Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK
Army, PVT, 2nd Btn The Parachute Rgt (2 PARA)
7/29/2008, Afghanistan, Musa Qaleh
Private Peter Joe Cowton, aged 25, was born on 24th October 1982 and grew up in Basingstoke, where he attended John Hunt of Everest School. Whilst working at a golf club, he joined The Royal Rifle Volunteers (RRV) in January 2004 in search of a career with adventure, lured by the ability to travel to far-flung parts of the world. After completing two tours of Iraq, he enlisted as a regular soldier in 2007.
Peter attended recruit training at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick, after which he was posted to the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA), arriving at C (Bruneval) Company in September 2007 as pre-deployment training for Operation Herrick 8 was commencing. He deployed to Afghanistan in March 2008.
Outside of the Army, Peter loved playing and watching football and golf, reading books and following horse racing.
On Tuesday 29 July 2008 a routine patrol conducting reassurance and interdiction activities left Forward Operating Base Gibraltar and at 0847hrs local time encountered enemy forces and engaged them. A short while later the patrol reported that Private Cowton had been seriously wounded by a blast. Sadly, despite the efforts of the medical response team, Private Cowton died as result of his injuries.
He leaves behind his parents, one brother and one sister.