Families' legal action over soldiers' deaths

Following the deaths of a number of soldiers, a group of families started legal action, judges have heard.

  • Corporal Stephen Allbutt, 35, of Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Trooper David Clarke, 19, of Littleworth, Staffordshire
  • Soldiers Dan Twiddy, of Stamford, Lincolnshire
  • Andy Julien, of Bolton, Greater Manchester

Soldiers Corporal Stephen Allbutt and Trooper David Clarke died after a Challenger 2 Tank was hit by another Challenger 2 Tank.

Soldiers Dan Twiddy and Andy Julien were injured in the same incident.

  • Private Phillip Hewett, 21, of Tamworth

Private Hewitt died in July 2005 after a Snatch Land Rover was blown up.

Lawyers said similar explosions claimed the lives of:

  • Private Lee Ellis, 23, of Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, in February 2006, and Lance Corporal Kirk Redpath, 22, of Romford, Essex, in August 2007

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