Iraq shooting soldiers named

The names of the six soldiers killed in Iraq were released by the Ministry of Defence today.

They were named as:

  • Sergeant Simon Alexander Hamilton-Jewell, from Chessington, Surrey. He was 41 and single.

  • Corporal Russell Aston, 30, from Swadlincote, Derbyshire. He was married and had a daughter.

  • Corporal Paul Graham Long, 24, from Colchester. He was married.

  • Corporal Simon Miller, from Tyne and Wear, was just 21 and single.

  • Lance Corporal Benjamin John McGowan Hyde, 23, from Northallerton, North Yorkshire. He was single.

  • Lance Corporal Thomas Richard Keys, 20, from Llanuwchllyn, near Bala north Wales.

    All the men were from the Royal Military Police and part of 156 Provost Company, attached to 16 Air Assault Brigade, and based in Colchester, Essex.

    Their bodies were recovered from a police station in Al Majar Al-Kabir yesterday, the Ministry of Defence said.

    Sympathy from PM

    The Prime Minister earlier expressed "deepest sympathy and condolences" to the families of the soldiers who were killed in southern Iraq yesterday.

    Mr Blair said the Royal Military policemen had been doing an "extraordinary and heroic job," adding "the whole country and their families can be immensely proud of them".

    At question time he told a hushed and sombre House: "Even at this moment in time it is particularly important that we make sure that we redouble our efforts to bring stability to that country."

    Mr Blair said the British forces had been recently engaged in disarming local people, who regularly carried machine guns and small firearms, and there had been "problems" with this.

    "That may form part of the background to it. But at the moment, is is simply too early to say."

    More of the circumstances would emerge in the next 24 hours, he told MPs.

    Forty-two British troops have died - 19 in accidents - since the war began on March 20.

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