|Birth: ||Oct. 6, 1989, England|
|Death: ||Jun. 13, 2010|
Metropolitan Borough of Birmingham
West Midlands, England
British Naval Service
He was deployed with the UK contingent of NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Marine Birdsall died of wounds in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham a day after being shot while on foot patrol in Helmand province. His unit was providing local security while engineering improvements were being made to a patrol base in Sangin District.
Aged 20, from Warrington, Cheshire. He joined the Royal Marines in December 2007. On completion of training he attended the Defence School of Transport in Leconfield where he gained his full range of driving licences, including his HGV driver qualification. He joined 40 Commando Royal Marines in January 2009 and was on his first operational tour. His commanding officer described as brilliant young marine whose gallantry, selflessness and determination impressed all who knew him. He was also a talented footballer and a keen supporter of Liverpool.
Marine Birdsall leaves behind his parents Jenny and Steve, younger sister Melissa, grandparents along with other relatives and friends. His family said, "There are no words that could ever express the heartache of losing our beautiful son, Steven, who was always so selfless, brave and fearless. Loving brother to Melissa, grandson to Grandma, Granny and Granddad and a much loved nephew and cousin. Steven had so many friends back home in Warrington and in 40 Commando Royal Marines, and we are forever thankful to the lads who were with him when he needed them most. See you later mate, we are so very proud of you, love Mum and Dad."
Funeral service with full military honours was held July 1, 2010 at St. Elphin's Parish Church, Warrington.
*Thanks to boberts for the grave photos
Fox Covert Cemetery
Warrington Unitary Authority
Created by: Milou
Record added: Jun 16, 2010
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