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Marines' ride pays tribute to their mate.

MOTORBIKE fanatics will ride 850 miles to pay tribute to a Geordie colleague who died in Afghanistan. Marines from 45 Commando commando, small, elite military raiding and assault unit or soldier. Although the word was coined in the Boer War (1899–1902), the role is as old as battles themselves. In 1940, when the British organized a number of such units, the term came into wide use.  Group, based in Arbroath, are planning a Memorial Motorcycle Marathon to remember Sergeant 'Manny' Manuel and raise funds for service charities.

The idea was born out of a conversation between two keen motorcyclists, originally from Newcastle - Sgt Manuel and Major Gary Giles, during the Commandoes' recent tour of Afghanistan. Sgt Manuel was killed in action in Helmand Province but it was decided the motorcycle tour with 25 riders should go ahead in his memory.

The tour will leave RM Condor, the home of 45 Commando in Arbroath, take in the west coast of Scotland, the Defence School of Transport in Leconsfield, Yorkshire, and the Royal Marines Royal Marines
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Brit a corps of soldiers specially trained in amphibious warfare
 Reserves Unit in Newcastle, before heading back to Arbroath.

Major Giles said: "Sgt Manuel was a real character who loved his motorbike, and was known to us all.

"It seemed very fitting to raise money in memory of our fatalities, with this event, and to honour all our fallen comrades Fallen Comrades is a first season episode of Beast Wars which first aired on September 30, 1996. Plot
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 during recent conflicts overseas." To donate go to www.justgiving.

com/45-Commando-RM-Memori-al-Motorcycle-Marathon and www.justgiving.

com/45-Commando-Royal-Mar-ines-Memorial-Motorcycle-Marathon.
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