Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2012, Sergeant Jonathan Eric Kups, 104 Force Support Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, died at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan in a non-hostile situation.
Sergeant Kups joined the army in 1992, specialising in radar and ground-to-air weapons; he trained as an electronics technician and also served in Northern Ireland. Colleagues described him as “a real character” and referred to his quick wit, loyalty, and caring nature. His experience and abilities were highly valued, as was his role of father figure.
Lieutenant Colonel Neil Thorpe said of him: “Technically brilliant, he invested considerable sweat and tears in developing his technicians ahead of the deployment and his efforts reaped significant success…he drove his team hard to ensure those soldiers deployed forward had the equipment they needed - he was never found wanting. Confident, with bags of humour, he was an SNCO who lived life to the full. His enthusiasm was infectious and he cared passionately for the technicians within his team. He was the father figure and his soldiers loved him for it. The battalion and the Corps have lost a very talented SNCO. It is a privilege to have served with him…he will be sorely missed - Arte et Marte.”
Jonathan, from Nuneaton in Warwickshire, was 38 years old and married with three children.