Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2006, Lieutenant Richard Palmer, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, died in Iraq. He was killed by a roadside bomb whilst on a joint patrol with the Iraqi Army in the vicinity of Ad Dayr.
Lieutenant Palmer followed his father into the regiment, attending Sandhurst where he proved to be accomplished and popular, and received his commission in 2004. He was well-liked and respected, an inspirational and natural leader with great potential.
Lieutenant Colonel Ben Edwards spoke highly of him: "Lieutenant Palmer was one of my very best Young Officers. He was an intelligent, charming, talented yet incredibly modest individual. On Operations he continued to display leadership qualities above and beyond those expected of a junior Lieutenant. His popularity within his Squadron cannot be underestimated. As part of the Danish Battlegroup he was experiencing international soldiering that would stand him in good stead in what seemed destined to be a glittering military career. Individuals such as Richard have made a tangible difference to the future of the people of Iraq. On a daily basis they put their lives at risk. He will be sorely missed. The Regiment has lost a great ambassador, a splendid soldier and a fine friend. We count ourselves as fortunate to have served with such a man."
Richard, from Ware in Hertfordshire, was 27 years old.