Thursday, 25 June 2009

In Memoriam: Michael Williams and Joe Whittaker

Warrant Officer Class 2 Michael Williams of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment and Private Joe Whittaker from 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday 24th June 2008.

WO2 Williams was killed during a firefight against the Taliban in the Upper Sangin Valley.

His CO said: "Mark Williams was a rock and a constant, when the situation was swirling around him he would be found level headed and down to earth, able to cut through the cloud of uncertainty and doubt."

Lance Corporal Gary Houldsworth said: "...he was funny, outgoing, courageous, strong and an all-round outstanding commander to work for. He lived and died loving his job. He was so proud to be a Paratrooper and so proud to be doing his job in Afghanistan".

Private Whittaker, a reserve soldier who was attached to 2PARA was killed by an IED.

His CO said: "Even at such a young age he displayed all of the attributes specific to men of The Regiment, and we are proud to have known him and to have stood alongside him. Today, a good soul has left us, and he will be greatly missed. We, his brothers who are left, will never forget him."
His friend Private Steven Fisher said: "Joe and I had become close friends. He was great for morale, always upbeat and optimistic, and he approached all tasks with verve and enthusiasm. The thing that always impressed me about Joe was his desire to be the best soldier he could be."

MoD: Warrant Officer Class 2 Michael Norman Williams and Private Joe John Whittaker killed in Afghanistan