Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2007, Sergeant Wayne Rees, 19 Light Brigade, the Queen's Royal Lancers, died from injuries sustained in a road accident which occurred as he was commanding a Scimitar Armoured Fighting Vehicle in Iraq. Two other soldiers were injured but survived.
Sergeant Rees had served during the liberation of Kuwait, as well as in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. He is remembered as professional and inspirational, a well-liked and respected natural leader who cared deeply for the soldiers for whom he was responsible. He was passionate about football and represented his regiment and the Royal Armoured Corps.
Major Martin Todd said of him: “In Sergeant Wayne Rees we have lost not only a charismatic and wholly professional soldier, but also one of the regiment’s most ebullient and best loved characters. He could lighten the darkest moments with his mischievous sense of humour. And there was something irrepressible about his optimism and verve for life. He carefully nurtured those who struggled to enter the military fold and took immense pride in their subsequent successes. He has left an indelible stamp on them and on the troop of soldiers that he helped shape and train for this operation. We will continue in our task saddened without him, but inspired by his example and remembering always a staunch comrade-in-arms and the very best of friends.”
Wayne, from Nottingham, was 36 years old and left behind two young children.