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Tunisia attack: The British victims

  • 29 February 2016
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Photos of 30 British victims killed in Tunisia

Thirty of the 38 people killed by a gunman on a Tunisian beach were British. The dead Britons were all holiday-makers staying in the popular resort of Port El Kantaoui, just north of Sousse.


Carly Lovett

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Carly Lovett was a 24-year-old beauty blogger and photographer from Gainsborough in Lincolnshire.

"Carly was and always will be our beautiful shining light," her parents Joanne and Kev, fiance Liam and other family members said.

She had recently got engaged to Liam, her childhood sweetheart of 10 years.

A graduate of Lincoln University, she had worked for an e-commerce company called Fizzco Ltd in Fillingham near Gainsborough.

It was reported that she was killed by a grenade during the attack.


Charles (known as Patrick) Evans, Adrian Evans and Joel Richards

Image caption (L-R) Adrian Evans, Charles Evans and Joel Richards were all fans of Walsall FC

Adrian Evans, 49, from Tipton in the West Midlands, died along with his father, 78-year-old Charles (known as Patrick) Evans, and nephew Joel Richards, 19, from Wednesbury.

A statement released on behalf of the families by Suzanne Richards said: "We are a very small and normal family, but nothing will ever be normal again.

"My son Joel, dad Pat and brother Adrian were our rocks and we are all heartbroken and devastated and will never get over losing them."

She added that the men had been so close that even in "those minutes of pure panic" they and her younger son Owen, who survived the attack, had stayed together.

"The 'jolly boys' outing', as they called it, was to celebrate Joel finishing his second year at university with high grades and Owen finishing his GCSEs," said Mrs Richards.

"Their holiday lasted less than 24 hours and their futures and lives ended tragically."

Adrian Evans worked for Sandwell Council in Oldbury as a manager in the gas services department.

Joel was a student at the University of Worcester and a keen football referee.

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Image caption Fellow Walsall fans paid tribute to the family by laying scarves and shirts outside the ground

Walsall FC said the men were all fans of the club and that their thoughts were with their family.

Fellow fans showed their support by laying scarves and shirts outside the stadium.


Denis and Elaine Thwaites

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Former Birmingham City Football player Denis Thwaites, 70, and his wife Elaine, 69, were from Blackpool.

Their daughter Lindsey, and son-in-law Daniel Clifford, said: "Words can't express what all the family are feeling at this difficult time.

"We can say that both Lindsey and I flew to Tunisia with the help of the BBC and we can confirm that a positive identification was made by Lindsey of her mother and father.

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Image caption Denis Thwaites was a former Birmingham City Football Club player

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank people on the ground in this horrendous situation. It was extremely hard to find out any information beforehand but now we completely understand."

Stockton-born Mr Thwaites played for Birmingham City from 1962-1972. In a statement, the football club said it was "deeply shocked and saddened".

He later moved with his family to Blackpool, where he worked as a hospital porter.


John and Janet Stocker

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Grandparents Janet and John Stocker, from Morden in south London, were described as "the happiest, most loving couple" by their family.

"They enjoyed life's simple pleasures as well as the pleasures and love of their extensive family and their many friends, but most of all they were still very much in love with each other," they said.

"They were both young at heart and enjoyed all that life could offer, and especially enjoyed travelling to new places, exploring and appreciating local cultures, and they died together doing what they enjoyed most; sunbathing side by side."

Retired printer Mr Stocker, 74, was born in Peckham, south-east London, and was a "proud father of us five children and 10 grandchildren" while Mrs Stocker, 63, was born in Fulham, west London, and was described as a "fun-loving and devoted mother" who "loved nothing more than being around all of the grandchildren".


John Stollery

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John Stollery, 58, a social worker from Nottinghamshire, had been on holiday with his family.

"John was special; he made a difference and gave his best to others," his wife Cheryl said.

"We, his family, are proud of him and deeply saddened that he was taken from us in such a horrific and tragic way. We still had a long life to live with plans and dreams for our future together."

Mr Stollery had worked at Nottinghamshire County Council for 33 years and spent the last 16 years working with children in care.

Flags were flown at half-mast as staff there gathered to pay tribute to him.


William and Lisa Graham

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Married couple William Graham, 51, known as Billy, and Lisa Graham, 50, were from Bankfoot in Perth and Kinross. They were in Tunisia to celebrate Mrs Graham's 50th birthday.

Mr Graham worked as a turnstile operator on match days at St Johnstone FC's McDiarmid Park having previously served for 22 years in the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.

"Billy was part of the St Johnstone family and a great ambassador for the club who always did his job with a smile on his face," said Saints' chairman Steve Brown.

At their funeral Reverend Sydney Graham said: "Billy and Lisa had a lovely relationship and life together at Bankfoot with their much loved daughter Holly and Bailey Boy, the mini longhaired Daschund who earned a special place in their family life."


Sue Davey and Scott Chalkley

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Image caption Couple Scott Chalkley and Sue Davey were on holiday together

Ms Davey's son Conor Fulford, from Tamworth in Staffordshire, had used Twitter to appeal for news of his 43-year-old mother's whereabouts in the wake of the attack.

He later told the BBC: "We have lost a very, very special person to us.

"My memory is of my mum grinning from side to side and she is looking at me on the camera and she is saying 'We are going to Tunisia next week, I can't wait'."

Media captionConor Fulford talks about his mother: "We have lost a very, very special person"

Ms Davey's daughter Chloe is the partner of Leicester City footballer Marc Albrighton. The football club offered support to the family, saying: "They are all in our thoughts and prayers."

Mr Chalkley, 42, from Chaddesden, Derby, was Ms Davey's partner.

His son, Ross Naylor, from Derby, confirmed his father's death, posting on Twitter: "I want to say thanks to everyone who has helped; you have all been amazing. One love to all and rest in peace dad."

The couple both worked for Severn Trent Water. Flags at Tamworth Borough Council and Tamworth Castle were flown at half-mast as a mark of respect for all those killed in the shooting.


Bruce Wilkinson

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Image caption Bruce Wilkinson had previously visited Tunisia with his wife Rita

Mr Wilkinson, 72, from Goole, East Riding, was a retired worker at Drax power station. His family said he was "a kind and compassionate man with a dry sense of humour".

"We are devastated at the loss of Bruce, who was a devoted husband, father and grandfather," they said.

"Bruce was a loving family man, and in his working life worked to support the care of others.

"He was fun-loving, and will be deeply missed by friends and family alike."


Lisa Burbidge

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Ms Burbidge, in her 60s, from Whickham, Gateshead, was described as "the most beautiful, amazing, caring and gentle person in our lives" by her family.

"We have been left with a massive hole in our hearts," they said.

They added that she had "four fantastic grandchildren who were her world" and they would "miss her tremendously".

One of her granddaughters, Chloe Thompson, left a tribute on the Newcastle Chronicle's Facebook page, saying: "My angel, my best friend love you always grandma, rest in peace."


Claire Windass

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Claire Windass, 54, from Hull, was on holiday with her husband Jim when the attack happened.

He "miraculously managed to escape physically unharmed and has now returned to his home in Hull, where he is surrounded by family and friends at this emotionally difficult time for us all," her family said.

"She was a warm, kind-hearted woman who made friends easily and was loved by everyone who knew her. She will be deeply missed."

Mrs Windass, who had two children and two step-children, lived in Scunthorpe for 35 years before moving to Hull in 2012 when she married Mr Windass.

Staff at North Lincolnshire Council, where she had worked for 18 years, were said to be "deeply saddened" by news of her death.


Jim and Ann McQuire

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Recently retired couple Jim, 66, and Ann McQuire, 63, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, were "devoted to each other" and "lived to enjoy life", their family said.

"They spent their lives contributing so much to the community," they added.

"Through their many interests they made many friends and helped many causes within and outwith the church."

Their son Stuart said they would be "sorely missed."

Mrs McQuire sang and played guitar at Abronhill church, while Mr McQuire helped hundreds of young people over many years as captain of the 5th Cumbernauld Boys Brigade company.


Trudy Jones

Mother-of-four Trudy Jones, 51, a care home worker from Blackwood in south Wales, had been on holiday with friends.

Her family described her as their "beautiful mother" in a statement.

"Our mother of all people didn't deserve this, such a caring person who put everyone else before herself," they said.

"Always willing to help others, she loved everyone around her including all of the people she cared for at work. She'll be missed by so many people. She was the rock of our family and kept us all going."

Shawkat Ilahi, the manager of the care home where she worked as an activity co-ordinator, said: "She was a very popular member of the team. She was like a bottle of pop, very lively and always smiling."


Stuart Cullen

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Mr Cullen's wife and daughter said he had a "wicked sense of humour and only ever wanted to put a smile on people's faces".

In a statement, Christine and Emma-Jayne Cullen said: "He was Dad, husband, best friend and soulmate.

"The legacy he leaves is his strength - the strength to move forward whatever that may look like."

Stephen Ardley, mayor of Lowestoft - where Mr Cullen lived - said: "My heartfelt sympathy goes out to not only the Cullen family, but to all the families and friends that have been affected by this devastating act of cruelty.

"I was walking along that very same beach eight days earlier. My wife and I used to go for a walk on it every morning, so it really brings it home."


Stephen Mellor

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Stephen Mellor, 59, from Bodmin in Cornwall, was killed as he attempted to shield his wife Cheryl, 55, who survived the attack.

His wife, a retired psychiatric nurse, survived by pretending to be dead after she was shot and injured.

Mrs Mellor told the Plymouth Herald newspaper: "Someone came over and said they'd move me but the gunfire started up again so I just lay there.

"I just played dead. I was absolutely terrified. When the gunfire stopped I kept hearing foreign voices but I still played dead."

In a tribute to her husband she called him her "soul mate" and said she would love him forever.


Philip Heathcote

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Philip Heathcote, 52, and his wife Allison, 48, from Felixstowe in Suffolk, were due to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary during their time in Tunisia.

Mrs Heathcote was was shot several times in the attack but survived.

Simon Boon said the family would "deeply grieve" the "terrible loss" of Mr Heathcote, his brother-in-law.

In a statement reported on the Eastern Daily Press website, he said: "For 30 years, Philip has shown my sister love, care and loyalty that was second to none.

"Philip was truly Allison's soulmate and they did everything together, sharing the same interests life offered. Philip was without question a member of our family that everyone dearly loved and enjoyed so many good times with."


Christopher and Sharon Bell

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The family of rail worker Christopher Bell and his wife Sharon, from Leeds, said they were "deeply saddened" by their loss.

Mr Bell worked for Northern Rail in Leeds and Mrs Bell was said to be a health and care worker. The couple were described as hard-working by their neighbours.

The BBC understands the couple had two grown-up children and a third, teenage child.

Mark Brady, a neighbour who had known the couple for 28 years, said: "It's absolutely devastating, I've watched his kids grow up and his grandkids grow up.

"It's absolutely ridiculous and sad. They worked hard saving up to have nice holidays like this."

Adrian Thompson, of Northern Rail, said Mr Bell was "a much-loved and highly valued colleague who will be sadly missed".


Chris Dyer

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Chris Dyer, 32, an engineer from Watford, was on holiday with his wife Gina Van Dort when he was killed in the attack.

She is reported as having clung on to her dead husband's hand as paramedics tried to get her to safety.

Mr Dyer was a Jiu-Jitsu enthusiast and a member of Watford Gracie Jiu-Jitsu club.

In a statement on Facebook, the group said: "There are no words to express how incredibly shaken we are by Chris Dyer's unexpected, tragic death."

A minute's silence was held outside Watford Football Club's ground, Vicarage Road, to remember Mr Dyer and other people killed in the attack.


David Thompson

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David Thompson, 80, from Tadley in Hampshire, was a retired Atomic Weapons Establishment scientist.

He was described by his neighbours as a "wonderful man".

Tadley Town Council chairman David Leeks said the reaction in the town was one of "pure shock".

Local residents told the BBC Mr Thompson was a keen walker who kept himself very physically fit, having undergone heart surgery.

They added he would do up to 60 press ups a day and loved holidays.


John Welch and Eileen Swannack

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John Welch, 74, and his partner of eight years Eileen Swannack, 73, loved Tunisia and had stayed at the Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba twice a year for the past four years.

Mr Welch was one of three siblings, and had three children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The retired plumber was born in Abertillery, South Wales, but moved to Corsham at an early age and lived the rest of his life in the town.

He met Mrs Swannack, a widow, following the death of his partner Nanette in 2005.

"As well as travelling, he loved to socialise. We were so pleased when he met Eileen as he had someone special to share these things with," his family said.

Mrs Swannack's family paid tribute to her saying: "She had a heart of gold and was always first to offer help to others... She exuded youthfulness and had a real sense of fun and mischief."

She was one of five siblings and moved to the village of Biddestone with her husband Eddie in the 1960s.


Angie and Ray Fisher

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Angie, 69, and Ray Fisher, 75, were from Leicester.

The couple had been together since they were about 15 and at their funeral Reverend Stephen Burnham said they "had a deep love and so much enjoyed getting old together".

Son Adam and daughter Donna said it was "a source of comfort they were enjoying a holiday when they were taken".

Donna added: "Dad loved to travel and share a drink with others. He was very friendly and full of gusto. It was perhaps apt, or ironic, that he died on holiday."

Mr Fisher's brother, Roland, described him as a typical Leicester lad, who liked fishing and kept birds of prey.

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