• Christina Drummond

Fusilier Kelan John Turrington, 1st Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2003, Fusilier Kelan John Turrington, 1st Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was killed in Iraq during the final push into Basra. He was awarded a posthumous Mention in Despatches in the Operational Honours in recognition of the gallantry he displayed during the assault on an enemy trench. Two reports issued in 2003 gave conflicting stories of his death, one mentioned a sniper's bullet and the other a landmine. However, in 2006 a coroner ruled that he was killed by fire from a British tank's machine-gun. The support unit had not been told that four soldiers were present; and a lance corporal serving with the Queen's Royal Lancers alongside the 7th Armoured Brigade was questioned under caution over Fusilier Turrington's death, but the decision was taken not to press charges. Fusilier Turrington's parents set up a fund in his memory and the money raised were used to buy medical equipment for a clinic in Basra and supplies for a school. Kelan, from Haslingfield in Cambridgeshire, was 18 years old.

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