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Armed Forces: Casualties

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed services of each (a) sex, (b) age cohort, (c) regiment and (d) service stationed in Iraq were (i) killed, (ii) seriously injured and (iii) otherwise injured in each year since 2007. (277235)

Since 1 January 2007, 52 UK service personnel have died while on deployment, or as a result of injuries sustained in Iraq. The figures presented for fatalities are correct as at 19 May 2009. Of the 52 service personnel who have died, information for three soldiers has not been publicly released and therefore their detailed information has been excluded from the tables.

Since 1 January 2007, three female UK service personnel have died while on deployment, or as a result of injuries in Iraq. These figures are correct as at 19 May 2009.

The following table provides a breakdown of fatalities by age-group and year.

Age-group

All

2007

2008

20091

All

52

47

4

1

<20

6

5

0

0

20-24

22

21

0

1

25-29

11

10

1

0

30-34

5

4

1

0

35-39

3

3

0

0

40+

3

2

1

0

Not released

3

2

1

0

1 As at 19 May

The following table provides a breakdown of fatalities by service, corps/unit and year.

Service

Corps/unit

All

2007

2008

20091

All

All

52

47

4

1

Naval Service2

All

0

0

0

0

Army

All

43

40

2

1

Army Air Corps

1

0

1

0

Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

1

1

0

0

Corps of Royal Engineers

1

0

1

0

Corps of Royal Military Police

1

1

0

0

Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment

5

5

0

0

Foot Guards

3

3

0

0

Intelligence Corps

1

1

0

0

Mercian Regiment

1

1

0

0

Parachute Regiment

2

2

0

0

Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

1

0

0

1

Rifles

9

9

0

0

Royal Armoured Corps

5

5

0

0

Royal Army Medical Corps

2

2

0

0

Royal Corps of Signals

1

1

0

0

Royal Logistic Corps

3

3

0

0

Royal Regiment of Scotland

2

2

0

0

Royal Welsh

3

3

0

0

Yorkshire Regiment

1

1

0

0

RAF

All

6

5

1

0

1 Squadron RAF Regiment

3

3

0

0

230 Squadron

1

1

0

0

504 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force

1

1

0

0

903 Expeditionary Air Wing

1

0

1

0

Info not released

3

2

1

0

1 As at 19 May

2 Naval Service includes Royal Navy and Royal Marines

Note:

The breakdown for Army Corps is presented for the current Army structure, following the merger of many regiments over the last few years. Also, detail of an individual's Corp is subject to change as further information becomes available.

Since 1 January 2007, 79 UK service personnel have been very seriously or seriously injured (VSI/SI) while on deployment in Iraq. The figures presented are sourced from the NOTICAS reporting system and include casualties reported up to 16 May 2009. Casualties within the cause category of ‘natural causes’ are excluded from the figures.

Information on very seriously and seriously injured casualties by sex for the time period requested cannot be released without disclosing individual identities.

The following table provides a breakdown of very seriously and seriously injured casualties by age-group and year.

Age-group

Total

2007

2008

20091

Total

79

69

9

1

<20 years

13

12

1

0

20-24

21

18

2

1

25-29

16

14

2

0

30-34

11

9

2

0

35-39

14

12

2

0

40+

4

4

0

0

1 As at 16 May

Note:

These figures exclude natural causes

Information on very seriously and seriously injured casualties by regiment, or other service equivalent, for the time period requested cannot be released without disclosing individual identities.

A breakdown of very seriously and seriously injured casualties by service and year is provided in the following table.

Service

Total

2007

2008

20091

Total

79

69

9

1

Naval Service1

1

1

0

0

Army

70

60

9

1

RAF

8

8

0

0

1 As at 16 May

2 Naval Service includes Royal Navy and Royal Marines

Note:

These figures exclude natural causes

Since 1 January 2007, 409 UK service personnel have been recorded on the NOTICAS casualty reporting system with a medical listing of Incapacitating Illness/Injury (III), Unlisted Condition (UL) or Minor Injury (MI) while on deployment in Iraq. The figures presented include casualties reported up to 16 May 2009. Casualties within the cause category of ‘natural causes’ are excluded from the figures.

Since 1 January 2007,13 female members of UK service personnel have been recorded on the NOTICAS casualty reporting system with a medical listing of III, UL or MI while on deployment in Iraq.

The following table provides a breakdown of casualties listed as III, UL and MI by age-group and year.

Age-group

Total

2007

2008

20091

Total

409

243

124

42

<20 years

47

20

18

9

20-24

166

104

46

16

25-29

91

54

29

8

30-34

46

31

14

1

35-39

39

23

11

5

40+

20

11

6

3

1As at 16 May

Note:

These figures excludes natural causes

Information on the breakdown of casualties by regiment, or other service equivalent, for the time period requested cannot be released without disclosing individual identities.

The following table provides a breakdown of listed as III, UL and MI by service and year.

Service

Total

2007

2008

20091

Total

409

243

124

42

Naval Service2

17

4

11

2

Army

365

226

100

39

RAF

27

13

13

1

1 As at 16 May

2Naval Service includes Royal Navy and Royal Marines

Note:

These figures exclude natural causes