Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2006, Marine Gary Wright, 45 Commando Royal Marines, died of injuries sustained while on patrol in Lashkar Gar, Afghanistan. He was a top cover sentry on one of two Land Rovers when a suicide bomber stepped between the vehicles and detonated the explosives which were strapped to his body.
Marine Wright had joined the Royal Marines in 2002, passing out the following year and joining 2 Troop, Whiskey Company. He then served in Northern Ireland as a Land Rover Driver, something at which he was particularly skilled. Remembered as enthusiastic and very fit, he took the Recce Troop Selection Course and the Joint Services Parachute Course. He excelled at both with his ability to adapt to any conditions and environment, and his high levels of determination and fitness served him well.
Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Dewar R.M. said of him: “Marine Wright was an outstanding young Royal Marine whose determination and professional ability led to his selection as a member of our highly specialised Recce Troop. Extremely popular with a good sense of humour, he was very highly thought of by everyone who worked with him. “He was an excellent Marine who died doing the job he loved and will be missed by all his friends in 45 Commando. “ Marine Wright’s family, pleased with the help they received after his death, went on to raise thousands of pounds for the Royal Marines Benevolent Fund. Gary, from Glasgow, was 22 years old.