In Memory Of...

Private Peter Cowton

of the Parachute Regiment

Private Peter Cowton, from 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, died after being wounded during a battle in Afghanistan on 29 July, 2008.

The 25-year-old from London was part of a routine patrol in Helmand Province when they encountered enemy forces in the morning. After being hurt by a blast during the firefight, Pte Cowton was airlifted to Camp Bastion to receive treatment but died en route.

He was just days away from going on leave from the war-torn country.

Peter Joe Cowton was born on 24 October, 1982, in Basingstoke, Hampshire. His sense of adventure lured him into the Territorial Army as a volunteer in 2004. With them he served two tours of duty in Iraq before becoming a regular soldier in 2007.

Pte Cowton, who was a keen follower of several sports and also enjoyed reading, was survived by his parents Karen and Robin and two older sisters.

His family released a statement that said: "Peter was proud to serve his country, having already served in Iraq whilst a member of the TA. He was so 'Proud to be a Paratrooper' as we, his parents, and family were. His short regular Army career will not be forgotten, and his maroon beret will have loving memories in our home."

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