Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Hardly mentioned in the media today is the death of a British soldier from the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, who was killed in an explosion in the clearance of an area to the south of Nhr-e Saraj, Helmand province yesterday morning.
Now 350 families have suffered the loss of their loved one who chose to join the military.
From 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2010, available central records show that:
1,580 UK military and civilian personnel were admitted to UK Field Hospitals and categorised as Wounded in Action.
2,991UK military and civilian personnel were admitted to UK Field Hospitals for disease or non-battle injuries.
232 UK personnel were categorised as Very Seriously Injured from all causes excluding disease.
240 UK personnel were categorised as Seriously Injured from all causes excluding disease.
4,171 aeromedical evacuations have taken place for UK military and civilian personnel injured or ill in Afghanistan.
Aeromedical evacuations involved injuries which cannot be treated in a Field Hospital and require specialist medical treatment.
The definitions of categories can be read here.