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Colour Serjeant Kevin Charles Fortuna killed in Afghanistan

May 25, 2011

It is with regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Colour Serjeant Kevin Charles Fortuna from A Company, 1st Battalion The Rifles, was killed in Afghanistan on Monday 23 May 2011.

Colour Serjeant Kevin Charles Fortuna. Picture: via MOD

In the early evening of Monday 23 May 2011, Colour Serjeant* Fortuna was leading a patrol to disrupt enemy forces when he was killed by an improvised explosive device in the Sayedabad Kalay area of the Nahr-e Saraj (South) district of Helmand province.

Colour Serjeant Fortuna deployed to Afghanistan in April 2011 with Machine Gun Platoon, A Company, 1st Battalion The Rifles, in command of a multiple of twelve Riflemen. He was based in Check Point Sarhad in the Nahr-e-Saraj (South) district of Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Colour Serjeant Kevin Charles Fortuna

Colour Serjeant Fortuna was born on 18 June 1974 in Portsmouth, and attended Bourneside Comprehensive in Cheltenham. He joined the Army aged just sixteen, where his potential was recognised at an early stage. He joined the Gloucestershire Regiment in 1991 as a junior leader. Over the course of an exceptional career, Colour Serjeant Fortuna went on to deploy to Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. His vast experience, intellectual approach and calm manner led him to a position of great esteem within the Battalion.

Colour Serjeant Fortuna was a phenomenal, irreplaceable individual, who had already been selected for promotion and was very much a star of the future. He cared for those he commanded passionately, and had prepared both his men and himself flawlessly for this deployment. He will be very sorely missed by every man in the Battle Group.

Colour Serjeant Fortuna leaves behind his wife, Nia, mother, Sue, and brother, Kris. The thoughts of the Battle Group are very much with them at this tragic time.

Colour Serjeant Fortuna’s family paid the following tribute to him:

“Kevin was a true professional who loved his job and lived life to the full. He gave 19 loyal years to the Army and will be sadly missed by his Wife, Mother, Family and friends.”

Lieutenant Colonel James de Labillière DSO MBE, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion The Rifles, said:

“Colour Serjeant Fortuna was an utterly professional commander, Rifleman and a man of irreproachable integrity.

“His presence strengthened the Battalion and the loss with his passing will be acute. He was remarkable for many reasons, not least his complete and unwavering commitment to his Riflemen and their care. He was restless until he had achieved the very best for them and encouraged them to be restless until they achieved the very best for themselves. He was a master-tactician, and a soldier of great experience. He was to be a Company Serjeant Major in just three months time.

“Tonight I saw the impact of his passing on his tight-knit Multiple, brought together under his leadership over the last 8 months of hard training and latterly operations. Their grief-stricken resolve to get back out and continue the work that Colour Serjeant Fortuna had set in motion was awe-inspiring. It is a testament to his legacy, which will, forever, bond that band of Riflemen together.

“I will never forget him and nor will 1 RIFLES. I relied often on his considered and impeccable judgement. And on his humour and sense of fun. His name joins the list of Rifles’ heroes from which we will always draw inspiration and courage.

“At this impossibly difficult time our prayers and thoughts rest with his wife, Nia, and his Mother Sue and Brother Kris.

“Swift and Bold.”

To read the full Eulogy for Colour Serjeant Kevin Charles Fortuna click HERE, or on the image above.

* The spelling of Serjeant with a “j” is a military tradition peculiar to The Rifles.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Peter Willaims permalink
    May 25, 2011 19:57

    R.I.P. true and brave Hero, you now walk with all other Heroes that have gone before you, your name has now been entered onto that list of Heroes that dates from time immemorial to the end of days. May your family take comfort in the knowledge that your name and deeds will not wither and fade with time, that we will always remember you. We salute you and your family for your sacrifice you are truly a Son and Warrior of Albion. Swift and Bold, stand at ease soldier for you have earned your rest.

  2. neil permalink
    May 25, 2011 22:01

    R.I.P.A very brave man,like thay all are……Thank you for all you do……..

  3. jack permalink
    May 25, 2011 22:11

    R.I.P., Colour Serjeant Kevin Charles Fortuna. We will not forget. deepest sympathy to Nia, Sue, and Kris and all of your comrades. you were so well respected and loved by them. Keep the faith.xo

  4. karen permalink
    May 26, 2011 00:40

    He Made The Ultimate Sacrifice Like All Our Soldiers Do Each And Every Day They Go Out On Patrol, They Pray They Come Back Not Only To There Freinds They Serve With, But To Be Able To See There Families And Loved Ones Again, But Colour Sgt Fortuna Was A RIFLEMAN, Swift And Bold And He Will Come Home A Rilfleman, ‘Swift And Bold’, And A HERO to..Rest In Peace My Mighty Rifleman…….

  5. Jeri Mork permalink
    May 26, 2011 04:24

    I’m so very sorry, and I’m so very sad. May God be with his family and friends to comfort them at this time of grief. God Bless this Hero Soldier, and may he rest in peace. Praying for an end to war, may peace soon come to the world.

  6. Barry Sheridan permalink
    May 26, 2011 12:07

    To learn of the tragic loss of Colour Serjeant Fortuna is the saddest of starts to a new day. He joins a lengthening list of those who are amongst the finest this nation spawns, alas all I can do is express the deepest of sympathy to his wife, wider family and all with whom he served. RIP.

  7. May 26, 2011 14:03

    Such sad news . My heart goes out to his family and friends and all who served with him , as does my thoughts and prayers . Another HERO ! May he Rest In Peace .

    ” At the going down of the sun
    And in the morning
    We WILL remember them . “

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