Saturday, 20 June 2009

In Memoriam: Paul Harding

Major Paul Harding from 4th Battalion The Rifles was killed in Basra, Iraq on Wednesday 20th June 2007 during a mortar attack on the Provincial Joint Coordination Centre in the city.

"The Battalion has been hit very hard by Paul's death; the collective sense of grief is tangible, and we have learned over the past few weeks that grief has a time and a place. But we have also learned that honouring our dead requires us to move beyond grief. Paul embodied a life based on service to others, duty and self-sacrifice – the life of a Soldier. He chose this life and lived it with a passion; he died prematurely, but he died doing what he loved."

"I knew Paul very well, both spending time in the Cpl's and Sgt's Mess. I was devastated to see he had died, I'm gutted for his family. He was a great soldier, fine NCO and ultimately Officer. Rest in Peace. Tommo."

MoD: Major Paul Harding 4th Battalion The Rifles killed in Iraq
BBC: Major given full military funeral
The Times: Major Paul Harding. Veteran Rifles officer who brought to his dangerous duties in Iraq the experience of more than 30 years’ Army service