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Captain Tom Jennings killed in Afghanistan

January 3, 2012

It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Captain Tom Jennings, Royal Marines, who was killed in Afghanistan on 22 December 2011.

Captain Tom Jennings, Royal Marines. Picture: via MOD

Captain Tom Jennings, Royal Marines. Picture: via MOD

Capt Jennings died after the vehicle he was travelling in struck an explosive device whilst on an operation to the south of Kabul.

Squadron Leader Anthony Downing RAF, whose death was announced separately by the Ministry of Defence, had been travelling in the same vehicle.

Captain Tom Jennings, Royal Marines

Capt Jennings died after the vehicle he was travelling in struck an explosive device whilst on an operation to the south of Kabul.

Capt Jennings, aged 29, was a true leader, selfless in his professional approach serving those who were his responsibility. Dedicated and humble, he was an archetypal Royal Marine with a keen sense of humour even when faced with adversity. Whilst working with the Afghan forces that he partnered, he displayed empathy and a broad cultural understanding that ensured he was highly valued by the Afghans as well as his Royal Marine brothers.

He was devoted to his wife and their two young sons whose loss cannot be portrayed in words. The Royal Marines have lost a brother, they have lost their world.

Capt Jennings’ family have asked that their privacy is respected.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2012 16:25

    My heart goes out to Capt Jennings family, friends and comrades in arms. It is never easy but even harder at this time of year. Bless you all.

  2. Barry Sheridan permalink
    January 3, 2012 19:21

    This is simply dreadful for Captain Jenning’s family, as it is for Squadron Leader Downings family, especially at this time of year. My sincerest condolences are extended to all who were close to these fine officers. RIP

  3. Candice permalink
    January 3, 2012 22:55

    My love and prayers to the family and may his brothers in the Royal Marines continue with the courage and dignity shown by this brave young man. God Bless you all.

  4. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    January 8, 2012 22:09

    Tom You are living on eternity and on our hearts and, thus, i may not be sad. on the contrary i am sure we may comunicat normally, on the place where no distance nor barrier exist: the heart. Claudio alpaca

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