Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2012, Lance Corporal Sam Greenfield, 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment, was killed in a road accident while in service.
It was a Sunday and he was travelling home after being on exercise, seated in the front passenger seat, the Land Rover suffered a blow-out and went out of control, hitting the central barrier, and was then hit by another vehicle. The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.
Lance Corporal Greenfield had joined the army in 1999, and after initial training was posted to Germany. He also served in Northern Ireland, the Congo, and Afghanistan, deploying there in 2006. He had qualified as a Military Engineer (Well Driller) and was due to take the Combat Engineer Class course in May of 2012.
Lieutenant Colonel Jason Hones, Commanding Officer of 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault), said of him: “LCpl Greenfield was a soldier who had very recently arrived in the Regiment and had made a promising start, immediately immersing himself into the busy commitments of the unit. As a mature Junior Non-Commissioned Officer he settled in easily and was an uplifting presence in the Royal Engineers Workshop. He was proud to be a Royal Engineer and had his life ahead of him. His death is both tragic and untimely. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this difficult time.” His widow described her husband as “a wonderfully loving and dedicated man. A true hero.”
Sam, from Leek, Stoke-on-Trent, was 29 years old and married with three sons.