Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2008, Warrant Officer Class 2 Dan Shirley, 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, died in Afghanistan. He had been part of a Logistic Patrol from Sangin to Camp Bastion when his vehicle rolled and he was trapped beneath it. He was taken to the medical facility at Camp Bastion but could not be saved.
He had enlisted in 1992, joining 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment. In 2004 he joined the Army Physical Training Corps, and two years later the 13 Air Assault Support Regiment. Well-liked and respected, he was seen as an extraordinary soldier, professional, passionate about his job, full of energy and humour, and the perfect role model for young soldiers.
Captain Ian Bruce said of him: “WO2 Dan Shirley was an inspirational man and soldier. He was renowned for leading from the front. His outstanding personal soldiering skills, infectious enthusiasm and sense of fun rubbed off on all those who worked with him. WO2 Shirley had that rare ability to get that little extra out of everyone he taught. He is sorely missed by us all.”
Dan, from Leicester, was 32 years old and left behind two young children.