Marine Paul Warren, Charlie Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Marine Paul Warren from Charlie Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines, was killed in Afghanistan. He was injured in an explosion when Patrol Base airport lounge was attacked by insurgents, and despite being given immediate first aid he could not be saved. He had joined the Royal Marines four years earlier, and this was his second deployment to Afghanistan. He is remembered for his courage, loyalty, quiet professionalism and his sense of humour. His C.O. paid this tribute: "Marine Paul Warren was an outstanding Marine. He was bright, articulate, loyal and very brave. He was without doubt the epitome of his profession. Having previously served in Sangin only last year, his experience was invaluable in preparing and at times reassuring the men of 9 Troop. He was a man of presence, a man who inspired others with his professional example and equanimity. Paul was sharp; he was fit, always keen to learn, and was utterly selfless. He took pride in what he did and others took confidence from his approach to life. I saw in him a dedicated, reliable, talented and intelligent Marine who had a promising career cut tragically short. He died in his Patrol Base in Sangin, doing the job he loved and alongside the people who will know him forever as a true friend. He was one of life’s greats and he will be sorely missed by all in 40 Commando." Paul, from Leyland in Lancashire, was 23 years old.