• Christina Drummond

Lance Corporal Alan Cochran and Corporal Terry Webster, both of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment C


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Lance Corporal Alan Cochran and Corporal Terry Webster, both of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire), attached to the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles Battle Group, were killed in Afghanistan. They were part of a foot patrol when Lance Corporal Cochran was killed during an exchange of fire with insurgent forces, and Corporal Webster (right in the photo) died later of his injuries. Lance Corporal Cochran had previously served in Northern Ireland and Iraq. Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Strickland, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles Battle Group, Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (South), said: “Lance Corporal Alan Cochran was a tower of strength in a company notable for its courage, commitment and close bonds of friendship. He died leading his men in battle, from the front. His loss is felt deeply across the battle group. He rose to every demand placed on him in this difficult operation, stepping out of his base daily with the quiet confidence that so effectively inspires others. It was an honour to have served with him, and the reputation of his fine regiment has been raised one notch higher by his example of personal commitment, bravery and sacrifice. We all mourn his loss.” Alan, from St. Asaph, North Wales, was 23 years old and engaged to be married. Corporal Webster had also previously served in Northern Ireland and Iraq, Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Hadfield, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire), said: “Corporal Terry Webster quickly proved himself to be a highly capable infantry soldier and commander; possessing great determination and character and always leading from the front. Terry was totally committed to his profession and he was forging a strong career path; when others played football, he would put on his combats, boots and webbing and pound out the miles, encouraging others to come along with him. He died doing what he joined for and what he was so good at, leading his men in battle. Away from work, Terry will also be remembered for his great sense of humour and comradeship.” Terry, from Chester, was 24 years old and married with two small children.

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