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.