British servicewoman killed in Iraq rocket strike named

12 March 2020, 17:56

Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon has been named as a soldier killed in Iraq yesterday evening
Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon has been named as a soldier killed in Iraq yesterday evening. Picture: PA

By Kate Buck

A British servicewoman who was killed in a rocket strike in Iraq has been named as Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon, 26.

LCpl Gillon served as a Reserve with the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry.

Her commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel William Leek, Commanding Officer Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry, said: "LCpl Brodie Gillon was a hugely popular character in the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry and we are proud and humbled to have served with her in our ranks.

"She was a larger than life soldier who was determined to deploy on operations, help others, develop herself and gain practical experience.

"She had already achieved a great deal in her relatively short time with us and it was abundantly clear that she was destined for great things in her civilian and military careers. Her loss is keenly felt.

An abandoned truck with homemade rocket launchers was found not far from the base
An abandoned truck with homemade rocket launchers was found not far from the base. Picture: PA

"My deepest condolences go to her family and loved ones. They are in my thoughts and prayers, and those of the wider Regimental family."

LCpl Gillon was killed in an attack on the Taji Airbase, the MoD confirmed.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab condemned the "cowardly" attack on the Taji air base in Iraq and said the UK and its allies would "hold those responsible to account".

He said he had spoken to US counterpart Mike Pompeo about the situation, adding: "We will defend against these deplorable acts.

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