1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards

Guardsman Anthony John Wakefield Died 2nd May 2005

Guardsman Anthony John Wakefield

Guardsman Anthony John Wakefield, a married father of three from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, died as a result of wounds sustained during a routine patrol in Al Amarah, Iraq. In the early hours of the 2nd May 2005. He was 24. His Company of the 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards is currently serving alongside 1 Staffords (Staffordshire Regt.) in Maysan Province, Iraq. The Commanding Officer of 1 Staffords, Lt Col Andrew Williams has paid tribute to Gdsm Wakefield’s professionalism:

Guardsman Anthony John Wakefield

Ann Toward, widow of soldier Anthony Wakefield with her children...

"May I start by expressing my most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Gdsm Wakefield."  Gdsm Wakefield died in the early hours of 2 May 2005 as a result of wounds sustained during a patrol in the town of Al Amarah, Southern Iraq." He was acting as the top cover sentry in the second of a two vehicle patrol when what appears to have been an Improvised Explosive Device detonated, disabling the vehicle and injuring another soldier." Despite receiving first aid at the scene and in the helicopter that evacuated him, he sadly died of wounds shortly after being attended by the doctor at the Battle group’s base just outside the town. "Gdsm Wakefield was a supremely fit and popular soldier who died doing his duty and amongst his friends. A proud Coldstream Guardsman, he was attached to the Staffords Battle group and had made many friends during his time with us." To all those who were lucky enough to know him, it was clear that he loved his duty and had a very bright future ahead of him. He was already a qualified Physical Training Instructor and had been selected to attend a course for promotion at the end of the 6-month tour. "Gdsm Wakefield will be sorely missed by a great many people and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

Guardsman Anthony  James Wakefield to RAF Brize Norton from Basra Airport, Iraq on 6th May 2005

Guardsman Anthony  James Wakefield to RAF Brize Norton from Basra Airport, Iraq on 6th May 2005

FAMILY and friends have attended the funeral of Coldstream Guardsman Anthony Wakefield, who died in a bomb explosion in Iraq. Gdsn Wakefield, 24, who was based in Aldershot Garrison, was in the south of Iraq serving with 12 Mechanised Brigade when a bomb exploded under his vehicle. He was on patrol near Al Amarah when the explosion went off and although he received emergency first aid at the scene he died from his wounds on May 2. He was the first British soldier killed in the British-controlled southern section of Iraq since September last year. Gdsn Wakefield was stationed at Aldershot’s Lille Barracks for two years and originally came from Newcastle, having joined the Army on St George’s Day eight years ago.

Sergeant Chris Hickey Killed Thursday 18th October 2005

Sergeant Chris Hickey of the 1st Battalion the Coldstream Guards: Sergeant Hickey died as a result of injuries sustained from a roadside bomb at approximately 2320 hrs local time in Basra, Iraq, on Tuesday 18 October 2005. The Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards Battle Group, Lieutenant Colonel Nick Henderson, has made the following statement: "I regret to announce that late last night a British Army Patrol was attacked using an Improvised Explosive Device in Basra City, Southern Iraq. At the time of the attack the Patrol Commander, Sergeant Chris Hickey, had moved forward on foot to reconnoiter a route for the patrol and as such he was severely injured in the blast. He was given first aid at the scene before being evacuated by ambulance and helicopter to the British Military Hospital in Shaiba, where, despite the best efforts of all those involved in treating him, he was declared dead on arrival. "Chris joined the Coldstream Guards in 1993 where he immediately made his mark as a capable and reliable individual. He was to maintain this impression throughout his service in the Regiment as he promoted through the ranks, always displaying great commitment and efficiency in everything he did. In so doing he set a fine example to those of all ranks who served with him; it is significant that at the time of his death he was, as ever, leading his men from the front. A bright future in the Army beckoned and he would undoubtedly have gone far in the profession that he had chosen and that he loved. He was the epitome of a professional soldier. "Chris was more than just this. He was a fun-loving and warm hearted character who always displayed an irrepressible cheerfulness; however bad things were Chris could always raise a smile. He had a certain spark that brought out the best in people and this, coupled with his infectious sense of humour, could be relied on to lighten any situation. To him things were always good, or, as he would put it, 'Canny'. "We are also keenly aware that Chris was not just a comrade and friend to those of us who were fortunate enough to serve alongside him; he was also a loving husband and son. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, parents, family and friends at this tragic time."