Fallen War Reporters Are Honoured

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Fallen War Reporters Are Honoured


Byline: Fay schlesinger

WAR reporters who have lost their lives in conflict zones over the past decade have been remembered in a moving service.

The names of 48 fallen journalists, photographers and their support workers were read out at St Bride's Church in London last night, during a vigil attended by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

They all died in conflict zones across the world while working for British media organisations.

The widow of Sunday Mirror defence correspondent Rupert Hamer was among about 250 people who packed out the church on Fleet Street, formerly the home of British national newspapers.

Mr Hamer, 39, became the first journalist to be killed in the war in Afghanistan when a massive blast ripped through his armoured vehicle in January, while he was embedded with the U.S. Marine Corps.

His wife Helen was left with the devastating task of breaking the news to their three children, then aged six, five and 19 months.

His British photographer Phil Coburn lost a leg in the horrific attack, which also claimed the life of a U.S. Marine. Five others were wounded.

Mr Coburn bravely arrived at the service in a wheelchair.

Also present was Chelsey Lloyd, daughter of ITN journalist Terry Lloyd who was killed by U.S. soldiers in Southern Iraq in March 2003.

Mr Lloyd, 50, was shot in the head while in a makeshift ambulance, having already been hurt in crossfire. His Lebanese interpreter Hussein Osman and French cameraman Frederic Nerac were also killed in the attack near Basra. …

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