British Para Killed in Afghanistan
Joseph Berry of 2 PARA Killed in Kabul
Private Joseph Berry, serving with Second Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA), suffered “a non-battle injury” while deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan. He later died on 22 February.
Lieutenant Colonel Matt Taylor, Commanding Officer of Second Battalion, The Parachute Regiment said:
“The death of this exceptional and compassionate paratrooper is truly heart breaking and his loss will be felt deeply by his family, friends and those who served alongside him. We extend our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to all who knew and loved him.”
Private Joseph Alexander Berry (21) was born and raised in Crewe, Cheshire, and began training with The Parachute Regiment Training Company at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick, in September 2017. He was one of few soldiers who completed initial training in one attempt, including P Company.
In April 2018, Private Berry passed out of training and was posted to Second Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA). He served with distinction in A Company from the moment he arrived, for two and a half years. His soldiering skills were widely recognised and he was characterised as an optimistic, capable, and compassionate soldier. He was highly respected, both by his chain-of-command and by his peers. He will be remembered for his passion, determination and selfless attitude.
Private Berry was popular throughout battalion, no doubt because of his fierce resolve to support his fellow soldiers and see them succeed. An impressive career awaited him; he was one of A Company’s strong contenders to attend the Potential Junior Non-Commissioned Officer Cadre, to compete for promotion to Lance Corporal.
Deployed on Op TORAL
Private Berry deployed to Afghanistan on Operation TORAL 9 in November 2019, within an Advisor Force Protection Company, based out of New Kabul Compound. His role was to deploy to locations throughout Kabul to provide security for a host of advisors. This was his first operational deployment and followed demanding training on exercises across the UK, Kenya and Belize. He fully engaged with sports and adventurous training, spending time in Mexico and learning to ski in the Alps.
Proud Family Mourns Tragic Loss
Pte Berry’s family released a statement through The Parachute Regiment, describing him as “a kind, generous gentleman who would do anything for anybody”.
“Joe was proud and his family are proud of him becoming a paratrooper, it was his life’s ambition,” the family continued.
The Ministry of Defence said its thoughts are with Pte Berry’s family and friends. The British Army website said “Private Berry was always a force-for-good and had an unwavering aspiration to help those he served alongside and to be the best paratrooper he could be. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and those he served alongside.”
Sources: British Army; MOD; BFBS
Image: Parachute Regiment/Facebook.