At around midnight on Friday 21 March 2003, 24 hours after the invasion of Iraq by the Coalition commenced, a US Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter crashed south of the Kuwait border. On board were eight servicemen from 3 Commando Brigade and four aircrew from the United States Forces. All twelve were killed by the crash.
Amongst the eight British servicemen who died was Philip Guy. Philip, aged 29, was a Captain in The Royal Marines. He joined in 1995 and won the Marine Medal on passing out from Officer Training as a Second Lieutenant.
At the end of the long training in the Corps, he won the Marine Medal, an award for courage and unselfishness voted for by his fellow batch officers. He was qualified as a paratrooper and in mountain and arctic warfare, spending several weeks every year training in Norway. He was a very fit and keen sportsman and represented his university at football and the Marines at long distance running. During the five years before his posting to Iraq, he served in Bosnia during the Balkan crisis, where he gained the Bosnia medal, and then in Afghanistan, where his troop searched the caves for arms.
Helen, Philip Guy’s widow paid tribute to her ''perfect, loving, special husband".
''He was the most brave, courageous man you could ever imagine; tough and steadfast, honest and true. All he ever wanted to do was to provide for us, to be a good husband to me, and father to our children. I know he died a true hero. He died for his Queen and country and to make the world a safer, better place for us to live in, for his children to grow up in. Our love and pride was always with him and he knew that. He died surrounded by our love and we will never ever forget what a truly wonderful man he was."
From their family home in the Yorkshire Dales, Capt Guy's parents, Stuart and Anne, spoke of their loss.
''He was a very brave and courageous soldier and will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him,"