Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Corporal Stephen Thompson killed in Afghanistan

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Corporal Stephen Thompson from 1st Battalion The Rifles (1 RIFLES), serving as part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group, was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 7 March 2010.

Corporal Thompson died as a result of an explosion in an area 3km south of Sangin district centre, Helmand province.

Corporal Stephen Thompson

Corporal Stephen Thompson, from Bovey Tracey, in Devon was born in Cleveland on 11 August 1978.

He enlisted in the Army in January 1997 and was sent to be trained at the Army Training Regiment in Lichfield, completing his course in October that year. He joined the 1st Battalion The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment where he successfully completed a Junior Non Commissioned Officers' Cadre earning him promotion to Lance Corporal.

Corporal Thompson then completed the Section Commanders Battle Course before being posted to the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick to train recruits. He returned to 1 RIFLES in January 2010 before volunteering to deploy as a Battle Casualty Replacement for 3 RIFLES.

Corporal Thompson joined A Company (A Coy) 3 RIFLES in February and was working with 2 Platoon out of Patrol Base Almas in Sangin when he was tragically killed while on patrol by an improvised explosive device (IED).

He leaves behind his mother and father, Carol and Peter, brother, Philip, sisters, Claire and Helen, and his son, Ewan.

His parents have made the following statement:

"We are so very proud of our son Stephen and all that he achieved. He lived life to the full and died doing the job he loved.

"He will be sorely missed by his mum and dad, brother and sisters, his son, Ewan, and all of those who had the pleasure of knowing him. Always in our hearts."

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Kitson, Commanding Officer 3 RIFLES Battle Group, said:

"Corporal Stephen Thompson joined us just over a month ago, thirsty for operational experience having spent two years instructing recruits at Catterick. I couldn't have asked for a better Non Commissioned Officer to come out and take command of one of my sections. Enthusiastic, professional and brave, he was a great influence on the section he was commanding, and on his new platoon.

"Go-getting and committed, he embraced the challenge of operating in one of the most demanding environments, within this most demanding of operational theatres. Dedicated to his job, his only thoughts were for the effectiveness of his team in bringing a better future for the oppressed people of Sangin.

"In the short time he was with us, Corporal Thomson had made a lasting impact. His loss is another blow to this Battle Group and our nation but we shall continue his noble work undaunted. He will be sorely missed by those in 2 Platoon but also across the whole Battle Group.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his son Ewan, his parents and his loved ones. We know that they will remember him as we do, with pride and nothing but admiration."


  1. May he now R.I.P: Prayers and thoughts are with his family friends and colleagues at this time. God Bless you All. x

  2. r i p stephen our thoughts are with you and your family..jackie & joe & family

  3. shocked to hear this as was with him at lichfield in 1997. I remeber him vividly r.i.p mate

  4. On rememberance day we each were given a poppy with a name of a solider, Stephen was on my Poppy. A story like Stephens makes me feel so pround of those fighting for our country. a true hero and my thoughts are with his family today.