• Christina Drummond

Corporal Ivano Violino, 20 Field Squadron, 36 Engineer Regiment


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2007, Corporal Ivano (known as Sean) Violino from 20 Field Squadron, 36 Engineer Regiment was killed in southern Afghanistan. He had been commanding an FL12 Self-Loading Dump Truck on a routine logistics convoy, moving engineering equipment to a forward operating base north east of Gereshk in Helmand province, when his vehicle was caught in an explosion. Corporal Violino joined the Army in 2002; he completed combat engineer training and driver training, joined 36 Engineer Regiment in 2003 and deployed to Kuwait and took part in Operation TELIC. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in 2004, and selection for promotion to corporal prior to deployment to Afghanistan two weeks before his death. He was the first fatality from 36 Engineer Regiment. Warrant Officer Class 2 Pat Rendell said: "Corporal Violino was a dedicated professional with a strong sense of duty and endless enthusiasm for his chosen career. He was a privilege to command; always positive, proactive, and utterly reliable in everything he did. He took immense pride in his performance both at work and in his sporting pursuits. He made his mark in the Squadron with his endless professional knowledge, high standards and genteel manner. He regularly took on responsibilities beyond his rank and was always prepared to help others. This fact had been recognised by his early promotion to Lance Corporal and his recent selection for promotion to Corporal ahead of his peers. I cannot express how deeply shocked all of the Squadron have been by this tragic loss so early in our deployment. Our only consolation is that it was typical of his character to volunteer for this mission, fully aware of the risks associated, and he was supporting the Squadron effort in the best way he could." Sean, from Salford, was 29 years old and married with seven-year-old twins.

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