Cn 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.
Lance Bombardier Llywelyn Carl Evans, 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery was 24 years old and from Llandudno
Nicknamed 'Welly', he had been in the army since 1996, passing through ATR Pirbright and after completing training at Larkhill successfully completed the Commando Course in December 1996. He had served in Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. He was engaged to Miss Rebecca Williams and his younger brother is serving in the same unit.
His father, Gordon Evans, gave the following statement:
"On behalf of my whole family, I wish to say that we are all devastated by the loss of our son Llywelyn Carl Evans. Whilst we are deeply saddened, we are, and always will be proud of him. We would like to thank all of the family, friends and local people for their flowers and messages of support. This has given us great strength."
Major John Francis is Families Officer with 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery at its Plymouth base. He said:
"The loss of three fine members is acutely felt by us all. That they served with the same Battery only heightens the sense of grief. Together with the deaths of our two Army personnel, Sergeant Hehir and Lance Bombardier Evans, we mourn also for Ian Seymour, a naval rating who had been with 29 Commando since 1999 and was very much a part of Regiment life. Our thoughts remain very much with their families at this time."