Marine Richard Hollington, Bravo Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Marine Richard Hollington, from Bravo Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines, died from wounds sustained in Afghanistan. He had been transferred home after being caught up in a bomb blast eight days earlier, but sadly passed away in hospital with his parents and brothers present. His parents said that he chose to live his days as a lion, as they expressed how proud they were of him, and carried out his wishes that his organs be donated. He had only been in Afghanistan for two months, yet warranted this tribute from a superior officer: "He was a superior Royal Marine Commando. Men like Dickie are pure gold in a patrol base here in Afghanistan. His experience, soldiering ability and raw courage made him ideally suited to the task of lead man in the patrol, the vital role within a section that provides a route for all to follow. The manner in which he faced danger and carried out this stressful duty ensured important work was completed and is a beacon of professionalism to all the company; we will look to him for mettle in the days ahead. The Commando qualities of courage, determination, selflessness and cheerfulness under adversity have been exposed in different circumstances throughout our history; Dickie had them in spades and his application in these demanding circumstances showed Commando spirit worthy of all our forefathers." Richard, from Hampshire, was 23 years old.