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Luke Southgate

Luke Southgate

(1989 – 2010)

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Luke Southgate

Luke Southgate
(1989 – 2010)

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Luke Southgate

(1989 – 2010)
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About Luke
This is a tribute to Luke Southgate. Senior Aircraftman Luke Southgate from II Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday 24th February 2010.
Senior Aircraftman Luke Southgate was part of the Kandahar Airfield Force Protection Wing and was conducting a patrol to protect Kandahar Airfield, and all who operate within it, from the ever-present threat of rocket attacks when he was killed by an improvised explosive device whilst driving his WMIK Land Rover.
SAC Luke Southgate was born in Bury St Edmunds on 10th March 1989 and was soon to celebrate his twenty-first birthday on operations in Afghanistan.
He joined the RAF on 10th August 2008 as a Gunner in the Royal Air Force
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Regiment and quickly proved his potential during basic training at Royal Air Force Honington.
He was identified early as one to watch owing to his natural soldiering ability and leadership potential that earned him the Frank Sylvester Trophy for Top Student on his Trainee Gunners Course.
On completing training he applied for parachute duties and was subsequently selected to serve with Number II Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment where he promptly qualified as a Direct Fire Weapons Specialist on Machine Gun Flight. He was attached to D Flight for his tour of duty in Afghanistan and deployed in January 2010.
SAC Luke Southgate was immensely proud to be a member of the Royal Air Force Regiment and even
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more so to be a machine gun specialist. A reserved character, he was an extremely fit and strong Gunner who was described as 'happy, compassionate and fiercely loyal to his friends, who consider themselves lucky to have known him'. He used his strengths for the good of the team in the selfless style in which he led his life.
"Senior Aircraftman Luke Southgate was one of those Gunners that you wish you had more of in the squadron. He was devoted and worked tirelessly for his squadron and more importantly his friends."
Luke's family paid the following tribute:
"We cannot find the words to describe the tragic loss of our dear son Luke. He was the best son, brother and boyfriend any of us could ever
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have wished for. He died doing the job he loved and always wanted to do. He will be in our hearts always and our thoughts forever."
This is an online memorial dedicated to the memory of Luke and the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country. May he rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 5th Mar 2010
Maxine Phelps
wrote:
Luke, you were always such a gentleman at school and I have no doubt that you still are. Everyone is immensley proud of you and grateful for fighting for our country. RIP sweetheart, you are a true hero.xxxxxx
Remembrance Messages
On 28th Feb 2010
Tara Bennett
wrote:
Another sad loss, Jak is really struggling to come to terms with this bless him! He tells me you were a great lad, just to young to have been taken from us!! RIP Luke thinking of you and your family at this hard time...... xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Remembrance Messages
On 26th Feb 2010
Rick Taylor
wrote:
Per Ardua. Thinking of you and your family. All at 33 Sqn, Engineering Flt, Royal Air Force Benson.
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This is a tribute to Luke Southgate. Senior Aircraftman Luke Southgate from II Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday 24th February 2010.
Senior Aircraftman Luke Southgate was part of the Kandahar Airfield Force Protection Wing and was conducting a patrol to protect Kandahar Airfield, and all who operate within it, from the ever-present threat of rocket attacks when he was killed by an improvised explosive device whilst driving his WMIK Land Rover.
SAC Luke Southgate was born in Bury St Edmunds on 10th March 1989 and was soon to celebrate his twenty-first birthday on operations in Afghanistan.
He joined the RAF on 10th August 2008 as a Gunner in the Royal Air Force...

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