23 March 2003

 

Sapper L D G Allsopp and Staff Sergeant S Cullingworth

 


Sapper L.D.G. Allsopp with Staff Sergeant S. Cullingworth was ambushed on the outskirts of Al Zubayr, Iraq. They were taken to the Iraq Military Intelligence compound were they later died from gunshot wounds. There bodies were found just under a month later in a shallow grave not far from the town.

 


 

25066729 Sapper

 

Luke Dennis Glyn Allsopp.

 

33 Engineer Regiment.

 

Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

 

Photo taken by Gary Woodman-Simmons and Ron Harris.

 

Died on the 23rd March 2003. Aged 25.

 

Buried at All Saints Church, Wimbish, Essex.

 

Luke Allsopp

 

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Troulan, Commanding Officer 33 Engineer Regiment, Explosive Ordnance Disposal said:

“Luke Allsopp was a very capable individual who was well liked within the Squadron and a valued team member. He had served within bomb disposal in Cyprus and Kenya. He leaves behind a loving family and girlfriend, Katy.”

 

 

Sergeant Sean McLoughlin told mourners that Luke was affectionately known as “Muscles.” “He lived life to the max and he enjoyed it, we can be certain he is with us now with a pint in his hand, drinking his farewells.” “He lived as a soldier and he died as a soldier. A soldier fighting for peace and for right.”

 


 

24779897  Staff Sergeant

 

Simon Cullingworth.

 

33 Engineer Regiment.

 

Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

 

 

 

Photo taken by Gary Woodman-Simmons and Ron Harris.

 

Died on the 23rd March 2003. Aged 36.

 

Buried at All Saints Church, Wimbish, Essex.

 

Simon Cullingworth

 

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Troulan, the Commanding Officer of 33 Engineer Regiment Explosive Ordinance Disposal said:

 

“Staff Sergeant Cullingworth was an extremely experienced soldier who was in line for promotion and whose dedication to duty and professionalism won him the respect of everyone he served with. This was his third tour of duty with the Regiment he had already served as a Bomb Disposal Officer in the Balkans and Afghanistan. He leaves behind his wife Alison and two young sons Mathew aged 8 and Jack aged 3.”

 

 

Major Alec Campbell second in command of 33 EOD said: “He was meticulous in the way he ran his troop. He was thoroughly reliable-the sort of man who is the backbone of the British Army.”