Ben Reddy 1985– 2007
This is dedicated to Ben Reddy, a Royal Marine Commando, who was killed in action on Tuesday March 6 2007 during an operation in the Kajaki area of Helmand province in Afghanistan.
Ben had been at Ascot United since 1992 when he joined the club’s first intake of Under 7s and played through all the age groups before joining the men’s team. His parents, Phil and Liz and his younger brother Jamie all have long associations with the club and Ben and all the family have many friends at Ascot United.
Ben’s family and everyone at the club are very proud of his achievements and all our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.
You can find out more about the career of Ben on the MOD website.
The Tribute to Ben
As a mark of respect the club observed a minute’s silence before the Men’s first team, reserve team and vets matches last weekend.
Tribute from Doug Page, Vice Chairman, Ascot United
Doug coached ben when he first joined the club as an Under 7. He remained with the club progressing through all the age groups until he eventually played for the men’s teams.
“I saw Ben grow up into a young man. He was lively and directand his team mates thought of him very fondly. We all feel very much for his parents and family at this time who have also been involved at the club over the years. In September when Ben was home on leave before going out to Afghanistan he turned up to join in with his dad’s training session. He was kidding around and calling us ‘old folks’. Ascot United will always remember Ben.”
Back page from “The Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Marine Ben Reddy”
Extract from the MOD official Story – follow this link for the the original version on the MOD site
Marine Benjamin Reddy killed in Afghanistan
It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Marine Benjamin Reddy from K Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, in Afghanistan on Tuesday 6 March 2007.
Marine Reddy, aged 22, was killed when his unit came under fire during a deliberate clearance operation in the Kajaki area of Helmand Province
Marine Benjamin Reddy
Ben Reddy from Ascot, Berkshire, joined the Royal Marines on 18 April 2005. He deployed with K Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in September 2006.
Marine Reddy lived for every single day as a Royal Marine. Not only was he entirely professionally adept, he always displayed the manner and characteristics expected of a Royal Marine – the Commando Spirit. It was obvious to all that Marine Reddy treasured his Commando Green Beret and all that it stands for. He lived up to its reputation.
Never one to shirk his duties, Marine Reddy was often the first to volunteer for any task despite discomfort or danger, displaying typical unselfishness and courage that earned him great respect from his colleagues and peers. He would always work himself hard, always wanting to pull his weight for the team.
His honesty and openness gained him many friends within his Troop and Company. His tenacity, determination and professionalism shone through even in the toughest and most testing of conditions on operations. He would get on with the job, always wanting to produce the best results that he could.
Marine Reddy’s humour and sense of duty to his friends never faltered. He was happiest when standing shoulder to shoulder with his fellow marines and, with the rush of adrenaline that combat brings, those marines felt all the better for standing alongside him.
Marine Reddy’s parents have issued the following statement:
“This is the saddest day in our lives. Our son Ben’s death has left us feeling totally empty. He was and always will be our hero, not only as a son but as a brother to Jamie. We want to wish all the personnel serving in action abroad a safe return to their families.”
His Company released the following:
“Ben’s absence will be profoundly felt by all ranks within K Company. We have lost a vibrant, unique character with an irrepressible sense of loyalty to his comrades. But most of all we have lost a true friend.”
His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Matt Holmes Royal Marines, added:
“Ben Reddy was a dedicated Royal Marine. He will be remembered as an honest and unselfish man who was conscientious in his approach to his duties and always worked hard for his friends and colleagues. He was always the first to offer assistance or to volunteer no matter what the associated danger.
“He was rightly very proud of his Green Beret, the outward mark of the Commando soldier. However, the real display of his Commando qualities were in his daily actions with K Company, and he had acquitted himself well fighting alongside his colleagues on numerous occasions. Courageous and proficient when in contact with the enemy, his fighting spirit was indomitable.
“Ben had close friends in the Company, and was amongst them when he fell. His loss will be greatly felt by his colleagues in K Company and across the whole Commando Unit, close as we are. We know he was particularly close to his family, whom he treasured and often spoke about, and our thoughts and prayers are with them and his friends at this difficult time.”
Defence Secretary Des Browne said:
“Marine Reddy’s death is a tragic loss and my thoughts are with his family, colleagues and friends at what must be a most difficult time. It is clear that he was an excellent marine who served his company, service and country with pride. Marine Reddy made a vital contribution to the important NATO mission in Afghanistan; he will not be forgotten.”