Cpl Marc Birch
45 Commando Royal Marines
Marc was tragically killed by a suicide bomber on 12th December 2008 in Afghanistan along with two of his colleagues whilst on operational duties in Sangin, Southern Helmand.
After completing Royal Marines Commando Recruit Training in March 2000, he joined 42 Commando Royal Marines. He served at 42 Commando Royal Marines for seven years. During this time he gained considerable operational experience in Sierra Leone, Northern Ireland and Iraq. In 2005 he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and subsequently served in the Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines in April 2007. Marc had the opportunity to be drafted on 'Exercise Longlook' in Australia where he worked with the Royal Australian Regiment for 4 months, before moving on to 45 Commando Royal Marines in November 2007.
Marc was a proud 'Tankie' - a Heavy Weapons Anti-Tank Specialist. As a Section Commander within 6 Troop, X- Ray Company, his responsibilities placed him at the vanguard of troop and company action. With his specialist skills he provided intimate fire support to the front line of the fighting troops with a variety of Crew Served Weapons: Heavy Machine Gun, Grenade Machine Gun and the Javelin missile system. As an experienced corporal he was instrumental in the success of his Troop and Company.
Marc was a dedicated family man, a loving Husband, Son, Brother, Grandson, Nephew, Uncle and good friend to so many people; he loved nothing more than spending time with family and friends and living each day to the fullest!