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Who are the British victims of the Sri Lanka terror attacks?

Four British families have been left devastated after losing members in the Sri Lanka terror attacks.

Among the eight UK nationals, a mother and her two children, a brother and sister, a married couple were all killed, and a woman from Manchester, were all killed.

On Wednesday, the eighth British victim was named by her son.

  • Lorraine Campbell
Lorraine Campbell, left, with her husband Neil Evans. Credit: Family handout

The eighth victim was 55-year-old Lorraine Campbell, from Manchester, who was staying at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel on a business trip.

Ms Campbell, known as Loz, lived in Dubai and was working for an IT firm. She was having breakfast in the hotel when the bomb struck.

Her husband, Neil Evans, said: “Lorraine was a real tour de force, she epitomised the qualities she lived by, and was a conduit for bringing people together to both make things happen, and make them better.

“I’ve lost my best friend in the world for all the adventures we shared and planned for the future.

“I, Lorraine’s family and friends are in a state of disbelief and grief for what has happened."

  • Amelie and Daniel Linsey
Brother and sister Daniel and Amelie Linsey were killed in the blast at the Shangri-la Hotel. Credit: Facebook

Londoner Matthew Linsey's daughter Amelie, 15, and son Daniel, 19, were killed in the explosion at the Shangri-la Hotel on the final day of their holiday.

Mr Linsey, an investor in emerging markets, told ITV News he's determined to cling onto their kindness.

"One of our favourite songs is a song called love is the answer and, yes, you want to government to do what they have to do to stop these people, I agree with that completely.

He added: "But also, the people on the other side, love is the answer, ultimately."

He described his children, who were born in Britain but had dual US-UK citizenship, as "beautiful both inside and out", adding that they both loved travelling.

  • Anita, Alex and Annabel Nicholson
Ben Nicholson confirmed his wife, Anita, and children, Alex and Annabel, were killed in the attack. Credit: Family handout

Anita Nicholson and her two children, Alex, 14, and Annabel, 11, were killed in the bombing at the Shangri-la Hotel in Colombo, as they ate breakfast.

Ben Nicholson, the sole survivor of the family, released an emotional tribute to his "wonderful" wife and children on Monday evening.

"I am deeply distressed at the loss of my wife and children," Mr Nicholson said in a statement.

"Anita was a wonderful, perfect wife and a brilliant, loving and inspirational mother to our two wonderful children.

"The holiday we had just enjoyed was a testament to Anita's enjoyment of travel and providing a rich and colourful life for our family, and especially our children.

"Alex and Annabel were the most amazing, intelligent, talented and thoughtful children and Anita and I were immensely proud of them both and looking forward to seeing them develop into adulthood.

"They shared with their mother the priceless ability to light up any room they entered and bring joy to the lives of all they came into contact with.

The family were on holiday in Sri Lanka when the bombing took place. Credit: Facebook

"I would like to give my sincere thanks for the medical teams at General Hospital, Colombo, for treating Anita, Alex and Annabel with great dignity and me with kindness and sympathy.

"I would also like to thank the teams at the British High Commission and Adhvan Tours who have looked after me since Sunday morning and the Sri Lankan people I have encountered in Colombo following this catastrophe.

"Anita, Alex and Annabel leave behind a large extended family and many close and cherished friends who are now grieving this tragic loss.

"We shall all miss them dearly."

Local media reported Mr Nicholson desperately searching for his wife and children in the aftermath of the explosion.

Mr Nicholson, a partner with law firm Kennedys, that his wife and two children "mercifully... died instantly and with no pain or suffering" as they sat in the hotel's restaurant.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Ms Nicholson was based in Singapore as a lawyer at the mining and metals company Anglo American.

She had previously worked for the Treasury and studied at Leeds University.

  • Bill Harrop and Sally Bradley
Bill Harrop and Sally Bradley were planning to move back to the UK. Credit: Facebook

The bombings, which took place at churches and upmarket hotels on Easter Sunday claimed the lives of 359 people.

Also among the dead were retired firefighter Bill Harrop and his partner Sally Bradley from Manchester.

The couple had been living in Perth, Australia, since 2013.

Mr Harrop was officially commended for his heroism during the IRA bombing of the city in 1996 - where he and his crew were one of the first on the scene.

"He was a skilled firefighter, a diligent fire officer and a man with a massive, massive heart and I think everyone that worked with him, will always remember that," his former colleague Phil Murray told ITV News.

The couple had been holidaying in Sri Lanka, but it is not yet known in which blast they were killed.

Dr Bradley's brother, former Labour MP Lord Keith Bradley, said his sister "was truly a bright light in many people's lives.

"The light may have been cruelly distinguished for no reason or justification, but she will always live in our hearts and the memories she provided will be forever cherished.

"I, and my family, will miss her more than words can articulate."

Dr Bradley had worked as director of clinical services at Rockingham Peel Group in Perth.

The company's executive director Kathleen Smith said Dr Bradley and her husband "lived for each other".

Ms Smith told Perth-based radio station 6PR Radio: "She absolutely loved living in Australia. She felt very at home here.

"They were soulmates, they just lived for each other."

Bill Harrop served for 30 years at the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service before retiring in 2012.

Assistant County Fire Office Dave Keelan of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service paid tribute to Mr Harrop on Monday evening.

He said: "Bill served here for 30 years, retiring at the end of 2012. He was a much a loved and respected colleague and friend. He will be greatly missed."

Mr Harrop and Dr Bradley were due to return to the UK from Australia soon, where they had bought a retirement home in the Cotswolds.

Gary Keary, Fire Brigade Union brigade secretary, said: "The FBU is shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of former firefighter Billy Harrop and his wife in the tragic events in Sri Lanka."

Who else died in the attacks?

Tuesday was declared a national day of mourning in Sri Lanka and a three-minute silence was observed. Credit: AP

Local authorities confirmed the attacks were carried out by seven suicide bombers from a domestic militant group called National Thowfeek Jamaath.

The violence is the worst the country has seen in a decade and has caused concern among leaders it may be the start of a new turbulent era following the resolution of the country's civil war.

Authorities in Sri Lanka say 39 foreigners are among the dead.

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Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq said she had lost a relative in the attacks.

She posted on Twitter: "It's all so devastating. Hope everyone is keeping safe. Solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka."

Anders Holch Povlsen lost three of his four children in the attack. Credit: Zalando

It emerged on Monday that Danish billionaire fashion tycoon behind online clothing retailer Asos lost three of his four children in the attacks.

Mr Holch Povlsen is the largest stakeholder in online fashion retailer ASOS and is believed to be the largest private landowner in Scotland after buying a string of estates.

A spokesperson for the businessman asked for the family's privacy to be respected at this time.