British Soldier Killed in Camp Taji Attack
Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon Confirmed Killed in Action
A British soldier has been confirmed killed in the rocket attack on Camp Taji, Iraq, on Wednesday, 11 March. Two US soldiers were also killed in the attack, with 14 more wounded.
A statement from the MOD read:
It is with deep regret that we can confirm an incident occurred at Camp Taji last night in which a service person from the Royal Army Medical Corps [RAMC] has died. The service person’s family have been informed and have requested a period of privacy before further details are released. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends at this time. An investigation is underway into the incident, therefore it is inappropriate to comment further.
The deceased had been deployed to Iraq as part of ongoing operations in the region under the umbrella of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR). The British contribution is codenamed Operation SHADER.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:
My heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in this cowardly attack on the coalition military base in Iraq. I spoke with Secretary Pompeo last night and we agreed that it is essential to defend against these deplorable acts.
We must find those responsible. I welcome the Iraqi President’s call for an immediate investigation to hold perpetrators to account – but we must see action.
Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd al-Sha’abi) are suspected of having launched the attack, with Iranian involvement a high possibility.
British Army Fatality Update
The British soldier killed in Camp Taji rocket attack has been named as Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon. The 26 yr old was a reservist with the Scottish & North Irish Yeomanry. Her CO Lt Col William Leek has paid tribute to “a hugely popular character” and said: “Her loss is keenly felt.”
LCpl Gillon joined the regiment in 2015. In 2018 she qualified as a Class 1 Combat Medical Technician with the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC).
LCpl Gillon had volunteered to be part of the Irish Guards Battle Group during their deployment to Iraq.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “From the warm testimonies of those who served with her, it’s clear that LCpl Gillon was held in the highest regard and was a shining example of what our Armed Forces and Reserves stand for, inspiring those around her and always putting others first.
“My thoughts go out to her loved ones at this incredibly difficult time and we will ensure they receive all the necessary support.”
Image: SA80 rifles hang on a wall above Medical Section kit ready to be grabbed in the event of an emergency, at Forward Operating Base Gibraltar in the Gereshk Valley, Afghanistan, HERRICK 10 (Crown Copyright, 2009).