24 November, 2006

British fatality in Iraq (updated).

Another British soldier has lost his life in Iraq, the 126th. Sergeant Johnathan Hollingsworth is reported to have been a member of the Parachute Regiment undertaking a planned search and detain operation in Basra City earlier today. The Ministry of Defence:

The soldier sustained gunshot wounds during the operation and was evacuated to a nearby military hospital. Despite the best possible medical care, the soldier later died from his injuries.

The soldier was a member of the Parachute Regiment, on secondment to Headquarters Multinational Division South East, Iraq.
Update 25.11.06

The Times has a more detailed account of the action. The Daily Express quotes a Sun story (not on line) that the dead soldier was a member of the SAS. Obituaries will follow in a separate thread.

Update2: 15.12.06
Apologies for the late update, but it does seem that Sgt Hollingsworth was indeed a member of the SAS so, in line with normal MoD policy, no detailed obituary will be issued.


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