Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The Grieving Goes on

Sergeant Barry John Weston, Kilo Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, was killed while leading a patrol operating near the village of Sukanda in southern Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province yesterday.  He was 40 years old and from Reading.

As at 30 August 2011 a total of 380 British forces personnel have died while serving in Afghanistan since the start of the war in October 2001.

Since 2006 to date there have been 253 soldiers recorded as Very Seriously Injured or Wounded. VSI is the definition the MoD uses where the patient's condition is of such severity that life or reason is imminently endangered.

Sgt Weston will be the first soldier to be repatriated via RAF Brize Norton.  I trust the family will be taken care of with  similar support and understanding as was provided by the good people of Wootton Bassett in recent years.



Anonymous said...

You typo'd your dates, FYI.

Captain Haddock said...

RIP Royal .. Stand at Ease, Stand Easy, You have been relieved ..

WitteringsfromWitney said...

SR, you and your readers may find the following of interest:

subrosa said...

Corrected slamlander. Thanks.

subrosa said...

Thanks for the link WfW.

Peter Melia said...

You say that every second counts. But a second is too short to do anything in. Try it. Count a second. What on earth could you do with that tiny speck of time? Nothing. Therefore when we talk of seconds, we are talking of thoughts, because with our brains magical time expanding capability we can think of seconds for hours, days, years even. But if we are talking of our thoughts, as living forever, we are also talking about our ideas, and of course, ideas do, truly exist and last forever.So therefore it is our ideas which live for ever. Now, in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which if you are following this, has a discrete life of it's own, because Adams, well, thought about it, the Earth is destroyed by Vogons.
Therefore the destruction of the Earth has already happened, so what are we doing discussing this? Aren't we dead already?
I Am Replete.

subrosa said...

Peter, it only takes a second for a bullet, knife or other weapon to disrupt a main artery.

I think your comment belongs to TT's post though. :) Never mind.

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