The Royal Marines honour one of their own who tragically died last Friday whilst running in the Angus Glens.
“We are deeply shocked and saddened by the early death of Royal Marine Luke Ireland in the mountains of Glen Clova, Cairngorm, Scotland on Friday, November 14,” said Commanding Officer, 45 Commando Group, Lt Col Dan Cheesman MBE RM.
“He excelled in his role as a General Purpose Machine Gunner, revelled in taking part in 45 Commando’s recent exercise in California and was looking forward to deploying to Belize to conduct jungle training in the New Year. He hoped to qualify as a Royal Marines Mountain Leader.”
Commendation was also given to his fellow marines, 250 of who aided the Tayside Police and Mountain Rescue teams, search helicopters and Army Commandos in the search throughout the Thursday night and Friday morning.
“The rescue attempt, in appalling weather, was unsuccessful. I am truly humbled by and grateful for the selfless actions of all those who took part, reacting with such great speed and incredible professionalism,” continued Lt Col Cheesman.
Marine Ireland, from Monifieth, joined the Royal Marines in September 2012 and after finishing his initial training at the Commando Training Centre in Exeter, moved back to Angus to be based at RM Condor.
Lt Col Cheesman also paid tribute to his character: “Luke’s insatiable sense of humour, enthusiasm, popularity and moral courage made him an exceptional Royal Marines Commando.
“He will be forever remembered. His loss is a significant blow to 45 Commando and the Royal Marines.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Marine Ireland’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
Luke will receive full military honours at the military ceremony on Monday in Monifieth, which will be attended by a Guard of Honour from 45 Commando Group.