Injuries and deaths of troops since 2001

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Dear Ministry of Defence,

Since the War on Terror began in 2001, there have been many British servicemen and women harmed by that conflict.

I would like to have a breakdown, please, for research purposes into armed violence, a dataset that might list the significant injuries and deaths of such service personnel since 2001.

Can you please supply me two data sheets - one that lists the date, location (country), gender and reason for the deaths of UK service personnel since 2001.

The other that lists the date, location (country) , gender and reason for the significant injuries of UK service personnel (i.e. severe enough to require hospitalisation) since 2001.

If this second request is too large, can you please list the date, location (country) and reason for life-changing injuries of UK service personnel that led to the loss of a limb or an eye since 2001.

I run an armed violence research charity and this data, I believe, is in the public interest as it helps us better understand the impact of conflict and the ways in which UK troops are killed or significantly injured. If this request is too large / costly but you have datasets that would present some of this data to me, can this be shared?

Yours faithfully,

Iain Overton

Def Strat-Stat-PQ-FOI-Mailbox (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Mr Overton,

 

Thank you for contacting the Ministry of Defence.

 

Your request for recorded information is currently being considered under
the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 with reference FOI2019/08308.

 

You are entitled to receive a written response no later than 15 August
2019.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Defence Statistics

 

 

 

 

Def Strat-Stat-Health-PQ-FOI (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Mr Overton,

Please find attached a response to the FOI you submitted to the MOD on 17
July 2019.

 

Kind regards,

 

Defence Statistics Health

Dear Def Strat-Stat-Health-PQ-FOI (MULTIUSER),

Thank you for your help in directing us towards the relevant reports published on the MOD website. Whilst there is a lot of data on fatalities, there seems to be a lack of clarity regarding the number of battle injuries sustained by serving members of the armed forces in recent years.

For example, the most recent report on the number of fatalities and injuries states that, since June 2011, there have been 918 casualties and fatalities in operations KIPION (Middle East), SHADER (Iraq and Syria), TORAL (Afghanistan) and GRITROCK (Ebola crisis in West Africa) - 8 deaths, 430 non-battle injuries and 480 of natural causes including disease. Am I right, then, in concluding that there have been no battle injuries in the British Armed Forces since June 2011 (at least)?

If this is not accurate, I would appreciate if you could tell me where I can find further information on this - Or, if not, can I just have the data as requested in the original FOI.

Also perhaps there are similar reports to the one provided that have data on other operations?

I am interested to clarify this as the report on amputations states that there were 154 injuries that required amputations between 2014 and 2019, 142 of which were sustained outside of Iraq and Afghanistan. Is this correct? If so, were they battle injuries or non-battle injuries?

Could you also confirm whether the remaining 12 in Afghanistan and Iraq were battle or non-battle injuries?

I would really appreciate if you could clarify these areas for me as I would like to get a clearer picture of the number of Armed Forces personnel injured in battle in recent years.

Yours sincerely,

Iain Overton

Def Strat-Stat-PQ-FOI-Mailbox (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Mr Overton,

 

Thank you for contacting the Ministry of Defence.

 

Your request for recorded information is currently being considered under
the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 with reference FOI2019/09616

 

You are entitled to receive a written response no later than 11 September
2019.

 

Regards,

 

Defence Statistics

 

 

Maria Le Grand Rosales
Statistical Officer | Defence Statistics (Defence Authority for
Statistics)
Ministry of Defence | 03.M Main Building | London SW1A 2HB
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