• Christina Drummond

Rifleman Vincent Calvin Windsor, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Green Jackets

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2004, Rifleman Vincent Calvin Windsor, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Green Jackets, serving attached to 1st Battalion The Light Infantry, died in Al Amarah, Iraq. His death was not connected to enemy action – an accident occurred as the convoy he was travelling in drove under a metal girder at the end of a 63-metre long pontoon bridge on the River Tigris. Rifleman Windsor was in an open-top Land Rover and his head struck a bridge girder as he was driven beneath it, sustaining fatal injuries. It was unclear whether the girder fell and hit him or whether the impact of the vehicle dislodged it. The Coroner recorded a verdict of death by misadventure. Another soldier was seriously injured but he later recovered.

Rifleman Windsor had joined the army in 1999, this was his second deployment to Iraq, and he had also served in Bosnia. Lieutenant Colonel Harry Emck, the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Green Jackets, remembered him as enormously popular and likeable, very down to earth, and with a great sense of humour.

Vincent, from Oxfordshire, was 23 years old and engaged to be married.

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