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RIP Channing Day

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  1. John A Silkstone United Kingdom

    John A Silkstone General MI.Net Member

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    RIP Channing Day.
    Once again it will be our sad duty to stand with bowhead in memory of another medic lost in action.

    Silky

    A soldier from Northern Ireland killed in Afghanistan has been named as Channing Day from 3 Medical Regiment.

    The 25-year-old British Army medic died alongside a Royal Marine from 40 Commando while they were on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district. They became involved in an "exchange of gunfire" involving "a man who is believed to be a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police".

    The soldier from Comber, Co Down, was a bubbly and sporty teenager who dreamed of joining the army as a schoolgirl, a former teacher said.

    Strangford College acting principal Paul Maxwell said: "She always said she wanted to join the army, she was pretty much focused on wanting to join the army."

    A Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman said: "During a UK foot patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province, there was an exchange of gunfire that resulted in the deaths of a Royal Marine from 40 Commando Royal Marines, a female soldier from 3 Medical Regiment and an Afghan man who is believed to be a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police but who was not wearing uniform at the time.

    "The UK patrol were not working with any Afghan partners at the time. At this stage we do not know what initiated the exchange of gunfire and an investigation is ongoing."

    It is understood the Taliban has issued a statement in Afghanistan suggesting the incident was a "green on blue attack" - carried out by insurgents in Afghan uniforms, but the details are still unclear. There were also reports that it may have been a "friendly fire" incident.
    Sky's Michelle Clifford said local reports pointed to a more complicated sequence of events, although the MoD has not confirmed them.

    "Reports suggest the UK patrol came across an armed man, who they initially thought was an insurgent or member of the Taliban, washing his hands by the river in preparation for prayers. He was challenged by the patrol and responded.

    Clifford said: "We are not sure who fired first. There were suggestions locally that it was the British force...When his unit heard the commotion and gunfire they thought he was coming under attack and responded. And in the ensuing chaos those three individuals died."

    Mr Maxwell said Ms Day was always physically fit and achieved top grades in PE, excelling at gymnastics, trampolining and netball, "It was not just that she was good but that she always showed commitment, she stayed after school and did all the practice," he added.

    Ms Day left school at 16 and Mr Maxwell said he believed she went straight into the Army.
    The acting principal added: "Every pupil is dear to us and I can remember Channing as if it was yesterday, somebody we remember as being young, and still so young, is suddenly killed in such a tragic way."

    Major Laurence Roche, the spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "This is dreadful news for all of us serving in Afghanistan. Our sincere condolences go to their families, friends and colleagues at this time of grief."

    The DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson said: "Very often these medics put themselves in the fire to save the lives of others.

    "It is particularly tragic that this young woman should lose her life in these circumstances."
    Both appeared to have been killed by gunshot wounds, according to reports, but the details have not yet been confirmed.

    An Afghan man who also died is believed to be a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police, but was not wearing uniform at the time.

    Their deaths take the total number of UK service members to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 to 435.

    Meanwhile US forces in Afghanistan confirmed that two American soldiers were killed by a man in an Afghan police uniform - the latest in a series of insider attacks that have seriously undermined trust between the allies.
     
  2. John A Silkstone United Kingdom

    John A Silkstone General MI.Net Member

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    Cpl Channing Day RAMC was laid to rest yesterday in Comber. The funeral was very dignified with a huge turnout of locals. The Veterans Associations with Standards, including the RAMC lined the route.

    The Bearer and Firing Party from 3 Medical Regiment were highly professional and a great credit to our Corps (RAMC)

    By all accounts, Channing Day was an exceptionally brave soldier and an inspiration to all who knew her. On a previous tour she had risked her life several times to save wounded comrades and it is most likely that on this occasion she was doing the same when she was killed.

    Greater Love No Man Hath, and In Arduis Fidelis (Our Corps motto, roughly translated as "Faithful in Adversity") was so apt on this occasion.

    Silky
     
  3. Bombardier

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    R.I.P Brave warrior
     

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