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Corporal Mark Anthony Palin killed in Afghanistan

July 20, 2011

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Corporal Mark Anthony Palin from 1st Battalion The Rifles was killed in Afghanistan on 18 July 2011.

Corporal Mark Palin. Picture: via MOD

Corporal Palin deployed to Afghanistan in April 2011 with B Company, 1st Battalion The Rifles, as the second-in-command of a twelve-man multiple. He was based at Checkpoint Jeker in the Nahr-e Saraj (South) district of Helmand province, Afghanistan.

On the morning of 18 July 2011, whilst guiding a patrol, he was killed by an improvised explosive device. He was on an operation to clear and exploit a cache of nearly complete improvised explosive device components that had been discovered late the night before.

Corporal Mark Anthony Palin

Corporal Palin was born on 12 November 1978 in Plymouth, and enlisted in the Army in 1996, joining the 1st Battalion the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment in Paderborn, with whom he went on to serve in Northern Ireland and Iraq, the latter as a mortar fire controller.

Displaying his versatility and enthusiasm for soldiering, he deployed to Afghanistan this year as part of a Rifle Company, following a posting training recruits at the Army Foundation College, Harrogate. Corporal Palin’s affable and straightforward approach put those around him at great ease, and he settled into B Company immediately.

Corporal Palin was a prominent Battalion personality; nicknamed ‘Maldoon’ by friends, he was widely known and extremely well liked by everyone who had the pleasure of serving with him. His self deprecating humour and quick wit held him in high regard with his peers, superiors, and the Riflemen alike. In a tight spot it would be Corporal Palin’s humour keeping the morale up; few men have been so highly respected and appreciated.

Corporal Palin leaves behind his loving wife, Carla and his young son Lennon. At this tragic time the thoughts of the Battlegoup are very much with them, along with his father Paul, brother Matthew and sister Louise.

Corporal Palin’s family paid the following tribute:

“Mark was unique, one in a million. He was loved deeply by all his family and friends. He was a devoted family man who adored his son and was so looking forward to the birth of his daughter. He will be deeply missed by all his family, friends and everyone who knew him.”

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

“Corporal Mark Palin was a Battalion personality through and through. He thrived on the friendship of many, and was generous to a fault in the friendship he gave in return. Indeed this was the very essence of the man; always putting others first, and taking huge enjoyment in making others smile and laugh, no matter how difficult the circumstances.

“He died leading from the very front, as was his way. He had a fearless bravery with which he just made things happen. And he was always restless and eager to help. In so doing he made himself the pivotal part of the team. He was hugely respected by his Riflemen and greatly relied on by his Commanders. A more selfless man you could never meet.

Please click here or the image above for the full eulogy of Corporal Mark Palin

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Kerry Maria Lawson permalink
    July 20, 2011 12:19

    Mark(Maldoon)It tears us apart when we hear of a passing, but memories of u will be everlasting. ‘SPURS ALL THE WAY’-RIP MATE

  2. Barry Sheridan permalink
    July 20, 2011 13:35

    Corporal Mark Palin’s passing on active service is a bitter blow on top of other recent losses. As before my sympathies go to those most affected, in this case his widow Carla and son Lennon who will both have unfillable holes in their lives. This concern extends to his parents, brother and sister and of course to those who served alongside. RIP

  3. July 20, 2011 15:28

    heartfelt sympathies to all who will miss him

  4. Priscilla Dicketts permalink
    July 20, 2011 17:18

    our thoughts are with all this family and friends.

  5. Daisydot40 permalink
    July 21, 2011 01:30

    R.I.P to a brave soldier and hero. Thinking of your family and friend at this sad time. xx

  6. jill simpson permalink
    July 27, 2011 18:31

    My thoughts are for the family he left behind. R.I.P Love always for our heroes. x

  7. Joan Werner permalink
    August 28, 2011 19:46

    This obituary was the last post my brother put on his FB page. He was quite patriotic and his heart went out to all military people. He was in the USAF many years ago and had a huge place in his heart for all those who serve their country. RIP Mark AnthoNy Pallin and RIP Robert Werner. My brother died the day after he posted this, at age 59, of a heart attach. Our family is feeling the Pallin family’s pain. Sorry for your loss.

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