Our heroes – families united in honor of killed soldiers

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Families of Armed Forces personnel who were martyred in the line of duty will come together on Sunday to commemorate.

Those interested will attend memorial services to honor their loved ones.

Hundreds of relatives will join remembering their ultimate sacrifice while serving their country.

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Descendants of those who served in the First and Second World Wars will also pay their respects.

Few of those who survived these wars survive, and only a handful will attend the rituals.

The families of Sergeant Matthew Telford and Corporal Jimmy Major, Grimsby and Cleethorpes, respectively.



Jimmy Major was killed while serving in Afghanistan
Jimmy Major was killed while serving in Afghanistan

They are one of nine soldiers in north Lincolnshire who were tragically killed in recent conflicts.

Kleethorpes Major of the Guard Jimmy and Sergeant Matthew Telford , from Scartho Top, was killed in November 2009.



Matthew Telford Park, a street that runs through Scartho Top
Matthew Telford Park, a street that runs through Scartho Top

Both men in the Grenadier Guard were killed along with three other soldiers when they were shot by a rogue Afghan policeman on November 3 that same year.

The war in Afghanistan came to an end when Allied Forces were ordered to leave Kabul hastily, as Taliban Forces took control of the war-torn nation at the end of August this year.

Marine Spear Commander Mathew Ford He died from Immingham in January 2007 – our first hero killed in Afghanistan.



Lance Corporal Mathew Ford of Immingham killed in Afghanistan
Lance Corporal Mathew Ford of Immingham killed in Afghanistan

The 30-year-old was shot dead during an attack on a Taliban Fortress in Helmand Province.

Like Guard Major and Sergeant Telford, he has a path named after him.

Soldier Robert Pearson Cleethorpes was also killed in Afghanistan in April 2008.



Robert Pearson, soldier killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan
Robert Pearson, soldier killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan

The death of the 22-year-old at the wheel of a Viking personnel carrier in a roadside bomb explosion led to the launch of the larger and more heavily guarded Mastiff.

Cpl Graeme Hard He died in March 2009 at the age of 24. The Keelby soldier of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers was one of two killed in an explosion in the Garmsir district of southern Helmand on 15 March.



Graeme Stiff, 24-year-old Grimsby, was killed in Afghanistan, Queen's 1st Brigade in March 2009.
Graeme Stiff, 24-year-old Grimsby, was killed in Afghanistan, Queen’s 1st Brigade in March 2009.

The last casualty of the war marine engineerCharlie Warrenderfrom North Thoresby, a former student at King Edward VI Grammar School in Louth.

Charlie’s ship, HMS Richmond, was stationed in the Indian Ocean as part of the Combined Task Force conducting counter-terrorism and drug trafficking patrols.

On Friday 29 May 2015, HMS Richmond docked in Seychelles for the weekend to host a Major Defense Engagement Event organized by the British High Commission to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday. Celebrations were held on the ship and on the island.

Toward midnight, Charlie escorted his shipmate Junaid to the ship. After dropping off Junaid near HMS Richmond, Charlie took a taxi back to the Boardwalk bar. Charlie never showed up at the bar again, and his body was found the next morning within sight of HMS Richmond about 100 meters from where Junaid had gotten out of the taxi.

Forensic testing showed that Charlie had ingested large amounts of pure heroin. Experts revealed that it was injected by a skilled person using a fine needle. A few days after Charlie’s death, HMS Richmond participated in a series of drug raids, intercepting six boats carrying £400m worth of heroin.



Marine Engineer Charles Warrender killed in Seychelles
Marine Engineer Charles Warrender killed in Seychelles

The following month, Charlie’s funeral was held with full military honors in Grimsby, and he was buried with Matthew Telford and Robert Pearson in the military section of Scartho Road cemetery.

His mother, Kate, said: “Losing Charlie has been the biggest upset of our lives and every day is tough – but some are harder than others. Memorial Sunday and Charlie’s birthday are two of those days. This year Memorial Sunday is November 14th, which is Charlie’s 29th anniversary. It would be his birthday.”

Honor will also be paid to those killed while serving in Iraq.



Captain David Jones of Louth killed in Basra, Iraq
Captain David Jones of Louth killed in Basra, Iraq

Captain Dai Jones He died in August 2003 when his ambulance was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

He was being taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during a riot.

Captain Jones, 29, known as Dai of the 1st Battalion of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, was given stitches after being struck by a stone during a mutiny caused by electricity and fuel shortages.

While being taken to a field hospital in Shayba, just outside the city of Basra, a roadside bomb exploded.



Flight Lieutenant Andrew Smith died in an RAF Hercules crash in Iraq in 2005
Flight Lieutenant Andrew Smith died in an RAF Hercules crash in Iraq in 2005

Flt Lt. Andrew Smith He was the co-pilot of a Hercules plane when it crashed on January 30, 2005, on what was said to be a routine flight from Baghdad, Iraq, to ​​the US base in Balad in the country.

Cleethorpes, 25, was a former Matthew Humberstone student.

Enemy fire pierced one of the fuel tanks. The tank exploded, blowing off one of its wings and tragically killing all 10 people on board.



Trooper Kristen Turton, 27, of the Queen's Royal Lancer Battlegroup in Iraq in 2007
Trooper Kristen Turton, 27, of the Queen’s Royal Lancer Battlegroup in Iraq in 2007

Soldier Kristen Turton He was also killed in Iraq. The Holton-le-Clay soldier served alongside the Queen’s Royal Spears.

He died in battle in April 2007 when his vehicle crashed into a roadside bomb.

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