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Rupert Stuart Michael Thorneloe
(1969 - 2009)
RIP - Lieutenant-Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, killed July 2009
Rupert Stuart Michael Thorneloe

39 year old Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Stuart Michael Thorneloe was from Kirtlington in Oxfordshire. He was awarded an MBE in 2006 for service on operations in Iraq. . . . . In the summer of 2009 he was serving on operations with the British Army (1st Battalion Welsh Guards) when he was killed whilst on active service in Afghanistan. He was killed by a Improvised Explosive Device at Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. At the time of writing this tribute, he was the highest ranking British soldier to be killed in the Afghan conflict (in fact the highest ranking British serviceman killed in action since the Falklands War). He was commissioned into the Welsh Guards in 1992. . . . He was killed along with Trooper Joshua Hammond on 1st July 2009. Prince Charles who knew Lt Cl Thorneloe was said to be 'mortified' when he heard the news of his death. . . . His funeral ceremony took place at the Guards Chapel in St James's Park, London on Thursday 16th July, with full military honours. Prince Charles was among the mourners in his capacity as the colonel in chief of the Welsh Guards.


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RIP - Lieutenant-Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, killed July 2009
RIP - Lieutenant-Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, killed July 2009  ( photo from a family holiday - source MOD )
Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe pictured here  in Helmand province ( source of photo MOD / PA )
The funeral of Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe

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