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.
Sergeant Les Hehir (pronounced 'HEAR'), of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery. Aged 34, Les was married, with two sons, and lived in Poole, Dorset.
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."