Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2007, Corporal Ben Leaning and Trooper Kris Turton, of The Queen's Royal Lancers Battle Group, were killed in Iraq, when their vehicle was struck by an IED.
Corporal Leaning was on his second deployment to Iraq, and had previously served in Oman and Kosovo. He joined the army at the age of sixteen, and is remembered as an eager young soldier with a mischievous smile and a huge sense of fun. Lieutenant Colonel Richard Nixon-Eckersall said: “Corporal Leaning was the model of a modern Formation Reconnaissance soldier. He was tough, fit, intelligent and compassionate. He truly cared for those he worked with and was never found to be wanting in any task. He had already made a name for himself at the Regiment as one to watch for the future. He was the first to volunteer for any course or task, and I have no doubt he would have volunteered to lead the patrol that so tragically saw him killed. His death is a huge loss to the Regiment.” Ben, from Scunthorpe, was 24 years old.
Trooper Turton joined the The Queen’s Royal Lancers in 2003, and a year later found himself marked out for specialist training due to his dismounted skills; he was a trained sharp shooter and assault pioneer, specialising in demolitions. Considered an exceptional soldier, he was selfless, committed, and strove for excellence in everything. Major Charlie Ball said: “Trooper Turton quickly established himself as one to watch for the future. Keen and committed he showed his true worth throughout this operational tour. He worked tirelessly for his friends and was very much a rock in his troop giving sound advice and guidance to the new and inexperienced soldiers. He was a quiet man with a wonderfully dry sense of humour.“ Kris, from Grimsby, was 27 years old and married.