Mark Stansfield, aged 32, died following a forklift truck accident in Iraq whilst serving with 32 Close Support Squadron, UK Logistic Battalion, based in the Contingency Operating Base at Basra Air Station.
On the morning of Wednesday 19 September 2007 he was conducting security checks of the Contingency Operating Base's Ammunition Supply Point when he was involved in the accident and was seriously injured. First aid was administered and he was immediately taken to the Field Hospital at Basra Air Station where he underwent surgery. He was medically evacuated to Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham the following day for further treatment. Tragically, MarkStansfield's condition deteriorated soon after his arrival in the UK.
His family were with him at his bedside when he passed away on Friday, 21 September 2007.
Sergeantt Stansfield joined the Army at the age of 17 and trained to become a driver. He went on to serve in the Balkans, Northern Ireland and Iraq. As a keen footballer, he helped set up an army football team while in Iraq and had been in Basra almost four months.
Lt Col David Roberts, Sgt Stansfield's commanding officer in Iraq, said: "He was a first-class soldier and a very fine senior non-commissioned officer, with an extremely bright career ahead of him. He was admired by the soldiers he led and respected by everyone."
His squadron commander in Iraq, Maj Dave Poole, described Sgt Stansfield as "a diligent man, who never accepted second best" and said he had been looking forward to returning home to his pregnant wife Joanne, whom he married last Christmas.