Dedication service for courageous soldier in Uckfield

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PRIVATE Daniel Gamble was serving as a rifleman and linguist when he was killed by a suicide bomber on June 8, 2008 in southern Afghanistan. The 22-year-old from Piltdown Rise, Uckfield was the 100th British soldier to die in the conflict.

On Friday, June 8 his friends and family gathered at Holy Cross Church for a dedication service marking the fourth anniversary of his death and the unveiling of a memorial bench and flagpole in his memory.

At the service, Revd Chris Howarth welcomed all those who attended saying: “It is good to see so many of you gathered here on this auspicious occasion as we remember again and honour the memory of a brave and well-loved member of our community and family: Daniel Gamble of B Company, 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment.”

He went on to say the day is the fourth anniversary of Daniel being taken from his loved ones as he served his country, and humanity as a whole, defending the principles of  freedom, justice and democracy which are so easily taken for granted.

“For this countless young men and women have been prepared to face the ultimate dangers to protect us down the years so that future generations, like Daniel’s young nephew, with us today, and will grow up proud to bear that name”  

Revd Howarth went on: “Many people have worked hard to bring today together as a fitting memorial and tribute to Dan, and on behalf of Mum - Georgina, and all Dan’s family, I would like to thank them all, especially Peter Siggs, Dickie Pierce, and Ben Siggs, Uckfield Rugby Club Founding Fathers, bugler Harvey Hall, the churchwardens and PCC of Holy Cross, Angela for her help today and James, our organist.”

Pte Gamble and two fellow soldiers who also died had been on a routine foot patrol in the Upper Sangin Valley. His company commander described him as ‘an incredibly talented individual who had completed a very demanding Pashto language course and as a linguist he was instrumental in the company’s ability to communicate with the locals.

A professional, intelligent individual he had added huge value to the company mission.”