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James Oakland

"Jim"

James Oakland

(Passed – 2009)

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James Oakland

James Oakland
(Passed – 2009)

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This online obituary is in memory of James Oakland. James Oakland (Jim Oakland) was a Corporal serving with the Royal Military Police and was tragically killed in Afghanistan on the 22nd October 2009.
Corporal James Oakland died after being mortally wounded by an improvised explosive device on a foot patrol in the Gereshk region of Helmand province. He was conducting a route search to clear devices to allow the Battle Group freedom of movement. Corporal James 'Jim' Oakland deployed two months early as a Battlefield Casualty Replacement, prior to the rest of the Company for Op HERRICK 11. On arrival he was deployed to a Forward Operating Base as the Weapons Intelligence Detachment Commander in the Gereshk area
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of Helmand Province. Embedded within the Battlegroup, his duties included direct support to Improvised Explosive Device Disposal teams, scientific exploitation of devices and support to Battle Group patrols. Corporal James Oakland was an outstanding Junior Non-Commissioned Officer with excellent prospects.
He joined the Army in January 2002 and passed out into the Intelligence Corps. In 2003 he transferred to the Royal Military Police and attended phase 2 training at the Royal Military Police Training School, Chichester. His first posting was to 156 Provost Company RMP in Colchester, where he conducted General Policing Duties. From there he deployed with the Spearhead Lead Element to operations in Kosovo and
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Beirut. Following this Corporal Oakland immersed himself in pre-deployment training for OP HERRICK 8 where he deployed with the Force Protection Company in Kabul.
After this highly successful tour he was posted to Weapons Intelligence Specialist Company and soon sent on his Level 2 Investigational course, qualifying him as a Class 1 RMP Investigator. He passed with a very high standard and a recommendation for the Special Investigation Branch.
On return to his unit he again became involved with pre-deployment training prior to deploying as the Weapons Intelligence Detachment Commander in the Gereshk area of Helmand Province. Corporal James Oakland was a personable, motivated and intelligent individual.
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He nurtured those under his Command whilst constantly striving to better himself by learning from his superiors. He was enthusiastic and energetic about his work. Corporal James Oakland is survived by his parents Steve and Christine and a brother, Daniel, who is in his final term at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
He had a long term girlfriend, Lauren Bowyer, whom he loved dearly and enjoyed travelling the world with; Corporal Oakland was very close to his family who are from New Moston in Manchester. Corporal Oakland's family paid the following tribute, "We are immensely proud of James, the person he was and the job that he did. He was a true friend, loving son, grandson, brother and boyfriend, who
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will be dearly missed and never forgotten."
Major Andy Lewis Royal Logistic Corps, Company Commander, Weapons Intelligence Specialist Company said, "Corporal Jimmy Oakland was one of the brightest stars in my Company and it was an honour to serve alongside him. A giant in both mind and body he had a natural flair for his job. He was the man you wanted on your side in a difficult situation as he had been there many times before. A soldier's soldier, he was in his element in the field; robust, devoted and utterly professional, he epitomised the RMP soldier in every aspect. It was on that basis that he was selected to go out to Afghanistan in advance of the Main Body. Then, as always, he was in the lead, taking
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the Counter IED fight to the enemy. He understood the risks associated with his job in Helmand but he never wavered because he knew that he could make a difference to others. He was a central part of company life and he worked hard and played harder; his keen wit brightened many a dark moment. Always cheerful he was the steadfast rock that brought a calm and reassuring air to the Company and to those he worked with. Never a man for ceremony, he let his actions speak for him and they did. The Company is understandably shocked by his death and that such a pivotal character has been taken so cruelly. Our thoughts go out to his family and girlfriend at this awful time. He will be missed but never forgotten. Corporal
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Oakland's mindset was selfless and professional in every way. He was a thoroughly decent individual who will be sorely missed by everyone in who knew him."
Warrant Officer Class 2 Andy Peat, Company Sergeant Major, said, "Jim was one of the Company's natural leaders, best soldiers and funniest guys. Never shy in coming forward or from speaking his mind, he was always reliable and I trusted him implicitly; he was a fantastic man. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, girlfriend and all that knew him. I for one was proud to serve and drink with him."
This memorial is in honour of James Oakland, his achievements and the ultimate sacrifice he made. May he rest in peace.
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This online obituary is in memory of James Oakland. James Oakland (Jim Oakland) was a Corporal serving with the Royal Military Police and was tragically killed in Afghanistan on the 22nd October 2009.
Corporal James Oakland died after being mortally wounded by an improvised explosive device on a foot patrol in the Gereshk region of Helmand province. He was conducting a route search to clear devices to allow the Battle Group freedom of movement. Corporal James 'Jim' Oakland deployed two months early as a Battlefield Casualty Replacement, prior to the rest of the Company for Op HERRICK 11. On arrival he was deployed to a Forward Operating Base as the Weapons Intelligence Detachment Commander in the Gereshk area...

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