Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2007, Marine Benjamin Reddy, K Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, was killed in Afghanistan when his unit came under fire during a clearance operation in the Kajaki area of Helmand Province.
One of two sons of Her Majesty the Queen’s Royal Gardener, he had joined the Royal Marines in 2005, and deployed to Afghanistan the following year. He lived to be a Marine and treasured his green beret. Popular in his troop and in his company, Marine Reddy is remembered as courageous, hard-working, dedicated and unselfish, with an open and friendly personality and an uplifting sense of humour.
Lieutenant Colonel Matt Holmes said of him: “Ben Reddy was a dedicated Royal Marine. He will be remembered as an honest and unselfish man who was conscientious in his approach to his duties and always worked hard for his friends and colleagues. He was always the first to offer assistance or to volunteer no matter what the associated danger. He was rightly very proud of his Green Beret, the outward mark of the Commando soldier. However, the real display of his Commando qualities were in his daily actions with K Company, and he had acquitted himself well fighting alongside his colleagues on numerous occasions. Courageous and proficient when in contact with the enemy, his fighting spirit was indomitable. Ben had close friends in the Company, and was amongst them when he fell. His loss will be greatly felt by his colleagues in K Company and across the whole Commando Unit, close as we are.”
Benjamin, from Ascot in Berkshire, was 22 years old.