College pays tribute to Durham graduate soldier killed in Iraq
(21 April 2006)
Lieutenant Richard Palmer, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq on Saturday, will be included in tributes at a remembrance ceremony held at his old college in Durham University this weekend.
Lt Palmer (27) was a student at the College of St Hild & St Bede, and graduated in 2003 with a Combined Honours degree in Social Sciences. The College, in company with members of the Durham Light Infantry Association, holds an annual Sounding of Retreat ceremony at a war memorial in the grounds, dedicated to the memory of the Bede College Contingent of the DLI who lost their lives during the Battle of Gravenstafel Ridge during the First World War. The company was made up of students and teachers, mainly north east men, who trained at Bede College, as it was then.
Principal Dr Alan Pearson, said College staff were deeply saddened to hear of Lt Palmer’s death. He said it would be was fitting that in paying tribute to the sacrifice made 90 years ago, the College would also recognise that lives are still lost in further conflict.
Dr Pearson is also sending a letter of sympathy to Lt Palmer’s family in Hertfordshire