Osprey aircraft, which can operate as both a helicopter and a turbo-prop aeroplane, escaped. Acting Sergeant Michael Lockett MC, of 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) was killed in Afghanistan on Monday 21 September 2009. As he moved forward to take control of the situation the patrol was engaged by insurgent small arms fire and Lieutenant Chesterman was shot. Acting Serjeant Stuart McGrath, from 2nd Battalion The Rifles was killed as a result of an explosion that happened while on a foot patrol in the Gereshk district, central Helmand province, on the afternoon of 16 September 2009. [8] Sergeant Johnson was subsequently 'Mentioned In Dispatches' for his actions. Discover (and save!) [171], On 11 January Captain Daniel Read, aged 31, from Royal Logistic Corps, 11 EOD Regiment was killed by an IED in Helmand. An emergency response helicopter later took him to the medical facility at Camp Bastion for treatment, but he did not survive his injuries. [270], On 14 February, Privates Dean Hutchinson, aged 23, and Rob Wood, aged 28, both of the Royal Logistic Corps, died when a fire swept through the tent they were sleeping in whilst on overnight duty. [133], Corporal Lee 'Scotty' Scott from EGYPT Squadron, 2nd Royal Tank Regiment was killed in Afghanistan on 10 July 2009 near Nad Ali, Helmand province while taking part in Operation Panchai Palang. [46], Warrant Officer Class 2 Michael Smith, aged 39, from Liverpool, serving with 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery died from injuries sustained when a grenade was fired at the UK base in Sangin, Helmand Province, on Thursday 8 March 2007.[47]. ISAF's role was to oversee the transition to a new government and provide security … Because the bomb had been there for a considerable amount of time, there were no groundsigns to enable its location to be observed. [276], On 31 March, Colour Sergeant Alan Cameron, aged 42, of the 1st Battalion the Scots Guards died at his home in Livingston, Scotland. He was part of an ISAF foot patrol to disrupt insurgent activity in the Khar Nikah region of the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province when he received a fatal gunshot wound. Shortly before 2100 hours local time Corporal Lawrence was taking part in a joint UK–Afghan National Army night patrol in Kajaki, tasked with clearing a number of compounds. [267], On 5 February, Warrant Officer Class II (Company Sergeant Major) Colin 'Tom' Beckett, aged 36, of 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, was killed by a bomb blast in the village of Sheheed in Helmand Province. [230], On 16 July, Senior Aircraftman Kinikki Griffiths, aged 20, from the Royal Air Force, died in a crash while on patrol near Camp Bastion in Helmand province. [255], On 19 October, Acting Corporal David Barnsdale, aged 24, from 33 Engineer Regiment, died in an explosion east of Gereshk, Helmand Province. [244], On 13 August, Lt John Charles Sanderson, aged 29, from G Tobruk Company, 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) attached to 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles Battlegroup, died in the UK after being injured in an explosion within Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand on 13 July 2010. [13], Corporal Damian Mulvihill, 40 Commando Royal Marines, aged 32 from Plymouth. As Serjeant McAleese attempted to assist Young there was a secondary explosion which fatally injured both men. The soldier was patrolling on foot in Musa Qala, Helmand, when he was caught in an explosion and died. [66], Trooper Robert Pearson, aged 22, of the Queen's Royal Lancers. The British troops were in armoured [LTV] vehicles when a taxi swerved into their convoy and a bomber detonated 200Ibs of explosives. [132], Private John Brackpool, aged 27, formally of The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment and serving as a reservist with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, died on 9 July 2009 as a result of a gunshot wound. By the end of 2001, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan had collapsed but an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) remained. [303], On 26 April, Captain Thomas Clarke, aged 30, Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, aged 29, Warrant Officer Class 2 Spencer Faulkner, aged 38, Corporal James Walters, aged 36 and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, aged 26, died in a Lynx helicopter crash in Takhta Pul district within Kandahar Province. [103], Corporal Daniel 'Danny' Nield, from 'S' Company, 1st Battalion, The Rifles, was killed during combat, possibly by friendly fire, on Friday 30 January 2009. [221], On 23 June, Colour Sgt Simon Martyn Horton, aged 34, from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, died in a vehicle accident with three other soldiers while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province. [300], On 23 December, Captain Richard Holloway Royal Engineers (att SBS), aged 29, was killed in combat in the East of Kabul[301], On 5 March, Sapper Adam Moralee, aged 23, from 32 Engineer Regiment, died preparing engineer plant equipment for redeployment within Camp Bastion. Wednesday 5 September 2007. [230], On 13 July, Lt Neal Turkington, aged 26, from 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, shot and killed by an Afghan soldier while on patrol near Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province. He received immediate medical attention before being taken to the Camp Bastion Role 3 Hospital and was later evacuated to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. [299], On 5 November, Warrant Officer Class 2 Ian Fisher, aged 42, from 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, killed by vehicle-borne suicide attack while on patrol. [306], British casualties in Afghanistan have had a major political impact, although not as significant as the impact of British casualties in Iraq. October 2009 - The UK sends more troops - at the peak of the conflict there are 9,500 British troops in Afghanistan. He had endured several operations by the time he had died and an autopsy revealed that his death was directly attributable to the wounds he sustained a year earlier. On 17 November, Lieutenant David Alexander Grant Boyce, aged 25, and Lance Corporal Richard Scanlon, aged 31, both from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards were serving with the Formation Reconnaissance Squadron. Lance Corporal Paul Muirhead, aged 29, of the Royal Irish Regiment, from Bearley, Warwickshire, died of injuries on 6 September, after an attack on 1 September. Major Aziz, a criminal investigation officer in Helmand Police Force. Soldiers on the final leg of their flight to Afghanistan, 2010. [218], On 21 June, Marine Paul Warren, aged 23, from Charlie Company, 40 Commando, died in an blast by a grenade when his patrol base was attacked near Sangin in Helmand province. [246], On 13 August, Sapper Darren Foster, aged 20, from 21 Engineer Regiment, shot and killed in Sangin district of Helmand province. In 2006, British forces moved into Helmand province in the south, one of Afghanistan's most volatile regions. [302] Moralee was killed instantly when the bucket on the earthmover that he and his team were cleaning moved downwards and one of its teeth speared him between the shoulder blades. The British and American presence in Afghanistan was triggered by the attacks on the US mainland on 11 September 2001. [265][266], On 4 February, Ranger David Dalzell, aged 20, of 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, was fatally wounded in an accident at Check Point Ranger in the Nad-e-Ale district of Helmand. L/Cpl Ashworth was a pleasure to command and I will sorely miss his calming influence on the battlefield. While on a foot patrol near Sangin in Helmand Province Fusilier Suesue was fatally injured by a gunshot. Camp Bastion was built in the desert, providing the launch pad for thousands of British service personnel stationed in the south. [176], On 1 February, L/Cpl Graham Shaw, aged 27, from 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, died in an explosion while on patrol near Malgir in Helmand province. [1] The Army has seen the heaviest losses, with 362 fatalities as of 1 May 2013. On Wednesday 14 November 2007 in southern Afghanistan Captain McDermid, who was serving with 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, was leading a joint UK and Afghan National Army patrol to the south of the district centre of Sangin in Helmand Province, during which he was also mentoring an Afghan National Army officer in the leadership and infantry skills that platoon commanders need. [184], On 18 February, L/Sgt David Walker, aged 36, from 1st Battalion Scots Guards, died in after being shot while on patrol in Nad Ali in Helmand province. Consensus on the airfield was that the enemy had laid the IED behind the outgoing patrol, and the vehicle returned to the perimeter along the same route, triggering the explosion. Corporal Barnes was driving a Vector ambulance vehicle when it hit a suspected Improvised Explosive Device. Soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment stand outside their Foxhound vehicles in Kabul (Picture: MOD). [175], On 1 February, Cpl Liam Riley, aged 21, from 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, died in an explosion while on patrol near Malgir in Helmand province. He was fatally injured in the attack. A short while later the patrol reported one casualty from the engagement who was seriously wounded by a blast, the soldier died shortly afterwards. [201], On 7 April, Fusilier Jonathan Burgess, aged 21, from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, 3 Platoon, A Company, died in a shooting while on patrol near the Nad Ali area in Helmand province. Major Birchall was travelling in a Jackal (MWMIK) which was the second vehicle in a group of three which were involved in a routine patrol to deliver supplies and check on his men in the checkpoints around Basharan. He was killed as a result of an explosion while on patrol in Nad-e-Ali District, Helmand Province. [71] Corporal Sarah Bryant is the first woman soldier to be killed in the current operations in Afghanistan. On 22 December, Captain Tom Jennings, aged 29, Royal Marines, died after the vehicle he was travelling in struck an explosive device while on an operation to the south of Kabul. [252], On 25 September, Cpl Matthew Thomas, aged 24, from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, died in an explosion in the Garmsir region of Helmand Province. [260], On 5 December, Private John Howard, aged 23, from 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, died after being shot by a friendly aircraft. British troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan after the signing of a peace deal between the Taliban and the United States. His family were with him when he died. In September 2015, the Taliban briefly captured the northern city of Kunduz in their most significant advance since being forced from power in 2001. When Cpl Deering, who was a Viking Mechanic, approached the disabled vehicle to assess the damage, there was a second explosion which killed him instantly. On 21 March, Captain Rupert William Michael Bowers, aged 26, from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, attached to 2nd Battalion The Rifles, operating as an advisor to the Afghan National Army was killed by a blast from an IED. [202], On 2 May, Cpl Harvey Alex Holmes, aged 22, from 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment serving with 40 Commando Royal Marines Battle Group, died in an explosion while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province. He was captured by the Taliban and executed. About 450 troops remained, their role to train, advise, and assist local Afghan forces. He was travelling in a Jackal (MWMIK) near Sangin when it was struck by an explosive device.[114]. [278], On 15 May, Marine Nigel Dean Mead, aged 19, of 42 Commando Royal Marines, was fatally wounded by an explosion in Helmand province. The insurgency was supported by various tribal groups, and gained momentum after ISAF air strikes led to civilian deaths. Captain Dolan, and the forces that he was attached to, were observing a substantial force of Taliban fighters from the edge of a vantage point, when they came under fire from Taliban mortars. Meanwhile, a UK inquiry into alleged unlawful killings by British troops in Afghanistan, Operation Northmoor, was shut down in 2017 without any charges being brought. Lance Corporal Richard James Brandon, operating with The Light Dragoons Battle Group, was killed as a result of an explosion that happened while on a vehicle move in the Babaji district, central Helmand province, on the evening of 2 September 2009. The gunman attacked the soft-skinned 4x4 vehicle that the soldiers were travelling in, the vehicle was situated just a few hundred yards from the famous blue mosque. [215], On 15 June, Cpl Taniela Rogoiruwai, aged 32, from 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was shot and killed while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province. Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe MBE, aged 39, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, and Trooper Joshua Hammond, who was 18 years old, of 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, died Wednesday 1 July 2009, after their BvS 10 Viking was destroyed in an explosion while the men were engaged in Operation Panchai Palang and were part of a resupply convoy heading toward troops in Babaji, north of Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Provence. And enemy forces are not thought to have been flown in by helicopter to the hospital... 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