Corporal Stephen Paul Curley from 40 Commando Royal Marines and Gunner Zak Cusack from 4th Regiment
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Corporal Stephen Paul Curley from 40 Commando Royal Marines and Gunner Zak Cusack from 4th Regiment Royal Artillery were killed in Afghanistan in two separate incidents. Corporal Curley, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was killed in an explosion while he was conducting a ground domination foot patrol through the southern Green Zone. He had previously served in Iraq on Operation TELIC 4, and also in Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 5, serving with Lima Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, during which he distinguished himself by saving a fellow Marine’s life. His motto was: "If you’re not living life on the edge, you’re taking up too much room." Stephen was 26 years old, married with a five-month-old son. Gunner Cusack, from Stoke-on-Trent, was participating in a routine reassurance patrol when he was killed during a small arms fire engagement with insurgent forces in an area around Enezai Village. This was his second tour of Afghanistan, having arrived the first time on his 18th birthday. From his family: "Zak was a courageous, compassionate and charismatic young man. We are justly proud of not only the job that he did, but of the complete person we all knew and loved. For such a young man, Zak’s infectious sense of humour, appetite for life and truly romantic heart inspired so many others." Zak was 20 years old and his parents' only child.