Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee WO1 Glenn Haughton, laid a wreath at the Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial in London this week as a tribute to the thousands of servicemen and women that fought in the First Gulf War. Specifically for the 47 British Service personnel who sadly lost their lives.
The 28 February 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the First Gulf War. The conflict was fought between 2 Aug 1990 to 28 Feb 1991 following the invasion of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. The UK joined a US led coalition of some 35 countries to liberate Kuwait with a temporary ceasefire agreed on the 28 February 1991.
The British contribution, codenamed Operation GRANBY, saw the largest deployment of British service personnel since the Second World War with over 53,000 personnel deployed.
Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee, WO1 Glenn Haughton, deployed on Operation GRANBY with the Grenadier Guards in January 1991 as a young 18-year-old Private.
The Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial was commissioned in 2014 by the then Prime Minister to mark British involvement in 25 years of wars, campaigns and operations in the Middle East and Central Asia from the First Gulf War (Op GRANBY) through to 2015. The Memorial honours both UK Armed Forces and civilians who served their country in the Gulf region, Iraq (and Afghanistan), and who supported them back home, from 1990-2015.