Thursday, December 24, 2009

Lance Corporal Tommy Brown killed in Afghanistan

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Lance Corporal Tommy Brown from The Parachute Regiment was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday 22 December 2009.

Lance Corporal Brown died as a result of a suspected Improvised Explosive Device while on a foot patrol about 1km south of Sangin, central Helmand Province, Tuesday afternoon.

Lance Corporal Tommy Brown was a dynamic, optimistic and talented soldier and sportsman for whom no challenge was too great.

He relished responsibility, and was never found wanting. In all that he did, he displayed the easy confidence of a natural leader.

He was enthused by soldiering and proved time and again able to inspire those he commanded to emulate his own rigorous professional standards.

His cheeky grin and easy wit were never far from the surface, especially when things were tough. He died as he lived, leading from the front; the only place that someone like Tommy knew.

A spokesman for the regiment said:

“He gave his life for his comrades and the Parachute Regiment, both of which meant so much to him. His passing is a sad day for us, but every member of the Unit is privileged to have known such a likeable, grounded and utterly professional man. We are deeply honoured to have served alongside him.

"Our thoughts and prayers now turn to his family and friends at this most difficult time. We hope that in the midst of their profound loss, they can draw strength from the fond memories that we all share of this fine man.”


  1. I never was fortunate enough to meet this brave young man. My thoughts are with his comrades at arms, his friends and his family. I sit with my family in the comfort of knowing that there are many other brave souls defending the freedom that we enjoy and take for granted so much of the time. I hope that in the fullness of time it will become apparent that the benefits of the ultimate sacrifice is apparent.

    RIP brave soldier. I am so sad to see another brave young life lost like this. Old age will not weary you, nor the years condemn.

  2. i just cant believe ure gone i have known u since u were 4 yrs old u were so brave tommy my heart goes out to stacey n the kids n ure mum linda n tam n wee jonny u will be missed wee pal xxxxxx take care of stephen when he is in afgan xxxxx
    love donna xxxxx

  3. rip tommy boy gbnf xx

  4. I met Tommy as a young lad, I now read about the man. A man people were proud to call a friend and rely on in times of trouble. My heart goes out to Linda,Tam and Jonny at this sad time.
    Listen to the wind and you will hear him whisper.
    Feel the breeze and you know his touch.
    As long as he is in your heart he will never be gone.
    David Brolly and family

  5. helped tommy on his journey back home to his final resting place ...never served with him but from the men that were at his repat i know he was well respected easy brother ..JB