Afghanistan, August 2011, Sergeant Barry John Weston, 42 Commando, Royal Marines
Killed while leading a patrol in Helmand province, he joined the Royal Marines in 1991 and served in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Iraq. He distinguished himself as a reconnaissance operator, platoon weapons instructor and recruit troop sergeant. He leaves behind his wife and 3 daughters. Royal Marines have served with distinction in every British conflict since World War 1.
Falklands War, May 1982, HMS Coventry
Placed in a very exposed position, the crew of this destroyer already knew they were in great danger as they endeavoured to protect the main British fleet from air attack. After shooting down several enemy aircraft, she was eventually sunk by 2 bombs from Argentine aircraft. 19 of her crew were lost and a further 30 injured.
Mediterranean Sea, April 1942, HMS Upholder
HMS Upholder was the most successful British submarine of World War II. Operating from Malta in conditions of extreme danger and discomfort, she sank 2 destroyers, 3 submarines, and 16 merchantmen supplying the German armies in North Africa. She was reported overdue on 14 April 1942 on her 25th war patrol and it is believed she was destroyed by depth charges from an Italian patrol boat. She was lost with all 31 members of her crew including her Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Malcolm David Wanklyn who had already won the VC for his bravery. The Royal Navy lost 73 submarines in World War II and suffered the highest casualty rate of any of the British fighting arms.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
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