RUSI JournalVolume 159Issue 5members only

The Human Cost of War: A Mother Reflects


The mother of Lieutenant Mark Evison, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009, recollects the extreme difficulties of the period that followed

In May 2009, Lieutenant Mark Evison, of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, was shot in the shoulder during an ambush on his platoon while on patrol in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Three days later, having first been flown to Camp Bastion for emergency surgery and then to the UK for further treatment, he was declared brain dead and his family switched off his life-support machines. In this article, Lieutenant Evison’s mother provides a very personal

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