Lance Corporal Brady, 37, a Royal Army Medical Corps Regular Reservist attached to the 1st Battalion the Light Infantry, died as a result of wounds received from a mortar round fired at his base in northern Basra on the afternoon of Sunday, 1 October 2006.
Lance Corporal Dennis Brady was born on 19 September 1969 and grew-up in Barrow-in-Furness. He was serving in Iraq as a reservist having left the Regular Army in 2004.
During his time in the Regular Army he served abroad on operational tours of Kosovo and was part of the combat phase of Operation TELIC in Iraq in 2003. He was an energetic soldier who volunteered for and passed 'P' Company, the airborne forces arduous selection course. He also trained as an Army Physical Training Instructor, a role he relished.
He left the Army to pursue a career in public service and, after some time in the Fire Service, he volunteered to return to the military, deploying to Afghanistan with the Royal Gurkha Rifles, and then, a few months later, to Iraq with the Light Infantry. This was his fourth operational tour.
'Den', as he was universally known, was a consummate professional dedicated to the service of others, regardless of the operational situation. In Afghanistan he served as a Team Medic to an eight man Gurkha team, spending long periods in the mountains and desert. During this time he is remembered for winning the absolute trust and admiration of the Gurkhas he served with, a rare accolade for a British soldier.
He then deployed to Iraq as the Company Medic for D Company, forming an instant bond with the Company and providing invaluable medical assistance. He was well known for being an ever-cheerful member of the Company Commander's vehicle crew, always demonstrating the highest possible personal standards.
Two nights before his death he deployed as a Team Medic on a successful patrol that surprised insurgents preparing to launch a rocket attack on his base. His participation in this, as in all things, was wholehearted, enthusiastic and professional.
A keen patron of the Company gym, he maintained an admirable level of fitness despite the heat of the Iraqi summer. He was a key figure in both the Medical Centre and the Company, and was renowned for his willingness to get the kettle on and make the 'brews'.
He was married to Zoe and was looking forward to returning to Barrow-in-Furness and the opportunities and challenges of civilian life.