Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2007, Sergeant Eddie Collins, the Parachute Regiment and 22 SAS, was killed in Iraq. He had been in charge of a search team, leading a raid on a house in an attempt to locate and arrest a leader of insurgents, when he was shot in the neck and died almost instantly. There are scant details about the operation, but it was reported that Sergeant Collins’ colleagues arrested a number of Iraqi rebels.
Sgt Collins’ commanding officer paid this tribute: “Sgt Collins was a champion soldier, a proud and loving family man and a great friend. He always played to win and always set the finest example. He died a warrior, on the battlefield, leading from the front, doing a job he loved in the service of his friends, his regiment, his family and his country. He will never be forgotten.” Sergeant Collins is buried in the Credenhill Military Cemetery in Herefordshire.
Eddie, from Pembrokeshire, was 33 years old and married with two children.
Note: This drawing is by the artist Sam Bailey, who has produced books of drawings of the fallen of Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland - you can find her extraordinary work here: https://www.facebook.com/regimentalartco/