Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sergeant David Thomas Monkhouse killed in Afghanistan

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Sergeant David Thomas Monkhouse, from The Royal Dragoon Guards, was killed in Afghanistan, yesterday, Saturday 17 July 2010.

Sergeant Monkhouse, serving as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (North), was killed in an explosion in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province.

On Saturday 17 July 2010, the Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) was conducting a patrol to reduce the intimidation of the local population. At 0445hrs Sergeant Monkhouse was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and killed in action.

He leaves behind his mother, Bobby, his sister Deborah, his partner Fiona and the love of his life, his daughter, Daisy-Twinkle.

he family of Sergeant Monkhouse said:

"For David, the Army was his life, second only to his daughter. He was the ultimate father and friend to Twinkle, more proud of her than anything else. His devotions were equally divided between his beloved Twinkle and his beloved Regiment, the Royal Dragoon Guards.

"He was an exceptional soldier and loving and devoted parent. He would not have changed his life for anything. David was also a loving son and brother and leaves behind his Mum, sister and extended family as well as his daughter."

Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith, Commanding Officer The Royal Dragoon Guards said:

"I have known Sergeant 'Bob' Monkhouse for 18 years. When he first joined the Regiment he was a right character; he was routinely in front of the Regimental Sergeant Major for all the wrong reasons, but about 10 years ago he decided to really make a go of the Army and aspire for the higher ranks. He was a Royal Dragoon Guard who had a passion for combat medicine. He became the Regimental Medical Sergeant and he was respected by us all. He was one of the few people in the Regiment that everyone knew.

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  1. My heart sinks everytime the MOD announces the death of one of our service personel but the hurt goes deeper when it is one from our own regiment. God Bless you. R.I.P.

  2. he also left behind a second daughter whose mother only found out of davids death on tne news..

  3. I would just like to say to Bob's family how sorry I am to hear about his sudden death last year, I did post a card last year but only had his mums address from twelve years ago so I do not know if it was the same one, my daughter Lauren is also Bob's daughter but unfortunately we lost touch years ago, God bless Bob