Captain Sean Dolan, 1st Battalion, The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2007, Captain Sean Dolan of 1st Battalion, The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, died in Afghanistan. He was acting as a Liaison Officer between the battalion and a joint US Task Force and Afghan National Army operation - they were observing Taliban fighters from a vantage point when they came under fire. The first mortar round severely wounded Captain Dolan, he was taken to the ISAF medical facilities at Camp Bastion but did not survive the journey. Captain Dolan had a long and illustrious career serving on multiple tours of Northern Ireland, Bosnia, as well as serving in the USA, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Kenya and Belize. This was his second tour of Afghanistan. During his second tour of South Armagh in 1994 that he was awarded a Mention in Dispatches, his actions leading to the arrest of a number of terrorist suspects. Shortly before his death he had been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), a unique award in that it is given by gift of the Army to a selected soldier who has performed good, faithful, valuable and meritorious service with conduct judged to be irreproachable. He was regarded by those who knew him as the finest soldier of his generation, a complete man with an unsurpassed military talent, the consummate professional, genuinely loved and respected. Sean, from Chester, was 40 years old and married with a teenage son.