Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2006, Captain David Patton, Special Reconnaissance Regiment, and Sergeant Paul Bartlett, Special Boat Service, were killed in Afghanistan.
They had been part of a twelve-man team on a planned operation, and came under attack when they were returning to a forward base in the Sangin valley. Sergeant Bartlett was wounded and Captain Patton went to his aid, but they were cut off from their colleagues and killed. Their bodies were found along with those of members of the Taliban, showing they had fought to the last.
No details could be located at this time on Sergeant Bartlett, other than that he was 35 years old. Captain Patton had served with distinction with the Royal Irish Rangers and the Parachute Regiment. From Limavady in Northern Ireland, he was 38 years old and married with a 14-month-old daughter.