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Corporal David O'Connor, 40 Commando Royal Marines, and Corporal Channing Day, 3 Medical Regimen

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2012, Corporal David O'Connor, from 40 Commando Royal Marines, and Corporal Channing Day, from 3 Medical Regiment, were participating in a patrol to conduct low level training with the Afghan Local Police when they came under fire near the village of Char Kutsa, and both were fatally injured. Corporal O’Connor was considered to be an outstanding Marine, inspirational leader and excellent soldier. Captain Steve Taylor said: "More than anyone in the Company, Corporal O’Connor embodied the history and ethos of everything we stand for: utterly professional and exceptionally sharp when it counted and the social epicentre of the Troop. His ability to both inspire and reduce you to tears of laughter within the same conversation was irreplaceable and we will forever miss that unmistakable smile. He was a brother to many in the Troop who he took under his wing and guided through patrols with steadfast bravery and upstanding responsibility. His moral reserves were never drained, even in the worst of situations and his commitment to his brothers in arms was unwavering. We were privileged to have served alongside him - a true Royal Marines Commando and a true friend.” His mother, Rosemary Turner, wrote to David Cameron in 2013: David, from Hamphire, was 27 years old. Corporal Day is described as much-loved, a “quirky girl” who played mother hen to the younger medics. Major Paul Sandle RAMC paid this tribute: “Corporal Day was a very experienced Combat Medical Technician who had already served operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Channing had recently been promoted to the rank of Corporal and was enjoying the opportunity to lead the junior medics of 3/5 Troop who were working alongside 40 Commando Royal Marines as part of Transition Support Unit Nahr-e Seraj. Channing’s strong character, good nature and unique sense of humour were invaluable in contributing to the efforts of the Squadron. She was never one to shy away from a challenge, and would fully immerse herself in the task at hand, fully embracing the role of a close support medic.” Channing, who grew up in Newtownards, Co. Down, was 25 years old.

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