Privates Robert Wood and Dean Hutchinson killed in Afghanistan.
It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of Private Robert Wood and Private Dean Hutchinson, both of the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC), who were killed in a fire at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, on Monday 14 February 2011.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. It is not thought to be the result of enemy action.
Private Robert Wood
Private Robert Wood was born on 24 June 1982. He joined the RLC as a Driver Port Operator on 26 July 2001 and on completion of his training was posted to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, his military home in Marchwood, Hampshire. From the very outset his presence and work ethic was clear for all to see.
Private Wood’s fortitude and cheerful ‘Wilco’ approach optimises the very essence of what it takes to be an Army Stevedore. A proud and professional Port Operator, he would always be there to lend a hand, team work being an essential element to loading or discharging shipping. A very recent and proud father, he constantly thought of his new family and gained strength from the thought of returning to them.
Private Wood was part of the Theatre Logistic Group’s Transport Troop, a vital link in the logistic support to operations, when he was caught by a fire that took hold within his workplace, tragically claiming his life.
A hugely popular figure, Private Robert Wood – ‘Woody’ to his friends – will leave a void behind him that will be difficult to fill. The loss that will be felt by those in the Theatre Logistic Group and 17 Port and Maritime Regiment will pale to that of his proud parents and Rebecca, the mother of his beloved son, Noah. Private Wood was a caring and thoughtful man with a strong heart who will be sorely missed and forever remembered by all who knew him.
The family of Private Wood have made the following statement:
“Rob was an adored and adoring son, partner, and father to his baby son. We are so immensely proud of him and he will live in our hearts forever.”
Private Dean Hutchinson
Private Dean ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson was born on 27 November 1987. He joined The Royal Logistic Corps as a Driver on 2nd September 2004. On completion of his training, Private Hutchinson was posted to 9 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps at Chippenham, Wiltshire, where his infectious humour and hard work immediately earned the respect and friendship of his peers.
A lively and energetic soldier, Private Hutchinson could always be found getting stuck in with whatever his Troop was up to, both in work and socially. A dedicated tradesman, his energy acted as a spur to others, especially the more junior members of his Troop.
Private Hutchinson was part of the Theatre Logistic Group’s Transport Troop, a vital link in the logistic support to operations, when he was caught by a fire that took hold within his workplace, tragically claiming his life.
The prayers and thoughts of all those serving in the Theatre Logistic Group and his parent Regiment go out to his loved ones, in particular his family, whose grief at this time will surpass even the sorrow felt by his colleagues. The loss to the Royal Logistic Corps of this young and promising soldier will be keenly felt and he will be remembered as an enthusiastic and energetic Driver.
The family of Private Hutchinson have made the following statement:
“Dean was an amazing son, brother and boyfriend; we were so proud of him when he joined the Army, as were his family and friends, all of whom loved him very much. He will always be in our hearts and thoughts. Forever and always, we love you son.”
To read the full Eulogies for Privates Robert Wood and Dean Hutchinson click here