By Ben Cohen
I went to school with Lt Mark Evison. Not a close friend, but a good guy who will be missed tremendously. It is another unnecessary death in another unnecessary war. From the Ministry of Defense:
Lieutenant Mark Evison was injured while on patrol outside Check
Point Haji Alem in Helmand province (Afghanistan) where he was serving as a Platoon
Lt Evison was the Officer Commanding Number 7 Platoon, which was
part of the Number 2 Company Group operating in the south of Nad e-Ali.
The company has four patrol bases or check points, one of which - Haji
Alem -was occupied by Lt Evison and his platoon.
In addition to defending the check point they were responsible for
patrolling the local area in order to deter insurgent activity and
improve security for the local population.
On 9 May 2009, Lt Evison was leading such a patrol when they came
under enemy fire. He was hit in the shoulder by a single round, and was
evacuated back to the hospital in Camp Bastion.
Despite the best medical treatment available, he was showing no sign
of recovering, and he was flown back to Selly Oak Hospital in
Birmingham. His family were with him when he died.
Rest In Peace Mark. You served your country, even if it didn't serve you.