Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Rifleman Mark Marshall killed in Afghanistan

It is with regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Rifleman Mark Marshall from 6th BATTALION, THE RIFLES, serving with 3 RIFLEs Battle Group was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 14 February 2010.
Rifleman Marshall was killed when an IED detonated while he was on a routine foot patrol providing reassurance and security to the local population near Forward Operating Base Inkerman to the north east of Sangin in Helmand province.

Rifleman Mark Marshall

Rifleman Mark Marshall was born in Exeter on 24 March 1980. He went to Saint Peters Church of England High School in Exeter where he gained a BTEC in Public Services before joining the Police as a Community Support Officer.

Rifleman Marshall joined 6 RIFLES, a Territorial Army Battalion, in October 2007 and attended training at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick in October 2008. He completed an Assault Pioneer Cadre prior to mobilising to serve with the 3 RIFLES BG on Op HERRICK 11 in June 2009.

Rifleman Marshall was posted to C Company 3 RIFLES with whom he completed pre-deployment training before deploying to Kajaki in Northern Helmand. He served in Kajaki for two months before his Platoon was sent to occupy a Patrol Base in the northern part of the town of Sangin. Throughout this time Rifleman Marshall was employed as the point man in his patrol, charged with the clearance of the ground of Improvised Explosive Devices.

He leaves behind his mother, Lynn, his girlfriend, Hayley, and his brother and sister, Alex and Jo.

His mother, Mrs Lynn Marshall, paid the following tribute:

"I am hugely proud of my dear and beloved son; he lived life to the full and will be sorely missed by all."

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