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Captain Lisa Jade Head dies of wounds sustained in Afghanistan

April 21, 2011

It is with regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Captain Lisa Head from 321 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Squadron, 11 EOD Regiment RLC, died on 19 April 2011, in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, of wounds received in Afghanistan.

Captain Lisa Jade Head RLC

Captain Lisa Head deployed to Afghanistan on 27 March 2011 as an Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEED) (Neutralise) Operator with the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Task Force. She was based in Patrol Base 4 in the Nahr-e-Saraj District of Helmand province, Afghanistan.

On 18 April 2011, Captain Head deployed with her team to dispose of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) found by B Company, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA), in an alleyway frequently used by Afghans and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops alike. After rendering safe the initially identified IED, Captain Head was severely injured while dealing with a second IED.

Immediate first aid was provided and a helicopter Medical Emergency Response Team recovered the casualty to the military hospital in Camp Bastion.

Surgeons stabilised Captain Head sufficiently for a Critical Care Air Support Team to conduct a medical evacuation from Camp Bastion to the Queen Elizabeth NHS Hospital in Birmingham, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Captain Lisa Jade Head

Captain Head was born on 30 November 1981, in Huddersfield. She studied Human Biology at Huddersfield University before attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst from 2004 – 2005.

Captain Head commissioned into the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) and initially trained as an Air Transport Liaison Officer, deploying to Iraq in 2006 and Afghanistan in 2007. She was selected to attend the Ammunition Technical Officers (ATO) course, and on passing was posted to 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Regiment RLC. She served with distinction as an ATO in Northern Ireland with 321 EOD Squadron (Sqn), and while there she attended the High-Threat Operators Course. After successfully completing the High-Threat Course as an IEDD (Neutralise) Operator she joined the C-IED Task Force for Op HERRICK 14.

Captain Head was an exemplary member of the Joint Force EOD Group within the C-IED Task Force. She was a popular and respected member of her parent Regiment and Squadron. A gifted Troop Commander, she had earned the respect of all ranks.

Captain Head had a bright future ahead of her – her professionalism, leadership and unswerving sense of duty would have carried her far. She will, justly, be remembered among the ranks of the bravest of the brave.

Her family made the following statement:

“We wish to say that we are extremely proud of Lisa. Lisa always said that she had the best job in the world and she loved every second of it. Lisa had two families – us and the Army. Lisa had a fantastic life and lived it to the full. No-one was more loved.”

Lisa’s family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very sad time.

To read the full Eulogy for Captain Lisa Jade Head, click HERE.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. tari permalink
    April 21, 2011 08:33

    deeply sympathy to her family. RIP

  2. April 21, 2011 08:34

    So sorry for the loss of such a beautiful person, truly valiant in the fight for freedom. My condolences, and blessings to the family and friends of Captain Lisa Head. May she rest in peace, and may we never forgot those who sacrificed all.

  3. Priscilla Dicketts permalink
    April 21, 2011 12:41

    My husband and I know only too well the pain and sadness of losing a child. But we are all proud of what they do in their fight for freedom. Our condolences and thoughts are with the family and friends of Capt. Lisa Head.

  4. Barry Sheridan permalink
    April 21, 2011 13:59

    The loss of any of our personnel far from home is much regretted. My thoughts as always reside with those most affected, the family and those who served along side. RIP.

  5. Mary Francis permalink
    April 21, 2011 16:35

    I am so saddened at the loss of such a courageous young woman. I know that Lisa will have saved many lives during the course of her work in Afghanistan and paid the ultimate price.
    It bought to mind this passage from the bible – “Greater love hath no man(woman) than this, that a man (woman) lay down his life for his friends”.
    God bless you Lisa, RIP. My deepest condolences to Lisa’s family and friends.

    Mary (A soldier’s mother).

  6. Peter Willaims permalink
    April 21, 2011 23:12

    R.I.P. brave Hero, we salute you as a true Daughter and Warrior of Albion, your name will live forever. Your deeds shall not fade and your name shall not wither for your uncommon valour was indeed a common virtue, we will honour your sacrifice forever and a day. You now belong to that group of Heroes the likes of which we may never see again in our life times but who our children`s children and their children’s children will speak their names with pride till the end of days. Albert Pike wrote ‘What we do for ourselves alone dies with us; What we do for others and the world Remains and is Immortal’

  7. Helga permalink
    April 23, 2011 15:34

    I too am a soldier’s mum and I agree withMary Francis above. The lives she saved were numerous and obviously she loved her work. Brave heroine , like the other IED disposal people gone before, she will never be forgotten. My sympathies to her family and friends. So sad to lose such a bright star but she will shine, just not on earth. Rest in Peace brave Lisa.

  8. April 23, 2011 22:14

    Deepest sympathy goes to Lisa’s family, friends and colleagues – I did not know this young lady , but I know it is because of people like her that our soldiers and those people of Afghanistan got to live……….You will not be forgotten Lisa – R.I.P now.

  9. Mr S Winterbottom permalink
    April 28, 2011 01:33

    Shocked to the core, visa-vee my own working life, did-for a while, mirror, areas of hers; continued Irish terror-{My issue, mainland UK-Northern Sector-Manchester-Oxford Road}; & is all the more heightened with the upcoming royal event. The loss of a brave; & tireless; & capable; & very well loved individual; as well as team-player-{No time for individualists-well known}-is a bad body blow; as we, in the UK; at home & abroad; need all we have. A bad blow indeed.

  10. Mr S Winterbottom permalink
    April 28, 2011 01:48

    One last comment, a true “Catherine Zeta Jones”, of a warrior. RIP braveheart-a shame the men don’t match this caliber.

  11. Mr S Winterbottom permalink
    April 28, 2011 02:00

    The commanding off. must be heartbroken.

  12. Keith and Lesley permalink
    December 22, 2011 20:08

    Keith & Lesley
    We met Lisa.s mum and dad June 2011 No words can explain their loss and how proud they where of their daughter, We where very lucky our son returned for which we are extremely gratefull. We like many more people would like to give thanks for our boys and girls that are doing an extremely difficult job in extreme circumstances.
    If only we could take some of the pain from Leila and John we would, but we can only admire and prey for them.
    Thanks Lisa, although we never met you your story will be with us for the rest of our lives.
    Rest in peace

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