1st Battalion, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry


Lance Corporal Steven Sherwood killed in Afghanistan


The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment (RGBW) was formed in 1994. On 22nd July 2005, the Regiment converted to become a Light Infantry Regiment and was titled The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry (RGBW LI)

Lance Corporal Steven Sherwood, of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry. Was killed on 29 October 2005, in a shooting incident in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. Five others were injured. Lance Corporal Sherwood, was 23, and single. He was from Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. The 1st Battalion's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Nick Welch, made the following statement: "Lance Corporal Steven Gregory Sherwood joined his local regiment, the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry in June 1999. He joined the 1st Battalion in Colchester and shortly after deployed on a two year operational tour to Northern Ireland. Since then he has served in Belize, Jamaica, Norway, Kosovo and Afghanistan. "Steven Sherwood, known to his mates as Shirley, was a thoroughly professional and dedicated soldier who was promoted to Lance Corporal earlier this year. A highly capable field soldier at the top of his profession, he was a key member of his Battalion's close reconnaissance platoon. In Afghanistan he worked as a key member of a tight-knit, experienced and highly professional military observation team. He thrived on the challenges provided by his team's tasks. He travelled with his team to parts of Afghanistan that had not previously been patrolled by the multi-national International Security Assistance Force. "Only the night before he was killed, Lance Corporal Sherwood and his team had assisted at the scene of a traffic accident involving an Afghan National Army patrol and civilian vehicle, where he provided immediate first aid and coordinated the extraction of the injured. "He epitomised all that is excellent about his Regiment. A keen sportsman, his particular talents lay in skiing and football. Lance Corporal Sherwood was renowned for his character and could always be relied on to lighten a situation with his keen sense of humour. He could usually be traced to the scene of an amusing incident, but rarely implicated. He will be remembered by all as a good mate who would never leave a friend and could be counted on to cover his buddies' backs, in the finest traditions of his Regiment. He will be sorely missed by so many of the Regiment who regarded him as a close friend."

Soldiers serving with ISAF’s UK Military Observation Team (MOT) based at Mazar e Sharif’s Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) were involved in a shooting incident, earlier today, during which one soldier died and 5 others were wounded.

The incident took place in front of the Blue Mosque in Mazar e Sharif, when the UK MOT were travelling from the PRT to the Forward Support Base (FSB) in Mazar e Sharif; their two vehicles came under attack from small arms fire. The injured soldiers were evacuated by helicopter to ISAF’s military hospital in Kunduz. A local national interpreter who was also injured, is receiving treatment in the FSB medical facility in Mazar e Sharif.

Joint Statement on the Mazar-e-Sharif incidents: Release #2005-86 29 October, 2005: Kabul, Afghanistan "We received the news this morning that a group of British soldiers of ISAF serving to the Mazar e Sharif PRT were brought under attack by armed people on Darwaz e Shadian Road. Some of these troops were wounded. Local police helped in taking the wounded soldiers to the treatment centre. The police also arrested the group of the attackers with the assistance of other security bodies. They are under detention.  Right after the incident, Eng Zarar Ahmad, acting minister of Interior, and Gen Jaap Willemse, Deputy COM and acting Commander of ISAF discussed the security situation in Mazar-e-Sharif and they condemned this cowardly attack. They said that ISAF troops have come to Afghanistan to assist and help the Afghan people and Armed Forces of Afghanistan to ensure security, strengthen peace and stability and they provide the Afghan nation with their honest support. Afghan people believe that reward for the service of ISAF troops is cooperation and friendship with them, not attacking them, and so cowardly. ISAF Command [HQ] welcomes the rapid reaction of the local police in arresting the attackers and launching the investigation. Ministry of Interior of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan prays for the quick recovery of the wounded soldiers and assures it would not waste any efforts in finding the reasons behind the attack and delivering the culprits to the law."

Lance Corporal Peter Edward Craddock

Lance Corporal Peter Edward Craddock

Death of Lance Corporal Peter Edward Craddock in Afghanistan... 28 March 2006

Lance Corporal Peter Edward Craddock of 1st Battalion The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment in Lashkar Gah, Southern Afghanistan on Monday 27 March 2006.

LCpl Craddock died as a result of a road traffic accident; enemy forces are not thought to have been involved. Our sympathies are with his family and friends at this very difficult time. Lance Corporal Peter Edward Craddock, known as ‘Tinhead’ to his many friends (a reference to his love of biscuits), enlisted into the Army in January 1998 in Reading. He completed his infantry training at the Army Training Regiment Lichfield and the Infantry Training Centre Catterick, before joining the 1st Battalion The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment in September 1998.  During his eight years of service, Lance Corporal Craddock served on operations in Northern Ireland and Kosovo, before deploying to Afghanistan in September 2005. He also took part in exercises in Canada, Belize, Kenya and Jamaica.  Promoted to Lance Corporal in June 2005, he was due to attend a mortar course on his return from Afghanistan to qualify him for further promotion. During the tour of Afghanistan, Lance Corporal Craddock proved most worthy of his new rank, commanding his team calmly and professionally at all times. He was an extremely popular member of both Support Company and the Battalion as a whole. Lance Corporal Craddock's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel David Brown, said of him: "You do not get soldiers any better than Lance Corporal Craddock. His loss on his multiple’s final patrol before completion of their 6-month operational tour of Afghanistan is an utter tragedy. We all felt numb at news of his death. ‘Tinhead’ epitomized the Mortar Platoon; he had a huge character.  "No doubt time will slowly heal our deep sadness. In the meantime the thoughts of the whole RGBWLI Regimental family are with his bereaved family; especially his beloved sister, Amanda, and brother William."