Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Lance Corporal of Horse Jonathan Woodgate, the Household Cavalry Regiment, was killed while on a Brigade Reconnaissance Force foot patrol in Afghanistan.
A child had used a mirror to warn locals to stay away a few minutes before a grenade was thrown at the patrol, which was operating in a village in Sangin. Lance Corporal Woodgate had felt that he had tempted fate by returning to the front line after surviving a “friendly fire” incident years before in Iraq when Lance Corporal Matty Hull was killed.
Lance Corporal Woodgate attended the Army Foundation College in Harrogate in 2001, and went on to serve on Op FRESCO, Op TELIC as a driver, Op HERRICK 4 as a gunner, and on Op TELIC 10 with the Brigade Reconnaissance Force. He completed the Close Observation Training Advisory Course as a tem commander, and later finished in the top three of the Formation Reconnaissance Crew Commanders Course. Colleagues remember him as a great friend and someone you could go to for advice, much-loved, and a true gentleman.
Lieutenant Colonel Harry Fullerton said of him: Lance Corporal of Horse ‘Jo’ Woodgate was one of our finest soldiers. Known affectionately by his friends and comrades as ‘Woody’, he was hugely popular, tremendously capable, and a truly consummate, professional warrior. He had packed so much into his life in the Household Cavalry, rising rapidly through the ranks. This was his fourth operational tour and there are few others of his generation who had done and achieved as much as he had. Ever the volunteer, he served his regiment with pride and distinction. He thrived on what his career offered him and he was clearly a young leader who had far to go. Everything he did proved how talented he was.”
Jonathan, from Bury St. Edmunds, was 26 years old.