Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Fusilier Petero Suesue, 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was shot and killed while on foot patrol near Sangin in Afghanistan.
He had joined the army in February of 2002, and served in Iraq and twice in Northern Ireland. He trained as a Jackal heavy weapons gunner for A Company’s Fire Support Group before deploying to Afghanistan. Colleagues remember him as a compassionate and strong yet gentle man, with a lot of charm and individual character. One officer described him as “legendary”.
Colour Sergeant John McCowliffe said of him: I have known Fusilier Suesue for many years, and worked closely with him during a previous operational tour in Iraq. He was an outstanding, professional soldier who had a thorough understanding of his role in my platoon. He was an asset, a very skilled Javelin operator, and carried out every job he was asked to do diligently and without hesitation. It feels like we have lost a true friend and we’re thinking of his family. He will be missed by the lads in FSG A”.
Petero, born in Levuka in Fiji, was 28 years old and married.