Staff Sergeant Brent Linley, 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Staff Sergeant Brett George Linley from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, was killed in Afghanistan. He had enlisted in 2001 and qualified as an Ammunition Technician. He trained for several counter-IED roles including as a High Threat IEDD (Improvised Explosive Device Disposal) Operator, and had perfected his bomb disposal skills on three separate tours of Northern Ireland, working closely with the PSNI. He and his IEDD team conducted dozens of IED clearances across Helmand province, and had been working to clear IEDs from a major route when sadly he died following an explosion. During his tour of duty in Afghanistan, Staff Sergeant Linley’s actions saved many lives. Lieutenant Colonel David Southall paid this tribute: "Staff Sergeant Brett Linley was a man of courage and composure - his loss has shaken us all. He qualified earlier this year as a High Threat IEDD Operator, motivated by a simple desire to save life and play his part in Afghanistan. I will remember his calm, considered manner and, as one of life’s grafters, his professionalism was meticulous; ‘If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right’ he’d tell his boys, both in training and on task. Brett faced the IED threat daily, but despite the risk his heroism was without fuss or fanfare - such quiet and unassuming modesty endeared him to all. In this confused and turbulent world, I will miss his measured voice of reason and clarity of thought; it leaves a void we struggle to fill." Brett, from Birmingham, was 29 years old.