Operations in Iraq

Staff Sergeant Simon Cullingworth and Sapper Luke Allsopp killed in Iraq

Two British soldiers were reported missing, later confirmed as killed, after an attack on British military vehicles in southern Iraq on Sunday 23 March 2003.

They were named as:

  • Staff Sergeant Simon Cullingworth, 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD), aged 36 from Essex
  • Sapper Luke Allsopp, 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD), aged 24 from North London

Staff Sergeant Simon Cullingworth

Staff Sergeant Simon Cullingworth
Staff Sergeant Simon Cullingworth [Picture: via MOD]

Aged 36, Staff Sergeant Cullingworth came from Essex and was married with two sons.

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Troulan, the Commanding Officer of 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), issued the following statement:

Staff Sergeant Cullingworth was an extremely experienced soldier who was in line for promotion and whose dedication to duty and professionalism won him the respect of everyone he served with.

This was his third tour of duty with the Regiment; he had already served as a Bomb Disposal Officer in the Balkans and Afghanistan. He leaves behind his wife Allison and two young sons, aged eight and three.

The family has been informed and we are giving them as much support as we can through this difficult time.

The media are asked to respect the family’s privacy.

Sapper Luke Allsopp

Sapper Luke Allsopp
Sapper Luke Allsopp [Picture: via MOD]

Aged 24, Sapper Allsopp came from North London.

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Troulan, the Commanding Officer of 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), issued the following statement:

Luke Allsopp was a very capable individual who was well liked within the Squadron, and a valued team member. He had served within bomb disposal in Cyprus and Kenya.

He leaves behind a loving family and girlfriend, Katy. The family have been informed and we are giving them as much support as we can through this difficult time.

The media are asked to respect the family’s privacy.