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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed services of each (a) sex, (b) age, (c) regiment and (d) service stationed in Afghanistan were (i) killed, (ii) seriously injured and (iii) otherwise injured in each year since 2001. (276999)

Since Operations began in Afghanistan in 2001, 159 UK Service personnel have died while on deployment, or as a result of injuries sustained in Afghanistan. The figures presented for fatalities are correct as at 19 May 2009. Of the 159 Service personnel who have died, information for four soldiers has not been publicly released and therefore their detailed information has been excluded from the following tables.

Since Operations began in Afghanistan in 2001, one female member of UK Service personnel has died while on deployment, or as a result of injuries in Afghanistan.

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

Age group

All

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

20091

All

159

0

3

0

1

1

39

42

51

22

<20

9

0

0

0

0

0

2

4

3

0

20-24

56

0

1

0

1

1

10

17

16

10

25-29

50

0

0

0

0

0

16

10

16

8

30-34

20

0

2

0

0

0

1

7

6

4

35-39

9

0

0

0

0

0

4

2

3

0

40+

11

0

0

0

0

0

6

2

3

0

Not released

4

0

0

0

d

0

0

0

4

0

1 As at 19 May

The following table provides a breakdown of fatalities by Service, Corps/Unit and year:

Service

Corps/unit

All

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

20091

All

All

159

0

3

0

1

1

39

42

51

22

Naval Service2

All

32

0

0

0

0

0

5

6

16

5

3 Command Brigade

29

0

0

0

0

0

3

5

16

5

1 Assault Group

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

Army

All

108

0

3

0

1

1

22

35

29

17

Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

Corps of Royal Engineers

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

Corps of Royal Military Police

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

Foot Guards

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

0

2

Household Cavalry

5

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

2

0

Intelligence Corps

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

Mercian Regiment

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

0

0

Parachute Regiment

15

0

0

0

0

0

5

0

10

0

Rifles

12

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

1

8

Royal Anglian Regiment

10

0

1

0

0

0

0

9

0

0

Royal Armoured Corps

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Royal Army Veterinary Corps

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Royal Corps of Signals

5

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

1

0

Royal Gurkha Regiment

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

1

Royal Irish Regiment

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

1

0

Royal Logistic Corps

6

0

2

0

0

0

2

0

2

0

Royal Regiment of Artillery

10

0

0

0

0

0

3

5

1

1

Royal Regiment of Scotland

6

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

3

1

Royal Welsh

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Yorkshire Regiment

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

RAF

All

15

0

0

0

0

0

12

1

2

0

120 Squadron

12

0

0

0

0

0

12

0

0

0

3 Squadron, RAF Regiment

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

504 RAF Auxiliary Squadron

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

51 Squadron

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Info not released

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

1 As at 19 May

2Naval Service includes Royal Navy and Royal Marines

In the table above, the breakdown for Army Corps is presented for the current Army structure, following the merger of many regiments over the last few years. Detail of an individual’s Corp is subject to change as further information becomes available.

Since Operations began in Afghanistan in 2001, 198 UK Service personnel have been very seriously or seriously injured (VSI/SI) while on deployment in Afghanistan. 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 the breakdown of 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

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

20091

Total

198

0

1

1

6

2

31

63

65

29

<20 years

20

0

0

0

0

0

2

7

11

0

20-24

83

0

1

0

2

1

10

27

26

16

25-29

50

0

0

1

2

1

9

17

11

9

30-34

23

0

0

0

0

0

5

8

9

1

35-39

18

0

0

0

1

0

5

3

6

3

40+

4

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

2

0

1 As at 16 May

The figures provided above exclude 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 4 provides a breakdown of very seriously and seriously injured casualties by Service and year:

Service

Total

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

20091

Total

198

0

1

1

6

2

31

63

65

29

Naval Service

48

0

1

0

0

0

7

14

15

11

Army

145

0

0

1

6

2

24

47

47

18

RAF

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

3

0

1 As at 16 May

The Naval Service figures provided above includes Royal Navy and Royal Marines. All figures provided exclude natural causes.

Since Operations began in Afghanistan in 2001, 602 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 Afghanistan. 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 Operations began in Afghanistan in 2001, nine female members of 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 Afghanistan.

A breakdown of casualties listed as III, UL and MI by age-group and year is provided in the following table:

Age-group

Total

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

20091

Total

602

0

3

0

1

6

67

213

207

105

<20 years

76

0

0

0

0

0

6

26

25

19

20-24

243

0

2

0

1

3

25

100

77

35

25-29

158

0

1

0

0

2

20

49

59

27

30-34

67

0

0

0

0

0

7

22

27

11

35-39

35

0

0

0

0

0

6

8

14

7

40+

19

0

0

0

0

1

1

6

5

6

Not available

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

1 As at 16 May

The figures provided above exclude 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.

A breakdown of casualties listed as III, UL and MI by Service and year is provided in the following table:

Service

Total

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

20091

Total

602

0

3

0

1

6

67

213

207

105

Naval service2

158

0

2

0

0

1

14

63

45

33

Army

430

0

1

0

1

5

50

147

157

69

RAF

14

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

5

3

1 As at 16 May

2 Naval Service includes Royal Navy and Royal Marines

The figures provided above exclude natural causes.