British Marine Commando David Fairbrother, of Kilo Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, was killed in action in Helmand province, Afghanistan on 19th September 2011. The Commando and his unit were ambushed by enemy forces while conducting a joint patrol with the Afghan National Army in Khorgajat, Nahr-e Saraj.
Born in February 1987, Marine Fairbrother joined the Royal Marines in November 2009 and joined 42 Commando in September 2010.
His sharp mind and strong soldiering skills made him a natural choice for training as a member of an All Arms Search Team, seeing him conduct numerous compound clearances at significant risk in order to ensure the safety of his comrades.
Marine Fairbrother was a highly motivated Royal Marine who was excelling in his first appointment and had aspirations to specialise in the Landing Craft branch on his return from operations. His passion for testing himself both physically and mentally was epitomised by his hobbies of Skydiving and Waterpolo. He was a Marine with great potential who will be sorely missed.
Marine Fairbrother leaves his mother Julie, sisters Ruth and Emily and his girlfriend Melissa.