Sapper Adam Moralee [Picture: via MOD]
It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Sapper Adam Moralee, from 32 Engineer Regiment, on Wednesday 5 March in Camp Bastion.
Sapper Moralee deployed to Afghanistan on 10 September 2013 as a section sapper in the Close Support Engineer Squadron of the Task Force Helmand (TFH) Engineer Regiment Group. He worked throughout the TFH area of operations in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.
On Wednesday 5 March 2014, Sapper Moralee was working with his section within Camp Bastion preparing engineer plant equipment for redeployment out of theatre when he was fatally injured.
Sapper Adam Moralee was born on 2 November 1990 in Newcastle. He joined the Royal Engineers from school aged 17 in January 2008, and trained as an armoured engineer at Bovington, learning to operate and maintain a variety of armoured engineer vehicles.
He was posted to 26 Armoured Engineer Squadron, 32 Engineer Regiment, in March 2009 and deployed on Operation Herrick 14 in March 2011 as part of the Armoured Support Group. In Afghanistan he crewed a Trojan armoured vehicle clearing legacy minefields and defeating improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
In mid-2013, Sapper Moralee successfully passed his pre non-commissioned officer (PNCO) cadre and was due to promote to Lance Corporal on posting later this year. He deployed on Operation Herrick 19 in September 2013 as part of a close support troop within 39 Armoured Engineer Squadron.
Throughout this time he worked as a combat engineer to give physical force protection from both the environment and the enemy threat to personnel deployed in forward bases, and to close these bases as part of TFH’s lift-off from Helmand.
He leaves behind his parents Lynn and Darren and fiancée Emma.
Sapper Moralee’s family have paid the following tribute:
Adam was a loving son, fiancé and friend who touched everyone’s hearts that came into contact with him. His passion for cars and anything with an engine made him a true petrolhead through and through.
As a son he was full of life and always the joker of the family, who never took anything too seriously. He loved his job and the friends he made from his time in the Army, and he would never have swapped those experiences for the world.
He treated his fiancée, Emma, like his princess and the love they shared was clear to all of those who were lucky enough to see it. To be his wife would have made Emma feel like the luckiest girl in the world and they were each other’s one true love and soul mates.
Adam touched the hearts of all of us who were lucky to know him and not a day will go by where he is not in our thoughts and hearts. He will be sorely missed by family and friends and forever loved by all. Rest in peace son!
Lieutenant Colonel Steve Davies RE, Commanding Officer 32 Engineer Regiment, said:
Quietly determined and utterly dedicated, Sapper Adam Moralee was an outstanding soldier. An armoured engineer through and through, he had proved himself on both the icy prairies of the British Army Training Unit Suffield in Canada and the IED-riddled deserts of Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 14, clearing safe lanes in his beloved TROJAN. In his second operational deployment to southern Afghanistan, he worked as a combat engineer – toiling hard in both the heat and the snow to ensure that the force was protected from the elements and the enemy threat, and then working in support of the redeployment effort.
His dry wit and his commitment to the team, be it on operations or the football field, have made him a well known, trusted member of his troop, his Squadron and the Regiment. Passing his PNCO cadre prior to deployment, Sapper Moralee was ready to be a junior commander and his huge potential really shone through. A role model to all, I have no doubt he would have risen high in the ranks....
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Rest In Peace, Sir.