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Aden Emergency (1963-1967)
JEWKES Edward Barrymore aka Barry
Captain P/466788, B Company, 3rd Parachute Regiment. Killed by a rebel sniper in the Radfan 5 May 1964. Aged 25. Born 25 September 1938. Buried in MAALA CEMETERY, Aden. Row N. Grave 4.

Note: 3 Para, in May 1964, were involved with counter-insurgency operations against dissident tribesmen occurred with 45 Commando in the Radfan Mountains north of Aden. The Wadi Dhubson previously considered impregnable to Europeans was taken and 200 square miles of mountainous terrain and villages dominated in an internal security operation that cost the battalion one killed and seven wounded.

Falklands Conflict (1982)
FOULKES Frank
Mechanic, 'Alantic Conveyor', Merchant Navy. Died when Atlantic Conveyor was hit by an Exocet Missile 25 May 1982. Resident Great Plumpton, near Kirkham, Lancashire.
Afrghanistan (2010)
DALE Tomas James
Private 8529517, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. Killed in action 20 August 2010 in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. Aged 21.
Modern Day Conflicts
THORNTON Lee Darren
Gunner 25119791, Royal Artillery. Died 7 September 2006. Aged 22. Born 25 November 1983. Buried in CARLETON CEMETERY, Stocks Lane, Poulton-le-Fylde, Blackpool. Section FF. Grave 204.
WHITESIDE Christopher
Trooper 30050674, Light Dragoons. Died 7 July 2009. Aged 20. Born 22 August 1988. Buried in PARK CEMETERY, Regent Avenue, Lytham, Lancashire, FY8 4AB. Church of England Section. Grave S320.
VC or GC Recipients
BOUGHEY Stanley Henry Percy

Second Lieutenant, 1st/4th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Died of wounds sustained during VC action at Ramleh, Palestine, 4 December 1917. Aged 21. Born 9 April 1896 in Ayrshire, Scotland. Second Lieutenant Awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.). Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Plot XX. Row A. Grave 1.

V.C. Citation

Extract from the "London Gazette," dated 12th February, 1918, records the following

"For most conspicuous bravery. When the enemy in large numbers had managed to crawl up to within 30 yards of our firing line, and with bombs and automatic rifles were keeping down the fire of our machine guns, he rushed forward alone with bombs right up to the enemy, doing great execution and causing the surrender of a party of 30. As he turned to go back for more bombs he was mortally wounded at the moment when the enemy were surrendering."

SMITH Alfred Victor

Second Lieutenant, "D" Coy. 1st/5th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Died 22 December 1915. Aged 24. Son of William Henry and Louisa Smith, of The Chief Constable's Office, Town Hall, Burnley. Born at Guildford. Awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.). Buried in TWELVE TREE COPSE CEMETERY, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Grave lost, Speciasl memorial Row C. Grave 358.

V.C. Citation

Extract from the "London Gazette," dated 3rd March, 1916, records the following

"For most conspicuous bravery. He was in the act of throwing a grenade when it slipped from his hand and fell to the bottom of the trench, close to several of our officers and men. He immediately shouted out a warning, and himself jumped clear and into safety, but seeing that the officers and men were unable to get into cover, and knowing well that the grenade was due to explode, he returned without any hesitation and flung himself down on it. He was instantly killed by the explosion. His magnificent act of self-sacrifice undoubtedly saved many lives."

Last updated 30 July, 2018

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