Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2003, Staff Sergeant Chris Muir from the Army School of Ammunition, Royal Logistic Corps, died in Iraq, killed during an explosive ordnance disposal operation.
He had joined the RAOC in 1988, qualifying as an Ammunition Technician the following year, and went on to train and qualify at the highest level, because of which he had also worked as an Instructor at the Army School of Ammunition at Kineton. He is remembered for his sense of humour and his ability to see the funny side of things no matter what, for being a soldier who took great pride in his work and who believed that despite the danger he was doing the right things.
Lieutenant Colonel Mike Dolamore MBE said: “His skills, drive and determination as an individual and a soldier ensured his quick promotion to Staff Sergeant and recent selection for promotion to Warrant Officer. It is a particularly sad fact that we will not see him wearing the new rank he so richly deserved"
"He will be remembered for his rich sense of humour and his sharp and clever wit. He was a very strong character, an outstanding technician, and a highly effective leader. Most of all, however, Chris was a gentleman through and through. This thoroughly professional soldier will be sorely missed by all in his Corps, and especially by all past and present members of this unit.”
Chris, from Romsey in Hampshire, was 32 years old and married with a son.