The King's Royal Hussars

 Lance Corporal Alan Brackenbury Aged 21

Cpl Brackenbury died instantly in the early hours of Sunday 29 May 2005, during an incident to the South of Al Amarah, Iraq. when his patrol was attacked by a roadside bomb as it drove to a meeting with the Iraqi Border Police. He was in the first of three land-rovers in the patrol when it was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device. The explosion killed Cpl Brackenbury and injured four other soldiers - all of whom were rapidly evacuated by helicopter. Cpl Brackenbury was declared dead on his arrival at the medical facility in the nearby British Camp. 

Cpl Brackenbury was serving with A Squadron, part of the 1 STAFFORDS battle group in Iraq. Cpl Brackenbury was from East Riding, Yorkshire. He joined the Army in 2000 and was promoted to Lance Corporal in 2005. Commanding Officer of the King's Royal Hussars Lieutentant Colonel Toby Bridge said: "Cpl Brackenbury's death is a desperate loss to his family, and his girlfriend, and a tragic blow to his friends. "Cpl Brackenbury lived life to the full. He had a passion for racing, football and fishing.

Above all we will remember his tremendous sense of humour, and fun, and his willingness to try something new. I was utterly delighted in March when Cpl Brackenbury was promoted from Trooper at the early age of 20. He was definitely a man of the future. "Cpl Brackenbury was hugely popular and a real contributor to whatever he undertook. 

His death will be felt by all those who have been privileged to serve alongside him." "On behalf of all his comrades in the Regiment and the STAFFORDS Battle group I want to offer our condolences to his family and girlfriend and to say that you are all in our thoughts and prayers."

L/Cpl Brackenbury

On Wednesday 8th June 2005, Lance Corporal Alan Brackenbury of A Squadron, King's Royal Hussars, was repatriated from Iraq in a C17 to RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire.  Members of the King's Royal Hussars acted as pall bearers.