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Sapper Luke Allsopp, who died on 23 March, 2003, aged 24, was a larger than life character and a popular member of his Regiment. SapperAllsopp of 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) was killed in an ambush by Iraqi forces in the southern Iraqi town of Al Zubayr. Staff Sergeant Simon Cullingworth was killed in the same incident. Sapper Allsopp, who was affectionately known as "Muscles", had served in bomb disposal units in Kenya and Cyprus before his posting to Iraq. A subsequent inquest found that Sapper Allsopp and Staff Sergeant Cullingworth had been "unlawfully killed" by Iraqi military intelligence. SapperAllsopp was from Dagenham, East London. He joined the Army in 1997. One of his friends, Sergeant Sean McLoughlin, said: "He lived as a soldier and he died as a soldier. A soldier fighting for peace and for right." Sapper Allsopp was laid to rest with full military honours at All Saints Church, Wimbish, on 7 May, 2003. More than 250 mourners attended the funeral, led by his sister Nina and step-father, Michael Pawsey. His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Troulan, said: "Luke Allsopp was a very capable individual who was well liked within the Squadron, and a valued team member. He had served within bomb disposal in Cyprus and Kenya. He leaves behind a loving family and girlfriend, Katy." Luke was an energetic and bubbly character with a limitless zest for life. He loved his work in the Army and was a loyal friend to many. Sergeant McLoughlin added: "He lived life to the max and he enjoyed it. We can be certain he is with us now with a pint in hand, drinking his farewells." After the deaths of Sapper Allsopp and Staff Sergeant Cullingworth, a heated political debate arose when former Prime Minister Tony Blair claimed that the soldiers had not died at the scene of the ambush but had been executed some time after. Under the terms of the Geneva Convention, Prisoners of War are supposed to be given medical treatment and treated with an agreed level of care during their internment. The circumstances of his death aside, SapperAllsopp was a likeable young man who was good at his job. He was popular with his peers and respected by his superiors. The Desert Rats who patrolled the area of Basra where Saddam Hussein's former palace stands, re-named it Allsopp Lines in Luke's honour. In another testament to his popularity, a hospital in Baghdad has been renamed the Allsopp Medical Centre. With his death, 33 Engineer Regiment lost a popular and promising colleague and his family a much-loved son.

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8 years xxx


its 8 yrs today you were taken from us.

you are in our hearts forever xxxxx

missing you daddy xx

By melanie judge on 23 Mar 2011

we were remembering your smiles today


we were speaking about you today,me matthew and jayde.

jayde was saying how she remembers you teaching her the "raise the roof dance"

we were telling matthew all about the things we did and all the smiles we had xxx

he is so proud of you my love xxx

your son is a very bright and clever boy,just like youxx

i will never forget that awfull thursday night when your smiling face came up on my tv screen i broke down to the floor and could not believe the words that were coming thru to me!!!! i will never believe you are truely gone.......i know you are here keeping our gorgeous son safe xxx

i blow a kiss to you every night and always will,when i'm on a journey in the car i look to the sky,knowing you are smiling back at me x

Luke i was laughing today talking about when you got me to take them glasses home from the pub.......it was so crazy,you wanted to fit 4 pint glasses in my bag,they wouldn't fit so you tried to dtuff them up my sleeve :)... then we got lost on the way thru the barrcks.....how i dont know xxx

so many memories my love,but i'll save some for another day,i do believe you are listening when i speak to you xx i'm off to rest now but you'll be my 1st thought in the morning when matthew comes in and cuddles me xx

By melanie judge on 10 Mar 2011

in my heart forever xx

my dearest luke,our love will always be with me along with the love of your gorgeous son matthew who you adored.he has your looks my love in fact he is soooo like you in every way and for that i am proud xx i sad that your family neveer knew of our boy :( they would have some1 to make them smile in the way you always made me smile xxx i miss you so much luke. i listen to our song often "there you'll be" faith hill and also the song we last danced to"dilemma" nelly. my heart breaks every single day and always will my gorgeous smiling man xxx i loved you from the 1st moment i saw you and as i promised,i will forever xxx

By melanie judge on 04 Mar 2011

You gave us all...

You gave us all you had to give, gifts both great and small,
But most of all you gave us love, the greatest gift of all.

By Karen Glaze on 03 Jan 2009

I remember Luke in...

I remember Luke in bits and bobs..he was friends with my best friends older brother and we used to watch them play football. Luke was my best mates high school crush and for a time she went out with him. It didnt work out but she always had a soft spot for him - she even named her first son Luke :o)

Luke was always so quiet but a friendly boy who had a wicked smile and on occasion made us laugh. It always tickled me how Luke - an avid Arsenal fan - would wear a West ham kit because Big Geoff told him to!

I was at my best mates house when we heard the news about Luke. Both of us were deeply upset at the loss even though we had not seen Luke for many years by then.

I'm sure we will always remember the good times as kids and Luke will always be alive in our hearts and memories.

Here's to you Luke Allsopp - may you be propping up the bar wherever you are xxxx

By Karen Richardson on 15 Dec 2008

I don't know why...

I don't know why I thought of you today, its been 14 years since I last saw you, and, what, 5 since I heard about what happened. But I was at the sports hall today and saw a boy playing basketball, and he looked just like you, it was a flashback to how we used to go to warren and play basketball and then get rice krispie cakes afterwards. I just read a newspaper article, and it stated that you were known as 'muscles' in the army... name stuck huh?

god bless

Hel x

By Helen Blake on 11 Nov 2008

I remember Luke as...

I remember Luke as a young boy of about 7 or 8, quite shy and sweet. I was friends with Lukes sister Nina and my mum was Luke and Nina's mum Christines Friend. I remember going to there house for dinner a couple of times and Luke was always in his gym kit. I laughed when i read his tribute and his army pals affectionalty nicknamed him muscles... :o)

Wherever you may be Lovely Luke i hope you know you are thought about often..

Luke and many others like him, died fighting for what they believed in. Lets never forget....

By leanne airey on 18 Sep 2008
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