Friday, June 11, 2010

Private Jonathan Monk killed in Afghanistan

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Private Jonathan Michael Monk from 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, attached to 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday 9 June 2010.

Private Monk was caught in an explosion and killed during a foot patrol to clear an area of improvised explosive devices to increase local national freedom of movement.

Private Jonathan Michael Monk

Private Jonathan Monk was 25 years old and from London. He joined the Army in 2001 aged 16 and joined the 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment following completion of basic training.

Initially in 6 Platoon, B Company he completed tours of Iraq in 2005 and Northern Ireland in 2006. Thereafter he moved to the Javelin Platoon for a further three years which included a tour of Afghanistan in 2008.

He left regular service in March 2009 to join the Fire Service. Due to a delay in the recruitment process he volunteered for mobilisation with the 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) for the duration of Op HERRICK 12.

Following mobilisation, Private Monk deployed to Afghanistan with Mons Platoon, 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) in April 2010. He subsequently moved to C Company, 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) operating from Patrol Base RAHIM as part of the Danish Battlegroup in the Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (North) area of Helmand Province.

The company has been providing security and stability to the Upper Gereshk Valley over the last three months along with improving the lives of ordinary Afghans by promoting governance and Afghan economic development.

The family of Private Jonathan Michael Monk made the following statement:

"Jonathan/Jon was the most wonderful son, and a truly great brother to Michaela. The Army was in his blood, it was all he'd ever wanted to do since he was five years old.

"He had great energy and drive, and tremendous courage and determination. Even as a child he had no fear of tackling difficult situations and would never give up.

"He was extremely generous both to family and friends, and always eager to give help to anyone that needed it.

"He leaves an enormous void in all our lives. We will miss him so much, but we will always be so proud of his achievements and the dedicated way he served his country. He will always be our hero."

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Hadfield, Commanding Officer 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) said:

"Private 'John' Monk had served with the 1st Battalion for a relatively short time, but had quickly established himself as a highly capable soldier, and a valued comrade to his many friends.

"His previous service in Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment had given him valuable experience, and he used this not only for his own benefit, but also for the benefit of the other members of his Company, most of whom are on their first tour.

"It is a sign of his total commitment to his country and the Army that he loved, that when he found time before his next career started he returned to serve with the Colours.

"We are fortunate that he chose to accompany us, bringing his unique style of humour and his extensive military experience with him.

"In camp he was every Sergeant Major's nightmare, nonchalant and laid back, but in combat he fought like a tiger and was always to the fore when the bullets were flying.

"He was the epitome of the combat Infantry soldier, and will be missed by all who knew him. We will remember his ready smile, his quick wit and his cool head under fire. He was so full of life and had so much more to give to the World, I consider myself privileged to have had him under my command.

"He stood firm and struck hard to his last breath, and will be sorely missed. His parents, Peter and Diana, his sister Michaela and his family and many friends are in our thoughts."

Lieutenant Colonel Kim Schmidt, Deputy Commander Danish Battlegroup, Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (North) said:

"C Company, 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) arrived as a valued reinforcement to the Danish Battlegroup in mid-April.

"Under the name Foxtrot Company we have come to appreciate and respect the persistence and professionalism with which the Infantrymen from C Company go about their business. They always take the fight to the enemy and are relentless when it comes to standing up against them in the Green Zone.

"C Company have been at the forefront of the primary task of interacting with the local Afghans in a way that promotes the overall mission. The soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers are good representatives of the hard and complex task of fighting in a counter insurgency conflict.

"The area around Patrol Base Rahim where Private Monk met his death is one of the hardest, most challenging combat zones in Helmand. John Monk did not die in vain; he died advancing on the enemy alongside his comrades.

"He died amongst his brothers in arms serving in Helmand waiting to start a new career with the Fire Service upon return from Afghanistan. As soldiers we are proud to serve with men of the calibre of John Monk.

"He set the standard when things were the hardest. This is what shows the true measure of a fine and respected soldier. Private Jonathan Monk rest in peace."


  1. Steve & Kathleen ThirkettleJune 11, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Jon - Gone not forgotten, I will remember you for the short time I knew you and wish your family peace in their lives now. Steve

    Jon - We shall not forget - Much love Jon - Kat

  2. Thanks for a fine tribute. I am linking this to my blog. Jon was a great guy.

  3. carole-anne withersJune 14, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    I have known Jon since he was a kid, best friend to my brother He was a great guy with a fantastic sense of fun and a very generous heart. I will miss him terribly as will anyone who knew him
    Our Hero
    R.I.P xxx