Friday, July 23, 2010

Corporal Matthew James Stenton and Lance Corporal Stephen Daniel Monkhouse killed in Afghanistan

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Corporal Matthew James Stenton from the Royal Dragoon Guards and Lance Corporal Stephen Daniel Monkhouse from 1st Battalion Scots Guards were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, 21 July 2010.

Corporal Matthew James Stenton (left) and Lance Corporal Stephen Daniel Monkhouse (right)
[Picture: via MOD]

The two soldiers were killed on Wednesday evening when members of The Royal Dragoon Guards and 1st Battalion Scots Guards were providing security to the building of Route Trident in the Basharan, north of Lashkar Gah.

Corporal Stenton, of Viking Group, D (The Green Horse) Squadron, was commanding a Viking Armoured vehicle that was part of a cordon to facilitate the exploitation of a number of IEDs and Lance Corporal Monkhouse, of Combined Force Lashkar Gah, was the gunner of a Coyote vehicle when insurgents shot and wounded a member of ISAF.

Corporal Stenton manoeuvred his vehicle in order to lay down fire and extract the casualty, and Lance Corporal Monkhouse provided fire support in order to allow the evacuation to take place. Tragically, as the casualty was being extracted, Corporal Stenton and Lance Corporal Monkhouse were both killed by small arms fire.

Corporal Stenton's family said:

"A loving son, brother and grandson who will be dearly missed. Matthew always took life in his stride and never lost sight of the important things in life his family and friends.

"Matthew died how he lived his life, surrounded by his friends. We are so proud of Matthew and it comes as no surprise to us to hear that he died whilst trying to help one of his fellow comrades.

"You will always be in our hearts and minds, love you always Dad, Gillian and Charlotte."

Lance Corporal Monkhouse's family said:

"Although Stephen died in very tragic circumstances, it is comforting to know that he died doing a job he loved – being a soldier. He loved the Army and the Scots Guards.

"He died trying to help save another life, that sums Stephen up. He loved life and lived it to the full and his memory will live on with us and his friends forever. God bless you son."

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  1. R.I.P Heroes: Many a soldier risks their lives daily for that of their colleagues (and always for that of our nations) but these two are the two that the world will know about and for that reason alone..I hope, eases your pain and grief at this dredful time.

  2. Heroes through and through - R.I.P:

  3. R.I.P Monkey Mate. True Hero.

    Fae Gaz x

  4. baby i love you !!!!! and still think of you every day with tears !!! i miss you so much ! wish you came home to me abi and billy ... we talk about you all the time you will never be forgotten matt .... bliss nights..snow angels .... ps i love you .............lisx

  5. we always spoke about this baby ..... seeing those planes fly above ... i knew you was happy ... we all love you ... i know its what u wanted and to be in cattrick is your final rip ............. i miss you so much .... will it ever get easier ??? no ! and i dont want it too ! im not ready to say goodbye !! never ! my baby .... hurry home for our bliss nites .xx