Craig Atkinson - 23rd August 1986 - 31st August 2005.
Craig joined the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers and started his phase 1 training with Le Cateau Troop at Pirbright in January 2004, he passed out at Pirbright in April 2004 as the most improved recruit. Craig then went on Phase 2 training at Borden, he passed out in April 2005 and after a short spell of leave he joined the LAD with 26 Regiment Royal artillery in Mansergh Barracks in Gutersloh BFG in May 2005.
After summer leave Craig returned to Germany on the 20th August, that was the last time his parents Paul & Tracey saw Craig alive, they said "We will never get over this tragedy, Craig had so much to give and so much to do in his life". Craig was their only child, he had just had his 19th birthday.
On the 31st August 2005 Craig died along with two other young soldiers, when the driver of the Land Rover they were travelling in lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. he survived the crash but the 3 passengers didn't, all were resuscitated at the scene of the accident, and transferred to different hospitals in Germany, sadley they all died later that same day.