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Fusilier Shaun Bush, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Fusilier Shaun Bush from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, died at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak. On the 15th of August he had been taking part in a foot patrol in Sangin district, Helmand province, when an explosive device detonated, fatally wounding his colleague Sergeant Simon Valentine. Fusilier Bush was attempting to rescue Sergeant Valentine when he was caught up in a second explosion. He sustained serious injuries, but despite the best efforts to save him, he died ten days later. His comradesremember him as rock-solid, quiet, but with a wicked sense of humour. His Company Commander, Major Jo Butterfill, said: "Blessed with a quiet maturity beyond his years and a truly kind and generous nature, Fusilier Bush was liked and admired by all who knew him. A stalwart of 2 Platoon since I took over the company, he impressed me from the first with his extraordinary willingness to do the right thing by others, even at the expense of his own interests. He had been right at the very front of the company throughout this tour, putting his own life on the line on a daily basis to protect his friends. It is absolutely typical of him that he received the injuries that were eventually to result in his death while moving forward into danger in the attempt to rescue a grievously wounded comrade." Shaun, from Warwickshire, was 25 years old.

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