HE WAS A TRUE HERO; Midland soldier killed in accident once helped capture leading terrorist.Byline: BY LUCY TOWNSEND
A HERO Midland soldier killed in a road accident in Afghanistan once helped capture a leading Islamic terrorist, it emerged last night.
Colour Sergeant colour sergeant
a sergeant who carries the regimental, battalion, or national colours Phillip Newman, from Wolston, near Rugby, Warwickshire, died with Private Brian Tunnicliffe when their vehicle overturned.
It had been travelling as part of a convoy resupplying troops, but landed on its roof in an irrigation irrigation, in agriculture, artificial watering of the land. Although used chiefly in regions with annual rainfall of less than 20 in. (51 cm), it is also used in wetter areas to grow certain crops, e.g., rice. channel in the treacherous Helmand Province.
The two Midland soldiers were killed but a colleague managed to escape unhurt.
Colour Sgt Newman, 36, was part of a West Midlands regiment The West Midlands Regiment was a British Territorial Army regiment from 1998 to 2007.
The regiment was formed on April 5, 1988 by the amalgamation of four territorial infantry battalions:
He was head of the Hizb-e-Islami Gulbeddin terror group - linked to Al-Qaida and believed to have been behind a series of car bombings in Kabul.
Commander of British Forces, Col Richard Kemp, praised their efforts at the time and added: "The regiment was initially mobilised to provide security for the base here in Kabul.
"But they have proved such high-quality soldiers that we increased their task and they worked completely alongside the regular force, carrying out patrolling and counter-terrorist activities throughout Kabul.
"They are most certainly a credit to their regiment, to the Army, and I have personally received a great deal of praise for them from senior officers in the international security force."
Colour Sgt Newman leaves wife Stephanie and three children, Josh, 12, Mackenzie, 11, and eight year-old Tia.
Mrs Newman described her husband, who had also served in Iraq, as a "loving husband and a brilliant father" last night.
"Phillip took pride in all of his achievements," she said. "His great sense of humour Noun 1. sense of humour - the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous; "she didn't appreciate my humor"; "you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor"
sense of humor, humor, humour made the most of any situation.
"We are very proud of him. He died doing what he loved and we will all miss him very much."
Colour Sgt Newman joined the TA in Coventry in 1994 as a member of the 5th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers is an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Queen's Division.
The regiment was formed on April 23, 1968, as part of the reforms of the army that saw the creation of the first 'large infantry regiments', by the amalgamation of the . It became the 4th Battalion of the new Mercian Regiment at the start of this month.
Commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Ivan Yardley said: "Phillip touched many people's lives. He personified all that was good in a soldier.
"He led from the front and protected those who could not protect themselves."
Pte Tunnicliffe, 33 and from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, enlisted in Derby and began his training at the Army Training Regiment An Army Training Regiment (ATR) is a unit of the British Army which conducts basic training for all new recruits except Infantry recruits.
All new recruits, whether Regular or Territorial Army, are required to pass the Common Military Syllabus (Recruits) (CMS(R)), , Lichfield, followed by the Infantry Training Centre The Infantry Training Centre (ITC) is a unit of the British Army administered by HQ School of Infantry responsible for both basic and advanced training of soldiers joining the infantry. The ITC has three main locations. in Catterick.
He had served in Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Belize and Kenya.
The tragedy takes the number of British military fatalities in Afghanistan to 81 since the start of operations in November 2001.