The UK Ministry of Defence has identified the British service member killed in March 11 rocket attack at Camp Taji in Iraq as Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon.
LCpl Gillon, 26, served as a Reserve with the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry. She joined the regiment in September 2015 as a Combat Medical Technician (CMT), where she quickly progressed through her trade and military training to qualify as a Class 1 Combat Medical Technician in 2018.
She volunteered to be part of the Royal Guard at Ballater, Scotland in 2019 and then again to be part of the Irish Guards Battle Group during their deployment to Iraq in 2020. It was during her time with the Irish Guards Battle Group that she was tragically killed in action.
LCpl Gillon was a fit, energetic and compassionate individual, who played an active role in all aspects of military life. She juggled her military training with her career as a self-employed sports physiotherapist, and clearly excelled and was committed to both.
Her Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel William Leek, Commanding Officer Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry, said:
“LCpl Brodie Gillon was a hugely popular character in the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry and we are proud and humbled to have served with her in our ranks.”
“She was a larger than life soldier who was determined to deploy on operations, help others, develop herself and gain practical experience. She had already achieved a great deal in her relatively short time with us and it was abundantly clear that she was destined for great things in her civilian and military careers. Her loss is keenly felt.”
“My deepest condolences go to her family and loved ones. They are in my thoughts and prayers, and those of the wider Regimental family.”
And her Squadron Leader, Major Craig Powers, Squadron Leader of A Squadron, said:
“LCpl Brodie Gillon will be remembered with great fondness as an utterly professional soldier, an outstanding medic, and loyal friend to all in A (Ayrshire) Squadron.”
“She was a hugely popular and very much respected member of the Squadron. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her whole family.”
The Deputy Commander Field Army, Major General Celia Harvey OBE QVRM TD DL, said:
“It is with a heavy heart that one of my first duties as Deputy Commander Field Army is to report the very sad loss of one of our brave soldiers. Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon, an Army Reservist, had been fulfilling a long-term ambition to serve her country on an operational tour in Iraq when their military base came under rocket attack.”
“LCpl Gillon, a much-loved soldier had been an Army Reservist for 5 years, serving with the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry. As a Combat Medical Technician, she was carrying out an essential role as part of a closely knit team, helping to bring stability to Iraq.”
“She was a soldier who showed fantastic commitment and determination, combined with a fun-loving personality. On behalf of the British Army, I offer my deepest condolences to LCpl Gillon’s family and loved ones for their loss. She made the ultimate sacrifice and will always be remembered.”
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:
“From the warm testimonies of those who served with her, it’s clear that LCpl Gillon was held in the highest regard and was a shining example of what our Armed Forces and Reserves stand for, inspiring those around her and always putting others first.”
“My thoughts go out to her loved ones at this incredibly difficult time and we will ensure they receive all the necessary support.”
March 11 Camp Taji Rocket Attack
The U.S.-led military coalition has earlier confirmed the death of three coalition members in the rocket attack. According to media reports, two of the deceased personnel were U.S. service members (reportedly one Army and one Air Force).
According to the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF–OIR), 12 others were wounded in the attack.
The CJTF-OIR said that approximately 18 107mm Kaytusha rockets struck the base during the attack. The Iraqi Security Forces later found a rocket-rigged Kia Bongo flatbed truck a few miles from Camp Taji.
Camp Taji (Camp Cooke), located 27 km (17 mi) north of capital Baghdad, houses joint forces including Iraqi and American soldiers as well as other foreign forces from the U.S.-led international coalition.
The camp has been hit in the past by Katyusha rockets fired by Iranian-allied militias, including Kataeb Hezbollah. The camp was also hit by Iranian ballistic missiles in January during the U.S.-Iranian confrontation following the assassination of IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani by the U.S. forces.