It is with regret that the Ministry of Defence can confirm that Marine Nigel Dean Mead from Lima Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, Combined Force NDA (N) was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 15 May 2011.
Marine Nigel Dean Mead, 42 Commando Royal Marines. Picture: via MOD
During the morning of 15 May 2011, Lima Company were conducting a cordon and search operation, partnered with the Afghan National Security Forces, of compounds suspected of being associated with Improvised Explosive Device facilitation in the Loy Mandeh Wadi in the Nad-e Ali District of Helmand Province.
The location of these compounds is outside of the influence of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan which allows insurgent commanders to operate from them with a degree of impunity.
Lima Company landed in a helicopter and began to move towards the compounds of interest. Shortly afterwards, Marine Mead was fatally injured in an Improvised Explosive Device blast.
Marine Nigel Dean Mead
Marine Nigel Dean Mead was born on 9th October 1991. He lived with his mother, Amanda, and sister in Carmarthen. He studied at Queen Elizabeth High School in Carmarthen until he joined the Royal Marines.
He joined the Royal Marines on 27th October 2008, aged 17. It was Marine Mead’s first employment after leaving school, and he enjoyed the demanding rigour of the Royal Marines. He passed fit for duty as a Royal Marines Commando on 3rd July 2009, as an original member of 977 Troop. He was the youngest Marine to pass out from his Troop.
On completion of training he joined 8 Troop, Lima Company, 42 Commando based in Plymouth. He was involved in a number of high tempo and demanding tactical training exercises, including a 2 month amphibious deployment to the United States. He also enjoyed wider training activities such as Mountain Training. He completed the full pre-deployment training package for Operations in Afghanistan and in addition the Long Range Rifle course.
Marine Mead loved his friends and family and thoroughly enjoyed his time in the Royal Marines.
Dean’s Mother Amanda said:
“I could never write enough words that would truly say how much I loved and thought of you, you’re not a one in a million son you are one in a hundred million.
“You had the most wonderful and warming personality, one that I have never seen in anyone else, nor will ever see again. You gave me strength when I most need it and you were the rock that supported me through my life.”
“Although you turned out to be a proud and heroic Royal Marine you will always be my little blue-eyed boy.”
“The consequences of never hearing you say the words: “I love you mam” or never again having one of your loving and comforting `cwches’ and never hearing your cheeky laugh will leave me with a broken heart for the rest of my life.”
“You will remain in my thoughts for every second of every day my most wonderful son, rest in piece my darling little soldier xxxxxx Your loving and forever Mami.”
Dean’s Father Philip said:
“Our Dean, our boy, our little Big Man, our hero always wanted to be a Royal Marine and he turned out to be one of the best.
“I am speechless at our tragic loss, but until we meet again you will forever be in our hearts. All our love Dadi and Del xxxxx.”
Lieutenant Colonel Ewen Murchison MBE RM, Commanding Officer 42 Commando Royal Marines, Coalition Force Nad-e Ali (North) said:
“Mne Nigel Dean Mead was the epitome of a Royal Marines Commando. A young man with considerable inner strength, he was selfless, warm hearted, utterly professional and took enormous pride in his job. Despite this being his first tour of Afghanistan, he was a marksman of note and an inspiration to those who worked closely with him.
“At the moment his life was cut tragically short, he was operating deep in insurgent controlled territory, where the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices was high, demonstrating characteristic bravery and unwavering loyalty to his fellow Marines.
“Deano, as he is known to his friends, has made the ultimate sacrifice. The loss of such a fine young man is felt deeply across the whole of the Commando and shows the high regard in which he was held; indeed he was a truly valued, charismatic and popular member of Lima Company and the wider 42 Commando family.
“In giving his life he saved others and joins an illustrious list of legends; he will be sorely missed, but his memory will live on. He died on the front line, doing the job he loved, alongside his friends who will love him forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with his mother, Amanda, his father Phil and his sister Jessica.”
To read the full Eulogy for Marine Nighel Dean, click HERE, or on the image above.