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[ Lance Sergeant David "Davey" Walker ]

Lance Sergeant Walker's family paid the following tribute: "We are devastated by the loss of David, who was a terrific husband and father. We are proud of the fact that David was prepared to do his duty helping the people of Afghanistan ; he will be sadly missed by his wife Teresa and by all family and friends."

Lance Sergeant David "Davey" Walker, of 1st Battalion Scots Guards was killed in Afghanistan on 18 February 2010. Lance Sergeant Walker was fatally wounded while conducting a ground domination patrol which was engaged by insurgent fire. He was serving with Right Flank, Scots Guards, attached to Combined Force Nad-e-Ali (North). Lance Sergeant Walker was employed as a Section Commander within Right Flank who had been playing a vital part in Operation MOSHTARAK since 3 February 2010. The Company had experienced considerable success since the beginning of the operation. Lance Sergeant Walker was responsible for commanding and leading a four man 'fire team' in engaging and reassuring the local population as well as defeating the insurgents. The success the Company had been experiencing was in no small part due to the extraordinary leadership and guidance of Lance Sergeant Walker. Lance Sergeant David "Davey" Walker was born in Glasgow on 9 August 1973. He passed out of the Guards Depot in Pirbright in 1993. He immediately joined the 1st Battalion Scots Guards and served in Dungannon in 1994, Belfast in 1996 and on Operation TELIC 5 in Iraq in 2004/2005. Lance Sergeant Walker was also employed as an instructor at ITC Catterick where he excelled in passing on his abundance of experience and wealth of knowledge to the recruits he was training. Lance Sergeant Walker was the absolute epitome of a first class Scots Guardsman who always led his men from the front. He will be remembered for his passion for fishing, football and for Celtic Football Club. He will be missed for his sense of fun, his unselfishness and his unshakable loyalty to his friends. Lance Sergeant Walker never thought of himself first' he was a loving son and brother to all his fellow Scots Guardsmen. He was and always will be forever a Scots Guardsman. The thoughts of every one of his colleagues are with his family and, in particular, his wife Teresa and their family. Lance Sergeant Walker was a man with a great deal of promise. He was fit, strong, smart, enthusiastic and professional in his approach. Indeed, he was everything a professional soldier should aspire to be. Right Flank are enormously privileged to have known Lance Sergeant Walker. He was a great comrade, a brilliant soldier with a very bright future and a great friend to so many. Lance Sergeant Walker's tragic loss has been felt very deeply by those in the Scots Guards who he leaves behind – particularly his platoon and those whom he had served with in the Left Flank. He has left a huge hole in the company that will be hard to fill. Lance Sergeant Walker lived with his family in the Strathclyde area of Glasgow.


Lieutenant Colonel Lincoln Jopp MC, Commanding Officer 1st Battalion Scots Guards, said: "I have known Lance Sergeant Davey Walker ever since he joined the Battalion. In fact, he is so much a part of the Regimental family that it's hard to remember a time when he wasn't around. He was older than the average Lance Sergeant having been out of the Army for a time, but prided himself on always keeping several steps ahead of the younger Guardsman, always on hand to give a bit of fatherly advice and guidance, usually with that glint he had in his eye. "My overwhelming memory of Lance Sergeant Walker was that he was, quite simply, as tough as old boots. I have been with him on operations in Northern Ireland and Iraq and, even as a young Guardsman, he was one of those people you need for the toughest times. Unflinching, steady as a rock and just as hard. He was just what the world would expect when they hear the phrase, 'a Sergeant in the Scots Guards'. "He died during a crucial operation as part of Op MOSHTARAK leading his men in their task of air assault, flying and landing beyond the IEDs in order to extend the reach of the Government forces. Knowing Davey, he'd have seen his mission as being mostly about leading the men of Right Flank as they put themselves in harm's way. A numb pride in his sacrifice is the only relief from the pain of his death. "Right Flank will continue, as they always do, to hold and to enhance the Scots Guards' reputation as they continue with their mission. The whole Battalion mourns the loss of Lance Sergeant Walker and offers our sincerest and deepest condolences particularly to Teresa and to all of Davey's family. Lance Sergeant Davey Walker will never be forgotten. "We honour our fallen." Major Iain Lindsay-German, Company Commander Right Flank, Scots Guards, said: "The Company has lost one of its brightest stars. Lance Sergeant Walker was one of the most inspiring men I have ever met. Universally loved and highly respected by everyone who knew him. He was a true and natural leader of men, the sort of person everyone wanted to be around. "Lance Sergeant Walker had a natural love for life and had an amazing ability to generate and raise morale. Even in the harshest of conditions you would hear him sing well known songs using his own distinctive lyrics, mocking the arduous conditions and tasks which the Company faced. "Lance Sergeant Walker was always at the centre of Company banter, both giving it and taking it with ease and always with a smile on his face. Extraordinarily brave, already on the tour he had placed the lives of others before his own, most notably saving the life of his seriously wounded Platoon Commander. "My heart and the hearts of every man in Right Flank, goes out to his wife and children whom will feel his loss the most. Dearly loved, tragically lost, he will never be forgotten." Warrant Officer Class 2 Andrew Johnstone, Company Sergeant Major, Right Flank Scots Guards, said: "Describing a 'mucker' like Davey is near impossible but the word dependable sticks out. He had a 'can't get me down' mentality. More than just a leader Davey was a listener for his Guardsmen and always gave his commanders a warm fuzzy feeling when tasked. "In the Sergeant's Mess Davey was a great character with his 'work hard play hard' attitude. Fishing was a big part of his life, when he went with his rod and his six-pack he went to chill. "A big family man, he would support you through thick and thin. He always had a fantastic packed lunch for his Sergeant in Waiting. Davey you are the most dependable Lance Sergeant in Right Flank, what a loss. My heart goes to your family. Forever 'blue-red-blue'. Rest in Peace mucker." Lance Corporal Paul Anderson, Right Flank Scots Guards, said: "There are many hard days and times in the life and career of a soldier, none harder than to lose a friend or colleague. Harder yet is the reflection and reminiscence of the times spent with someone you've known and respected for a long time and the realisation that everything is suddenly now in the past tense, with no more present or future. "I first met Davey when he first rejoined the Regiment after a somewhat lengthy career sabbatical, when it had suddenly dawned on him that civilian life wasn't blue-red-blue enough. I had not long joined the Battalion myself when he came back into Left Flank. "The impression Davey made was instantaneous, within the company he was known as a forthright ambitious guardsman with an impeccable turn out, as any Scots Guardsman should be. Davey had a roguish sense of humour which seldom saw him far from the front of any wind ups or foolery; this was one of his strongest character traits. His ability to somehow instantly read people's characters was matched by his speedy witty rebuttals whenever some one tried to put him down, never happy to give up the last word. "We attended the same JNCO Cadre in Mar 2003 at HDPRCC, both of us equally the oldest guys on the course, having just turned 30, Davey dutifully and deservedly picked up the only distinction on the course. As I recall it was a testament to his ambition, if not his ability. This only made his will to succeed stronger which he promptly did. "To Teresa, the kids, his dog Shamrock and his extended family and friends I send my heartfelt condolences and sorrow for the loss of Davey. I know the pain that we are feeling within the company will never be able to match theirs. "To Davey it was a privilege to work and serve with you. See you in the re-org." Sergeant Kirkwood, Right Flank Scots Guards, said: "Those who new Davey Walker new him as a great soldier and a consummate professional; just ask the guys in 10A multiple or the young guys over the years who have asked and received advice from him, usually at the expense of an hour's micky taking. He took all tasks and jobs with no questions, no moans or snipes. "He was the epitome of a great section commander, leading from the front when Lieutenant Murly-Gotto was shot and he risked being shot himself helping him. When I took over as acting Platoon Commander, Davey was the first person I would go to for advice. He is a legend and will forever be in the memory of the Scots Guards. Davey we will drink to you at the end of the tour, so long mate. Kirky." Lance Corporal William Botes, Right Flank Scots Guards, said: "I first met Davey in 2002, I was the crow and he never let me forget it. There is nothing I can say that will do justice to the kind of man he was. All our thoughts are with him and his family. I will never forget you. Rest in Peace." Lance Corporal Michael Little, Right Flank Scots Guards, said: "Davey Walker was the best soldier I have ever seen. As a young Section Commander I watched and learned everything he did, and looked up to him. You would always hear him before you saw him; we loved him as a mate and miss him. My heart goes out to Teresa and the kids who he loved very much and always spoke of. If you ever needed a role model it was definitely Davey." Guardsman Michael Carrick, Right Flank Scots Guards, said: "I commenced training in September 2005 and on arrival at ITC I was met by Davey. He was a Section Commander in 2 Platoon. I was lucky enough to be part of that Section with 11 other 'Jock Guards'. It was Davey's first section which he always spoke of as the mighty 2 section of the 'Jock Guards'. Master Jedi was his name out of combats and he never let you forget it. I am going to miss you mate. Rest in peace Master Jedi." Guardsman Gavin Dickson, Right Flank Scots Guards, said: "Davey was a great man, a Commander and a soldier without a fault, always pushing others to do the best they could and with a smile on their face, even if he had to put it there. He always kept morale high with banter no one could match, telling stories of his exploits in the past or sharing stories of his wife's angelic cooking. I have no doubt that Davey will be sitting in heaven now, he was accepted by every one, kind to all and loved by so many. "The world is sadder for his taking but we are richer for having known him. He loved his wife and children deeply and always talked of them. I will miss him."

[ Corporal Matthew James Stenton (left) and Lance Corporal Stephen Daniel Monkhouse (right) ]

Corporal Matthew James Stenton from the Royal Dragoon Guards and Lance Corporal Stephen Daniel Monkhouse from 1st Battalion Scots Guards were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, 21 July 2010. Corporal Matthew James Stenton (left) and Lance Corporal Stephen Daniel Monkhouse (right) The two soldiers were killed on Wednesday evening when members of The Royal Dragoon Guards and 1st Battalion Scots Guards were providing security to the building of Route Trident in the Basharan, north of Lashkar Gah. Corporal Stenton, of Viking Group, D (The Green Horse) Squadron, was commanding a Viking Armoured vehicle that was part of a cordon to facilitate the exploitation of a number of IEDs and Lance Corporal Monkhouse, of Combined Force Lashkar Gah, was the gunner of a Coyote vehicle when insurgents shot and wounded a member of ISAF. Corporal Stenton manoeuvred his vehicle in order to lay down fire and extract the casualty, and Lance Corporal Monkhouse provided fire support in order to allow the evacuation to take place. Tragically, as the casualty was being extracted, Corporal Stenton and Lance Corporal Monkhouse were both killed by small arms fire.


[ Lance Corporal Stephen Daniel Monkhouse ]

Lance Corporal Stephen Daniel Monkhouse was born in Greenock, Scotland, and lived with his mother, Linda Watt, in his town of birth. He was 28 years old, was a father to Brandon and an older brother to Allan, Ashleigh and Stacey. He began his Army training in December 2003 and subsequently joined the 1st Battalion Scots Guards in Germany in 2004. He immediately deployed as a Warrior Driver in Right Flank on Operation TELIC 5. It was during his time with Right Flank that he developed a reputation as an immensely fit and robust infantry soldier. After a brief spell with B (Support Weapons) Company as a Mortarman, he decided to join the Pipes and Drums despite having, by his own admission, no musical knowledge. He passed his Class 3 Drummers Course in 2007 and his Class 2 Drummers Course in 2008, both at the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming, and with flying colours.  Having passed a Junior Non-Commissioned Officers' Cadre he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal in March 2009. He remained in the Pipes and Drums and regularly represented the Regiment and Battalion at musical events. These events included Pipe Band tours of Moscow in 2007, USA in 2009 and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2006 and 2009. He was also a key member of the Battalion's football team. His unflinching and passionate support for Celtic Football Club could never be dampened. He was selected to be a member of the Commanding Officer's Tactical Group for Operation HERRICK 12 and deployed to Afghanistan at the beginning of July. Lance Corporal Monkhouse's family paid the following tribute to him: "Although Stephen died in very tragic circumstances, it is comforting to know that he died doing a job he loved – being a soldier. He loved the Army and the Scots Guards. "He died trying to help save another life, that sums Stephen up. He loved life and lived it to the full and his memory will live on with us and his friends forever. God bless you son."

Lieutenant Colonel Lincoln Jopp MC, Commanding Officer 1st Battalion Scots Guards, said: "I have known Lance Corporal Monkhouse, or 'Monkey' as he was known by everyone, ever since he walked through the door of my company office in Germany back just before we left for operations in Iraq in 2004. He made an immediate impression. Tall, gangling and with a nose nearly as big as his ever-present smile. "He did well as a Guardsman, but it was only when he moved up into the Pipes and Drums and became Drummer Monkhouse that he really shone. In fact, he excelled. "He passed every course we sent him on and was made a Lance Corporal in 2009. He loved his drumming and only a week before he was killed, he proudly played here in Lashkar Gah for our Colonel, His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent. "Out here in Afghanistan, Monkey was part of my Tactical Group which meant driving around all over the area meeting Afghans and seeing the troops. "He was the heavy machine gunner of our lead vehicle and had not only mastered that role, but was also our expert on detecting Improvised Explosive Devices. Consummate soldier by day and, on his practice pad back in the tent, paradiddler by night. But always a proud father, son and brother, and a true friend to all. "Ten minutes before he was killed, Lance Corporal Monkhouse was eagerly telling me about his plans for R&R. To see his son, to see his family and to see his friends back in Greenock. "The whole of the Battalion and the wider regimental family join me in sending our sincerest condolences to his young son Brandon, his parents Billy and Linda, his wider family and all his many friends. Greenock lost one of its finest last night. "Monkey died coming to the aid of a Guardsman who had been shot. He did what every soldier hopes he will have the courage to do if the need arises: he laid down his life for his friend. We salute him and we honour our fallen."  Pipe Major Brian Heriot, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, said: "Lance Corporal Monkhouse, or 'Monkey' as he was known to his friends, was a shining example of how with determination and ambition you can achieve your goals. He joined the Pipes and Drums in 2007 with no prior experience or knowledge of drumming. "He quickly learned what it takes to be a drummer. He passed his drummers' courses with ease and as well as being proficient on the side drum he also turned his hand to other disciplines in the Drum Corps and would often 'Sling up the Bass' when needed with little difficulty. "The Pipes and Drums are a close knit team and I know I speak for all of the boys when I say we have lost one of our most charismatic and enjoyable characters, always at the forefront of anything that was going on and usually the instigator of any practical jokes. "Monkey's ambition to be Drum Major one day is one that he would have undoubtedly realised given his never faltering sense of determination and drive. The Pipes and Drums have not only lost a fine non-commissioned officer and an accomplished drummer, but a true brother and friend."  Lance Corporal Terry Brown, 1st Battalion Scots Guards said: "Lance Corporal Monkhouse, Monkey to those of us fortunate enough to call him our friend, will be remembered for his infectious sense of humour, always laughing and joking or quoting Lee Evans and Borat. However, he will also be remembered for his love of his son, Brandon, who he absolutely adored. "All he spoke of during this deployment was getting back to see the wee man. He had a great passion for cars and football. "He loved Celtic Football Club and we will always remember Monkey stood in a sea of Rangers fans at a pre-season friendly match between Rangers and Munster; Monkey with his Celtic shirt on singing away and smiling as the boys gave him a ribbing. "A much loved member of the Pipes and Drums, you will be sorely missed my friend."

[ Lance Sergeant Dale Alanzo McCallum ]

Lance Sergeant Dale Alanzo McCallum of 1st Battalion Scots Guards was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 1 August 2010. Lance Sergeant McCallum, who was serving as part of Combined Force Lashkar Gah, was killed by small arms fire whilst commanding his men in an operation to provide security to Afghan local nationals in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province. At approximately 1320 hours, the sangar at his checkpoint came under effective enemy fire from insurgent forces. Lance Sergeant McCallum quickly moved to the sangar and as he was moving into a position to engage the insurgents he received a fatal gunshot wound. Lance Sergeant Dale Alanzo McCallum was born in Hanover, Jamaica. He was 31 years old, was a father to Kevin, a son to Lurline and Paul and a brother to Sandra, Rodney, Denise, Milissa and Montel. He enlisted in the Army in June 1998 and, having completed his infantry training at Pirbright and Catterick, joined 1st Battalion Irish Guards in Germany in March 1999. Lance Sergeant McCallum quickly gained a reputation for being an immensely strong, fit and robust individual. He deployed to Kosovo in 1999 and then to Iraq in 2003 with 1st Battalion Irish Guards Battlegroup. His huge potential was quickly identified and he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal in September 2002, having successfully passed a Junior Non Commissioned Officer's Cadre. When the Scots Guards replaced the Irish Guards, as the in-role Armoured Infantry Battalion, Lance Sergeant McCallum chose to remain behind in Germany as part of the Armoured Infantry Manning Increment. He remained in the Recce Platoon and subsequently deployed on Op TELIC 5 and 11. He passed the Section Commander's Battle Course and he was promoted to the rank of Lance Sergeant in July 2006. Lance Sergeant McCallum excelled on every course that he attended. Having spent six years with the Scots Guards, Lance Sergeant McCallum completed his transfer to the Scots Guards on a permanent basis in September 2009. At the time of his death he had been selected for promotion to Sergeant and was due to be promoted on 1st October 2010. He was already performing the duties of a Platoon Sergeant with the Fire Support Group. He loved this role and thrived on the responsibility he held, especially his responsibility to his men. The Fire Support Group had spent the previous four months increasing the level of security for the people of Loy Adera. En Ferus Hostis


Lance Sergeant McCallum's family paid the following tribute: "Dale was a wonderful father, brilliant brother a loving son. He was cherished and highly respected by everyone that knew him. He will be deeply and sadly missed. We all loved Dale for his easy going attitude and his sunshine smile, for his mannerisms and his charm. "Dale was passionate about life and displayed immense enthusiasm for every challenge he took on. We all love and will miss him dearly and may his soul rest in peace." Lieutenant Colonel Lincoln Jopp MC, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, said: "Lance Sergeant Dale McCallum was a consummate soldier. A veteran of operational tours in Kosovo, and three tours of Iraq, he was a reconnaissance Section Commander and here in Afghanistan, the Platoon Sergeant of a 27-man Fire Support Group. "He was blessed with the most awesome physique. Ten days before he was killed, I spent the night in his immaculately kept Check Point. "While the rest of us sat around eating and chatting after a long, hot day on patrol, Lance Sergeant McCallum a few feet away spent half an hour lifting the most enormous weights I have ever seen. "One of his Guardsmen whispered to me, 'It's not natural, Sir. Even his muscles have muscles'. "Lance Sergeant McCallum had cornered the market in 'Tall, dark and handsome'. "He was a wicked man to go drinking with, despite the fact he never touched a drop, and was always up for fun which usually ending up with him taking his shirt off on the dance floor. "At work, though, he was quiet. I never once heard him raise his voice or lose his temper. He had control. He was also a gentleman. "The whole Battalion has been struck by his loss and we send our sincerest and deepest condolences to his son Kevin, Kevin's mother Edith, Dale's mother Lurline Watson, father Paul McCallum, step-father Errol Watson, and all his wider family and friends. "Lance Sergeant McCallum died when his checkpoint came under fire from insurgents. He did what he has done a hundred times before. He grabbed his rifle and headed for high ground. "We miss him and we honour our fallen." Major Rupert Kitching, Officer Commanding Left Flank, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, said: "With the tragic death of Lance Sergeant Dale McCallum we have lost a true friend, an exceptional soldier and one of life's true characters. "Our deep sense of loss must be incomparable to that of his family and the hearts, thoughts and prayers of every man in Left Flank are with them, his loved ones and friends at this most difficult of times. "Dale had been appointed the Platoon Sergeant of the Fire Support Group and had been selected for promotion in September. "He was multi-talented and worked tirelessly to ensure all his considerable abilities could be put to best use simultaneously. "Dale was one in a million and his boots will be exceptionally hard to fill. He was a phenomenal soldier with considerable experience from his time in both the Irish and the Scots Guards, having spent much of his career deployed on operations. "He revelled in the challenge of Afghanistan and had moulded his multiple into a formidable force that has enjoyed considerable success on the tour to date. "He had already proved to be a formidable Platoon Sergeant at such an early stage with considerable potential; he has been taken from us in his prime. "Dale was a Man-mountain; physically the strongest and most robust man I have ever met but with a true heart, caring deeply for his men. Nothing was too much trouble for him and his deep seated sense of loyalty, professionalism and commitment was praiseworthy. "He was always there with a supportive word, witty comment and cheeky grin. Even when amongst the thick of it there would be a wry smile to provide encouragement. "He threw himself into everything with unparalleled enthusiasm whether on operations, at home or on the dance floor. "I first met Dale on the Battalion's arrival in Germany when he was a member of the Irish Guards Armoured Infantry Manning Increment and had the honour and pleasure of having him as my Scimitar driver in the Scots Guards Recce Platoon. "On a personal level I feel privileged and very lucky to have had him as one of my team for so many years and as a friend. "Dale will be truly missed and our hearts are heavy but more committed than ever to undertake endeavours that he so passionately believed in. "My thoughts and those of Left Flank are with his family in England and Jamaica and especially with his partner Edith and their son Kevin in Germany. "His sacrifice will never be forgotten." Captain Guy Anderson, Adjutant, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, said: "I had the honour of serving alongside Lance Sergeant Dale McCallum for a number of years in Support Company. He was a team player and the team loved him. "Whether it was in the field or on the dance floor, it mattered not, he was quietly and ruthlessly effective. He excelled in everything that he did. "He failed once but I fear that this was an impossible task as it was when he spent a long evening trying to teach me to dance in Münster, Germany. "Always upbeat and looking to grasp the next opportunity that life would throw his way, Dale had that ability to make everything look so easy. "If he did ever find himself in a tricky spot then his charm, smile and wicked sense humour would see him right. "He leaves behind a huge hole in the lives of his family and many friends but nowhere will it be more keenly felt than with his young son, Kevin, and his immediate family. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin and Dale's family at this most difficult of times." Lieutenant Ivar Milligan, Platoon Commander, Left Flank, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, said: "I will remember Lance Sergeant McCallum with great fondness. We shared a small Check Point on the Helmand River which he ran with efficiency and style. "He was the first up in the morning and last to bed, had a permanent smile and a cutting humour. "His time in Afghanistan will be remembered for his inexhaustible patrolling and enthusiasm, meals out of nothing and an unparalleled dedication to our makeshift gym. "He will be sorely missed but he has set the standard to which we should all aspire. "Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones in Jamaica, Germany and the UK and we hope to do him proud with the rest of our deployment." Warrior Sergeant Major Dave Brettle, Left Flank, 1st Battalion Irish Guards, said: "I have had the honour and privilege to have known Dale for all of his Army career, from day one, when he joined the Irish Guards. "Dale was always the one with a smile on his face, even under the most ardent circumstances. He was an excellent soldier, and a very good friend. "He excelled in everything he did and will be sorely missed by everyone. "I pass on my condolences to his family and friends on behalf of myself and all Irish Guardsmen currently serving with the Scots Guards in Afghanistan. God Bless, Dale. Quis Separabit." Sergeant Tony Gibson, 11 Platoon Sergeant, Left Flank, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, said: "Lance Sergeant Dale McCallum, the man with the infectious smile brightened up any situation, ever professional and ever patient: a gentle giant. "The model professional who always strived to better himself and his boys, reflected in his considerable work with the Fire Support Group out here on operations. "Such a great and true friend to so many and of a rock of support to myself; we have lost a bright star, he will be greatly missed." Sergeant Lee Paxton, 12 Platoon Sergeant, Left Flank, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, said: "I first met Dale McCallum on the pre course for Platoon Sergeant's Battle Course in June 2008; I had known he had been in the Battalion for some years but I'd never really met him. "As soon as you met Dale you liked him as he was one of those guys that you just got on with. "Dale was a non-drinker; I was always told never to trust a non-drinker but Dale was one of those that you could trust with anything. There has been many a night that Dale has brought me home in his car. "Dale loved his young boy Kevin who lived with his mother Edith in Germany; Dale would carry pictures of Kevin in his wallet everywhere he went. "He would always buy Kevin presents from whatever part of the world he had been in and take them to Germany for his son. "Dale will leave a huge gap in the lives of everybody he ever met. He was loved by all. "He will be deeply missed by everyone in the Battalion our thoughts and prayers go out to his son Kevin and family."