Thursday, July 15, 2010

Major James Joshua Bowman, Lieutenant Neal Turkington and Corporal Arjun Purja Pun killed in Afghanistan

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Major James Joshua Bowman, Lieutenant Neal Turkington and Corporal Arjun Purja Pun from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday 13 July 2010.

Major James Joshua Bowman (left), Lieutenant Neal Turkington and Corporal Arjun Purja

The three soldiers, serving as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (South), were killed in a suspected premeditated attack by a member of the Afghan National Army.

Major Bowman's family said:

"He was the best possible son and brother who will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.

"He loved the Army and was very proud of the selfless work that he and his Company were doing."

Lt Turkington's family said:

"Our family is devastated with the news of Neal's death in Afghanistan on 13th July 2010.

"One of Neal's proudest moments was hearing that he had been commissioned to join the Royal Gurkha Rifle's Regiment.

"He felt honoured and privileged to serve with such distinguished, courageous and loyal men.

"Neal was jovial, kind, considerate and loyal to his family and friends. Our family were inspired by his presence, and generosity.

"He was relentless and steadfast in his pursuit of those causes he believed in with his passion for making a difference whatever the circumstance.

"We are all so proud of him – we couldn't have asked for a finer son, brother and friend."

Corporal Pun’s wife, Durga, said:

"Arjun Puja Pun was a tremendous husband. He was proud to be a soldier and died doing a job he loved.

"We are devastated by the loss of Arjun who was a loving husband and father. We are proud of the fact that Arjun was prepared to do his duty helping the people of Afghanistan."

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  1. As a family member to Neal, we will grealty miss him and the joy that he brought to the world and our lives. We miss You!!!

  2. so sad that the Gurkhas have been hit so hard...when will it end?

  3. Major Bowman was a cousin of our dear friend here in America. We send our deepest condolences to his family and to all the brave allied troops fighting for freedom.

  4. To the family and friends of JamesBowman, our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. GOd bless you Rodney!


  5. John Shonfield ex-Royal Signals. Gulf war 1.August 24, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Rest in peace my brothers!

  6. John Shonfield (ex-R.Sigs. Gulf war 1)August 24, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    We are not afraid to walk in the valley of the shadow of death for we are the British and we fear no evil! God bless our forces. God bless our beloved Gurkhas and God save the Queen!

  7. I Briefly knew Major James Joshua Bowman as (Scot) ten year's ago,over the years he tryed to contact me. He was gorgeous with a lovely smile. Iam so saddened and shocked to hear the news of his death. My sympathy goes out to his family from susan in Coventry

  8. Having known Major Bowman I know what a kind man he was my heart goes out to his family. R.I.P josh x

  9. Joshua James Bowman you will always be in my heart I will always love you, 2 years has past since your life was taken away in such a callous way which i will never get over, from Susan in coventry xxx