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  • Christina Drummond

Lance Corporal James Cartwright of Badger Squadron, 2nd Royal Tank Regiment

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2007, Lance Corporal James Cartwright of Badger Squadron, 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, died in Iraq. He had been driving a Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle involved in securing a route for a re-supply convoy, when the vehicle slid off a bridge into a canal and overturned. Sadly he did not survive the accident. He is remembered by comrades as being an outstanding solder, a great friend and morale-raiser. These words from his Commanding Officer: "Lance Corporal Cartwright had been attached to the Irish Guards Battle Group since the critical final stages of our pre-deployment training in March...he was central to the operational effectiveness of the Battle Group. For one so young, his job was very challenging, yet his capacity for hard work and continued drive and determination even when tired, hot and in dangerous situations, suited his role. A calm, unflappable manner and determined nature were the hallmarks of this consummate professional. He was clearly, however, much more than just a driver. He was part of the hub of his Troop and a continual source of morale and inspiration for those above and below him. He was an integral member of the Battle Group and will be missed by all. A sad loss of a proud man with such clear potential.” James, from London, was 21 years old and engaged to be married.

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