Kosovo


Trooper Adam Slater. Aged 24

The body of Trooper Adam Slater, killed on 13 April 2001 by an antitank mine whilst on a peacekeeping patrol in Kosovo, was returned to the UK on Saturday 21 April 2001, with full military honours.

 

Trooper Slater, aged 24, was killed when his Scimitar reconnaissance vehicle struck the mine. Two other crew members in the vehicle survived, suffering minor injuries. Adam Slater was serving with C Squadron of 9th/12th Royal Lancers part of Taskforce Cambrai, recently formed by KFOR to reinforce security along the Kosovo/Macedonia border.

 

 

His coffin was received by a Guard of Honour at RAF Lyneham. His funeral will be held near his home town of Felstead at the church where  he had planned to marry. His squadron commander paid tribute to his exemplary professionalism - he passed out from basic training in August 1999 as best recruit - and his popularity amongst colleagues. Since Taskforce Cambrai deployed to the border area, there has been a marked improvement in the security situation.


Army Air Corps


RAF Puma crashes in Kosovo Flight Lieutenant Mark Maguire and Captain Andrew Crous

Two Servicemen were tragically killed when an RAF Puma crashed in Kosovo on 9 April 2001. Flight Lieutenant Mark Maguire and Army Air Corps Captain Andrew Crous died when their helicopter crashed near Kranacia in southern Kosovo. Five other Service personnel aboard were injured, there are no indications whatsoever that hostile action was involved. It would appear that the aircraft had to execute an emergency landing in bad weather and mountainous terrain. 

The aircraft's home base is RAF Benson.

The King's Regiment

Corporal Chris Bond

Cpl Chris Bond.

Corporal Chris Bond, 1st Battalion The King's Regiment, died in a road traffic accident while on duty in Kosovo. Aged 28, Corporal Bond was killed in the accident while leading a Land Rover patrol near Glogovac in the early hours of 19 October. He came from Wythenshawe in Manchester, and had served with the King's Regiment since November 1997. During his career, he had deployed on operational tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Kosovo, and on exercise to both Kenya and Canada.  After two years spent in a rifle company, Chris Bond moved to the Anti-Tank Platoon in 1999. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in December 2000, followed by Corporal in June 2003, and had qualified for promotion as a Milan Detachment Commander. Upon his return from operations in Iraq in 2003, he volunteered to deploy to Kosovo as a team commander with the Brigade Surveillance Company. This was a demanding job for which his drive, determination and enthusiasm were ideally suited. The Battalion's Adjutant, Captain Edward Henebury, said:  “Chris was an intelligent, articulate and enthusiastic soldier. In his spare time he took a keen interest in physical fitness and divided his time between training and following the fortunes of Manchester City Football Club, of which he was an avid supporter. “As a leader, he was quiet and unassuming, but this hid a keen sense of humour and a fierce determination to succeed. He was held in high esteem by all who knew and served with him.  “Cpl Bond was ambitious and rightly so. Throughout his short career, he never hesitated to rise to new challenges and take them in his stride. He is a great loss to the Battalion and will be sorely missed by all whom had the pleasure to serve with him."