On Friday 21 March 2003, a US Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter crashed south of the Kuwait border with US and UK personnel aboard; there were no survivors. Eight personnel from 3 Commando Brigade died in the accident, along with four US aircrew.
Colour Sergeant John Cecil RM.
His family and friends issued the following statement:
"It is with great sadness that the family and friends of Colour Sergeant John Cecil, Royal Marines, announce his untimely death in the tragic helicopter crash last Friday.
"John leaves behind a great many friends and relatives and our thoughts and prayers go out to Wendy Cecil, his children Nicholas and Jodie, his beloved daughter Paige and his brother David Cecil, all who reside in the Plymouth area.
"John was proud to be a Royal Marine, proud to be British and proud to represent his country, a country dedicated into making the world a safer place to live in."