Fusiliers Lee Thompson, Stephen Satchell, Conrad Cole, Richard Gillespie, Kevin Leech, Paul Atkinson
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1991, Fusiliers Lee Thompson, Stephen Satchell, Conrad Cole, Richard Gillespie, Kevin Leech, Paul Atkinson and Martin Ferguson, 3rd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, and Private Neil Donald and Private John Lang, the Queen’s Own Highlanders, were killed south of Basra during the Gulf War.
They were travelling in the Iraqi desert in two Warrior infantry fighting vehicles of the 4th Armoured Brigade, with identification signs on the vehicles, when they were fired on by a United States Air Force A-10 Warthog Tankbuster. An inquest ruled that they were unlawfully killed by the crew of the American aircraft, who had been unable to identify the vehicles as not being the enemy. This link to Hansard, from December of 1991, provides a comprehensive story: https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1991/dec/06/fusilier-lee-thompson
Pictured, top row:
Fusilier Thompson, from Coventry, 19 years old.
Fusilier Satchell, from East Sussex, 18 years old.
Fusilier Cole, from Rochdale, 17 years old.
Pictured, lower row:
Fusilier Gillespie, from Tynemouth, 19 years old.
Fusilier Leech, from Northumberland, 20 years old.
Fusilier Atkinson, from Co. Durham, 19 years old.
No photos were located at time of writing for:
Fusilier Ferguson, from Fort William, 21 years old.
Private Donald, from Forres, 18 years old.
Private Lang, from BAOR Germany, 20 years old.