|Birth: ||1978, England|
|Death: ||Jan. 11, 2010|
Receipient of Queen's Commendation for Bravery (posthumous)
11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment
Royal Logistic Corps
He was deployed as part of the Counter-IED Task Force with the UK contingent of NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Capt Read, a high-threat bomb disposal operator, died after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated while on he was on patrol in the Musa Qala area of northern Helmand Province.
Aged 31, he was raised in Rainham, Kent and lived in Newquay, Cornwall. He joined the Corps of Royal Engineers in 1996 as a sapper and later deployed on his first tour of duty to Afghanistan in 2002. After his tour, he applied for a commission and finished officer's training at Sandhurst in late 2004. He was posted as a troop commander in April 2005, completed the All Arms Commando Course and served in Afghanistan in 2006. He then passed the Ammunition Technical Officers' Course and the high threat operators' course. In October 2009, he was wounded by an IED but volunteered for frontline duty after only two months of treatment. Described as likeable and having a zest for life, he was a natural leader respected by his colleagues for taking on a very dangerous job. He was credited with safely defusing 32 IEDs before his death.
Capt Read is survived by his wife, Lorraine "Lou" Read, his mother Sally Webb, father Leslie Read, sisters, other family and friends.
Funeral with full military honours was held on February 4, 2010 in Truro Cathedral.
In September 2010, Capt Read was posthumously awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery (QCB) in recognition of his gallant service.
Heartfelt thank you to Mrs Webb for the burial information.
*Sincere thanks to Reilly for her generous sponsorship of this memorial.
Cornwall Unitary Authority
Created by: Milou
Record added: Jan 13, 2010
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