Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2008, Lance Corporal Steven “Jamie” Fellows, Whiskey Company, 45 Commando Group Royal Marines, was killed in Sangin, Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal Fellows had joined the Royal Marines two years earlier and was awarded the King’s Badge as best recruit in his troop. He was a keen sportsman who represented his unit in the Royal Marines Boxing Championships, and was invited to represent them in the Royal Navy Boxing Championships. Colleagues remember him as mature, determined, tough yet compassionate, a popular man with a quick wit. He was promoted to the rank of lance corporal after eleven months out of training, proof of his abilities and determination.
On the day of his death he was travelling in a Jackal on a foot and vehicle patrol when the vehicle struck an IED. Despite medical attention and being evacuated by helicopter, Lance Corporal Fellows did not regain consciousness.
Lieutenant Tom Winterton said of him: “Lance Corporal Fellows was an awesome marine who gave his very best to everything he did. I first met Jamie in Norway at the start of the year and he immediately impressed with his supreme physical fitness and the professionalism he applied to his soldiering. He spent the rest of the year completing the Sniper Course before rejoining the Troop to deploy to Afghanistan. He was a courageous man who was never fazed and was always there to inspire and lead his Section. He was a big character within the Troop and was respected by every man who met him. It’s a privilege to have worked with Jamie, may he Rest in Peace.”
Jamie, from Sheffield, was 26 years old and married.