|Birth: ||Nov. 11, 1986|
County Dublin, Ireland
|Death: ||May 7, 2009|
Corporal from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland. Aged 22, he was deployed with the British contingent of NATO forces in southern Afghanistan. Serving as Acting Sergeant at the time of his death, he was posthumously promoted to Sergeant.
Sgt Binnie was killed during a fire fight with insurgents near Musa Qaleh in Helmand province where he was serving as part of the battle group mentoring the Afghan National Army.
Born in Dublin to Scottish parents and raised in Aberdeen, he joined the Army in 2003. He was most recently based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and served with his battalion in both Iraq and the Falkland Islands. Sgt Binnie passed the arduous Section Commanders' Battle Course in 2008 and took command of his section in time to deploy on Operation HERRICK in Afghanistan in March, living and working with the Afghan troops. He was due to return soon to carry out his officer training at Sandhurst.
He was described as enthusiastic, determined and very robust, both mentally and physically. He carried others along with his force of personality and also had a great sense of humour.
Sean is survived by his wife of six months, Amanda, parents Allan and Janette, and other relatives.
Funeral service was held on May 22, 2009 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Annadale Avenue, Belfast. His coffin was draped in the Union flag with the cap of his regiment placed on top. Burial at Roselawn Cemetery with full military honours.
In the 19 March 2010 Operational Honours List, Acting Sergeant Binnie received a posthumous award of Mention in Despatches.
*Thanks to Helena Herd for the photo
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Created by: Milou
Record added: May 22, 2009
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