Craftsman Craig Smith - 3rd October 1986 - 31st August 2005.
Craftsman Craig Smith, aged 18 of Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, attached to 26 Regiment, Royal Artillery, Gutersloh, Germany. Died on 31st August 2005 when the Land Rover he was a passenger in, crashed in Germany. Three young soldiers died instantly at the road side, all were resuscitated at the scene, but sadly all died later that same day from their injuries.
Craftsman Craig Smiths mother Julie said."All my son Craig ever wanted to do was join the army, after leaving school. He was almost 17 years old, when he enlisted into the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers. I was so proud and also saddened to see him go, as he set off, to the Army technical foundation college at Arborfield where he was due to start his basic training on the 8th September 2003".
In May and June 2004 he moved to Prince Phillip Barracks at Borden where he was doing a recovery mechanic course, in July 2005 he was posted to Mansergh Barracks Gutersloh, West Germany, he was there 2 weeks and then came home on summer leave, we were all so happy to see him home again safe and well. His home leave went so fast. At the end of his leave we drove him to the airport to go back to his unit in Germany. That was the last time any of us saw him alive.
It was the 31st August 2005 when my Son Craig and two other passengers set off to go to the Princess Royal Barracks, Gutersloh, while en-route there the driver of the vehicle lost control and smashed into a tree, he survived the crash but the three passengers didn't.
He was only 18 years old.