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Lance Corporal Martin Gill from 42 Commando Royal Marines

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2011, Lance Corporal Martin Gill from 42 Commando Royal Marines was killed in Afghanistan. His Multiple was part of a patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand province when it came under fire and he was hit and fatally wounded. He had joined the Royal Marines in 2008, on completion of training was appointed to the Fleet Protection Group, and within a year was promoted to Lance Corporal when he took responsibility for a four-man team guarding the UK’s nuclear deterrent. In 2010 he subsequently moved to Kilo Company as Section Second in Command, and regularly took on the role of Section Commander, becoming known for his professionalism and enthusiasm. His Commanding Officer paid this tribute: "Joining the Unit last September, he immediately stood out, impressing with his first class professional standards, innate leadership skills and unrivalled spirit and determination. As a result, he was promoted to Lance Corporal only three months later, a clear indication of his considerable ability and potential. His friends described him as ‘morale in a box’. He was quick-witted and a constant source of banter. He was the first to volunteer for the most challenging tasks and was an immensely popular and characterful member of Kilo Company. The eulogies written by his friends more than bear this out - they looked up to him and loved him like a brother. A true hero, he died taking the fight to the enemy in the finest traditions of the Royal Marines: selfless, resolute, and courageous to the end," Martin, from Nottingham, was 22 years old.

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