A former atomic scientist and two grandparents were last night named as three further British victims of the Tunisia terror attack - as the official UK death toll rose to 26.
David Thompson, 80, of Tadley, Hampshire, is understood to have worked for the Atomic Weapons Establishment, and has been described as a very fit person and a keen walker.
Tadley Town Council chairman David Leeks said the town was in ‘shock’ and had found the news ‘very difficult to believe’, while Mr Thompson’s family declined to speak about his death.
Meanwhile John Welch, 74, from Corsham in Wiltshire, and his partner Eileen Swannack, 70, who were staying at the RIU Imperial Marhaba, have been confirmed dead by a family member.
Mr Welch, a former plumber, loved Tunisia and he had stayed at the same hotel twice a year for the past eight years. But Miss Swannack’s granddaughter has now confirmed the couple’s death.
Confirmed dead: John Welch, 74, from Corsham in Wiltshire, and his partner Eileen Swannack, 70, who were staying at the Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba
Slaughtered: Janet and John Stocker from Crawley, West Sussex, whose family have confirmed 'with regret and great sadness' that the 'happiest, most loving' couple died in the Tunisia shootings
Lucie Marie Swannack said: ‘I cannot understand how anyone could hurt my nan. She was such a loving wonderful woman and I'm heartbroken she's been taken from us in such a cruel way.’
Earlier, grandparents Janet, 63, and John Stocker, 74, from Crawley, West Sussex, were confirmed dead in last Friday's attack, along with social worker John Stollery, 58, of Newark, Nottinghamshire.
Mr and Mrs Stocker had not been in contact with their family in the UK since the attack, prompting relatives to launch a desperate social media appeal for information when they disappeared.
Their family said in a statement: ‘It is with regret and great sadness that we can now confirm that our parents Janet and John Stocker have tragically lost their lives as a result of Friday's atrocities.
Also dead: Denis and Elaine Thwaites were named among the latest Britons to have been killed in the attack
‘We would like to thank all those that helped us with information in trying to locate them, and we appreciate the support and help that we have received from both the British and Tunisian people and authorities.’
Mark Stocker had been appealing for help in finding his father and stepmother. He told Sky News at the weekend: ‘We've spoken to every hospital in Sousse and surrounding areas.
‘One of my brothers managed to speak to someone in the hotel - they've gone and checked their room but their stuff is still in there. It's just trying to work out what we do.’
The family statement yesterday said: ‘Mum and dad were the happiest, most loving couple who 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 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.’
Mr Thwaites in action during his days playing for Birmingham City in September 1965
Birmingham City team photos from the 1960s (above and below) so Mr Twaites (circled) in his playing days
Mr Stocker was a retired printer, born and bred in Peckham, and was a proud father of five children and 10 grandchildren. Mrs Stocker, 63, was born and raised with her two brothers in Fulham.
Also yesterday, Mr Stollery was also named among the dead. His family described him as someone 'who made a difference and gave his best to others'.
In a statement issued by Nottinghamshire County Council, 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.'
Mr Stollery had worked for the local authority for the past 33 years, and for the last 16 years was dedicated to helping children in care. He was on holiday with his wife and son when he was killed.
His wife said: 'We still had a long life to live with plans and dreams for our future together. We love and miss him terribly and nothing will ever be the same again.
'He was a super husband and my best friend and a devoted dad to our son. He will remain in our hearts and in our memory forever.'
Tributes have been paid to social worker John Stollery (pictured, left, this year, and, right, graduating in 2007)
The grieving widow added: 'Our thoughts are with others who have gone through this mindless act of terrorism.
'We believe we all need to learn from what has happened and how it devastates individual and family life, so as to prevent it from happening to others.'
The county council's chief executive, Anthony May, said everyone at the authority was immensely saddened by the death of a much-loved and respected member of staff.
Mr May said: 'As a dedicated social worker, he had a passion to help others that was apparent to everyone that he met.
'Our thoughts are with John's family and all those affected by this terrible tragedy, including others from Nottinghamshire. John will be missed greatly.'
Among the other victims recently confirmed dead are Denis and Elaine Thwaites, from Blackpool, Lancashire, and Billy and Lisa Graham, from Bankfoot, Perthshire.
The family of Billy and Lisa Graham, from Perthshire, Scotland, have confirmed they were also killed on Friday
Mr Thwaites, 70, played for Birmingham Football Club before becoming a hospital porter. He and his 69-year-old wife arrived in Tunisia just 48 hours before the attack.
Mr and Mrs Thwaites's daughter, Lindsey, was forced to fly out to Tunisia on Saturday with her husband after being given no information from the Foreign Office on her parents' whereabouts.
The 39-year-old left a poignant handwritten tribute on a photo of the couple amid the growing sea of floral tributes to the dead being brought to the beach by devastated relatives.
'You are our world and I loved you so very much. Rest in Peace Mum and Dad. Your loving daughter Lindsey and son-in-law Danny,' it read.
Reports initially suggested Mr and Mrs Thwaites, who were staying at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel, were in hospital in Sousse. But relatives later learned this information was wrong and began a frantic search using social media.
On Monday Birmingham FC, the club for which Mr Thwaites played, said it was 'shocked and saddened' by news of his death.
Stuart Cullen (left) is believed to have died instantly. Philip Heathcote (right) was also killed in the attack but his wife Allison, who is still in a coma after the horror, does not yet know she has lost her 'soulmate'
A club statement read: 'We are deeply shocked and saddened by the death of former player Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine in the Tunisian terrorist attack.
'Our thoughts are with Denis' family. The club also offers its condolences to all who are mourning loved ones due to this atrocity.'
Billy, 50, and Lisa Graham, 51, from Bankfoot, near Perth, were also staying in one of the hotels where the terrorist attack happened.
Mr Graham's older brother Lindsay Graham contacted The Daily Record newspaper yesterday and confirmed that the couple had died.
Mr Graham was in the Army for 22 years and retired after service in Northern Ireland, Kuwait and Iraq.
Lindsay Graham, from Angus, told the newspaper the family had been going through 'absolute torture' as they waited for information about the missing couple.
Chris Dyer, 32, died while his wife, Gina Von Dort (pictured together) was seriously wounded in the attack
He said: 'Billy was based in Northern Ireland on active duty, then served in Kuwait and Iraq too. He joined the Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards because it was the same regiment as Lisa's father.
'He had the option to leave after nine years but he was determined to complete the whole 22 years.'
Repatriations of Britons killed in the attack are expected to begin on Wednesday, Downing Street has said.
Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokeswoman said that 21 Britons have been 'positively identified' as victims of the murder spree, while another nine UK nationals are believed to be among the dead.
Philip Heathcote, 53, was on holiday with his wife Allison when the beach the gunman struck. The couple were due to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.
Mrs Heathcote, 48, is in a medically induced coma after undergoing emergency surgery for multiple bullet wounds.
'The kindest': Scottish couple Ann and Jim McQuire (pictured together) were killed by the ISIS fanatic
The Heathcotes' son, James, 24, and his uncle Jonty Boon, 37, Mrs Heathcote's youngest brother, flew out to Tunisia after the attack.
Simon Boon, Mr Heathcote's brother-in-law, said in a statement last night: 'Philip Heathcote has now been identified and confirmed as one of those who sadly died as a result of the shooting.'
Mr Boon added: 'Philip originally comes from Manchester and I am sure his family living there will want to pay their own tributes. The thoughts of our family go out to them all as we, together, grieve this awful loss.'
'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.'
He added his sister, who was being flown in to the UK on an RAF aircraft last night, was 'stable' but that she will remain in hospital.
'I love Allison with all of my heart and would do anything for her, however here I am feeling helpless,' he added.
Slaughtered: Bruce Wilkinson, pictured with his wife Rita, is understood to have died in the massacre
Tributes have also been paid to former prison guard Stuart Cullen, 52, of Lowestoft, Suffolk, who is believed to have died instantly.
His wife Christine, 50, who was wounded, has returned to the UK to be comforted by relatives. Mrs Cullen is understood to have worked for many years as a travel agent for Thomas Cook. The couple had arrived in Tunisia the day before.
Mark Richards, landlord of Mr Cullen's local pub, said he was a 'real character, popular and really would do anything for anyone'.
Chris Dyer, 32, was shot dead on the beach. His wife, Gina Von Dort, clutched on to his lifeless body as she lay, riddled with bullets.
Mr Dyer suffered from reactive arthritis, but was a sports fan and member of the Watford Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
The club released a montage video of Mr Dyer on their Facebook page and wrote: 'It is with great sorrow that we announce the tragic death of our teammate Chris Dyer as a result of the Tunisia shootings. Our hearts go out to his family. May he rest in peace.'
Murdered: Lisa Burbidge (left) and Claire Windass (right) were among the 21 Britons who are confirmed to have died on the beach in Tunisia
Last night relatives of murdered Bruce Wilkinson told of their devastation. The 72-year-old was sunbathing next to his wife Rita when the gunman struck.
A picture of the former Drax power station worker with his wife shows them in Tunisia two years ago. They enjoyed it so much they had returned.
Mr Wilkinson's family said: 'We are devastated at the loss of Bruce, who was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was fun-loving, and will be deeply missed.'
James and Ann McQuire were killed on the beach as they sunbathed side by side. They booked the trip just a fortnight ago and had excitedly told friends at church about it.
Mr McQuire, 66, a retired marine engineer, and his wife, a former GP's receptionist, were described as community stalwarts who would be 'dreadfully missed'. The couple, who leave a son Stuart, 32, had been due to return to Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, yesterday.
Prayers were said for them at Abronhill Parish Church, where the Rev Joyce Keyes said: 'Jim was an elder with the church and the captain of the Boys' Brigade and his loss must impact on the wider community.'
David Wharton, 53, their neighbour for 22 years, added: 'They were just the kindest, most genuinely nice neighbours you could possibly ask for.'
Grandmother-of-four Lisa Burbridge, 66, from Whickham, Gateshead, was killed on the tenth anniversary of her husband Bill's death.
Granddaughter Chloe Thompson wrote on Facebook: 'My angel, my best friend, love you always grandma, rest in peace.'
Carer: The first Welsh victim was named as carer 52-year-old Trudy Jones (pictured left). Stuart Cullen (right), of Lowestoft, Suffolk, was also killed. His wife survived the terror attack and has been flown home
She leaves daughters Melanie Thompson, 45, and Louise Burbidge, 42. Her family said: 'We are devastated with the tragic loss of the most beautiful, amazing, caring and gentle person in our lives. We have been left with a massive hole in our hearts.'
Ms Burbidge's neighbours paid tribute to a 'lovely lady' who had loved her husband 'dearly'.
Paul Taylor, 45, who works in teaming and apprenticeships and went to school with Mrs Thompson, said Mrs Burbidge was 'a lovely lady, absolutely beautiful'.
He added: 'It is 10 years to the day since her husband died. She was devastated when he passed away.
Mother and stepmother Claire Windass, 54, had been celebrating husband Jim's 66th birthday. The carer from Hull was 'the loveliest lady', friends said yesterday.
Claire's stepson Steven, 29, said last night: 'My dad got back in the early hours of this morning, he just wants to sleep. He is too upset to talk to anyone right now. I'm okay, just shocked and trying to come to terms with it.'
Grandmother Trudy Jones, 51, of Blackwood, South Wales, was on holiday with partner Dave when she was killed. She worked at Highfields Nursing Home, Cefn Fforest, and a relative of one resident said she was 'an absolute angel to the people she cared for'
Her family said: 'We can't believe she went on holiday to relax – and never came home.'
Three generations: Adrian Evans (second left), Charles Evans (second right) and Joel Richards (far right) were also killed. Youngest brother Owen (left) survived the attack
The latest victim of the massacre to be named was 52-year-old Stuart Cullen, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, who is understood to have been on holiday with his wife.
His devastated wife, Christine, was with him at the time as they enjoyed their summer holiday.
She was injured but has flown home to Suffolk and is being comforted and supported by her family and police family liaison officers.
Friends said the couple had decided to jet off to Tunisia for a holiday having recently celebrated Christine's 50th birthday in Spain. They had only arrived in Tunisia the day before the shooting
Mark and Maxine Richards, landlords of the King Alfred pub, where former prison guard Mr Cullen would help out, said his death would leave a hole in the community.
Mr Richards, 50, said: 'He really would do anything for anyone. He made up the sign outside the pub for us and helped cover the chairs in the bar.
He said Mr Cullen was proud of his daughter, Emma-Jayne, who worked in television, adding: 'Emma was one thing I know Stuart was very proud of. She was a real daddy's girl.'
Last night Lowestoft mayor Stephen Ardley said: 'This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts are with all those affected, especially Mr Cullen's family and friends.
'I cannot begin to imagine the horror that people suffered in what is a beautiful and friendly part of the world.'
Tragic: Beauty blogger Carly Lovett (left) was killed alongside Lorna Carty (right), a mother-of-two in her 50s
Engaged: She had been engaged to Liam Moore (pictured with Miss Lovett) since December
Three members of the same family were also shot dead. Joel Richards, a 19-year-old student from Birmingham, had 'the world at his feet'.
He died alongside his uncle, Adrian Evans, 49, who was a 'popular' gas-services manager at Sandwell Council. Joel's grandfather, Patrick Evans, 78, was also killed. Joel's brother Owen, 16, witnessed the massacre.
Friends gathered at Walsall FC's Banks's Stadium to pay their respects to club season ticket-holders Mr Richards and Mr Evans.
'Shining star': Carly Lovett's family paid tribute to her on Monday
Among those who gathered outside the club's main reception to place personal tributes was Ross Adabo, 19, an old school friend and football team-mate of Joel.
He said: 'We can't believe what's happened. It's horrible, absolutely devastating. I knew his uncle and his grandad too and they were all lovely people.
In a statement, the West Midlands club said: 'The Walsall FC Family is in mourning following the tragic loss of three supporters in the Tunisia terror attacks.
'The thoughts of everyone associated to Walsall Football Club go out to their family and friends at this most difficult of times.'
Kathryn Hill, the head teacher of Mr Richard's former school, St Mary's Catholic Primary in Wednesbury, said: 'Joel contacted us recently asking if he could spend some of his university summer break coming back into school as a volunteer as he was considering a career in primary education.
'He spent a happy two weeks with us, accompanying us on school trips, helping out with our sports day and supporting in lessons.
'Joel was an intelligent, vibrant and compassionate young man who had the world at his feet and everything to live for. The staff at St Mary's are heartbroken at the tragic loss of his life and the lives of his uncle and grandfather.'
Photographer and beauty blogger Carly Lovett, 24, survived the gunman's initial onslaught only to be killed when he threw a grenade into her hotel.
Her fiancé Liam Moore, also 24, cradled her in his arms, desperately asking, 'What can I do?' Tony Callaghan said he saw Mr Moore holding Miss Lovett in the lobby of the Imperial Marhaba Hotel and helped look for a pulse.
He said: 'I just said to him, 'Sorry Liam I can't find her pulse.' I didn't know what else to say.'
Suzanne Davey, 44 (left), has been confirmed as dead by her son Conor Fulford, 23 (right), who paid tribute to her on Twitter, writing 'Love you always Mom, I've got my teddy bear you got me tonight'
Miss Lovett's family have since released a statement describing as a 'shining star'.
'She was funny, clever, artistic and radiated love and happiness around her.
'Carly recently got engaged to Liam, her childhood sweetheart of 10 years. Both were excited and looking forward to a bright future together filled with love and happiness.
'This has now been cruelly taken away.
'To move forward through this we will try to do what we believe Carly would want and that is to love, cherish and support each other.
'Carly, may you soar with the angels and we pray with all our hearts that this evil, and such disregard for human life, will end so no other family will feel the pain that we do today and always will.'
Irish nurse Lorna Carty, a mother of two in her 50s, had been due to fly back with husband Declan, who was recovering from heart surgery, on Friday afternoon. He had stayed in their room while his wife went for a walk.
Sue Davey, 44, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, and partner Scott Chalkley , 42, of Derby, had just bought a house together. The couple worked for Severn Trent Water, where they met.
When news broke, their family launched a social-media appeal to find them. Miss Davey's son Conor Fulford had seen TV footage of her being stretchered from the beach – he discovered later she had died.
Ms Davey's partner Scott Chalkley, 42, has also been confirmed as dead by his son Ross Naylor, who broke the news on social media, writing 'rest in peace dad'
Mr Chalkley's son Ross Naylor, from Derby, said on Twitter: 'Tonight me and Brad lost our Dad, unfortunately he was caught up in the sickening attacks in Tunisia.'
At Miss Davey's semi-detached home a bouquet of flowers lay outside with the message, 'So cruel, so sad'. Her daughter Chloe Fulford, 24, is partner of Premier League footballer Marc Albrighton.
Engineer Stephen Mellor from Bodmin in Cornwall was killed as he shielded his wife Cheryl on the beach. The nurse told the Mirror: 'I was screaming at people to check him and someone looked and they said he had no pulse. They said he was gone.'
Mrs Mellor told The Times that she and her husband were doing the crossword on the beach when the shooting started.
They hid under a sun lounger telling each other 'I love you' before Mr Mellor was killed as he tried to protect his wife, who was shot twice.
Speaking from her hospital bed, she said: 'I wish I had gone as well. He's gone and I'm still here.'
A neighbour close to their home in Cornwall, who asked not to be named, said last night: 'I knew them both through my kids. I can't believe it has happened, and happened to them. It brings it all back home.'
School transport inspector Laurence Hayes and wife Martina, of Athlone, County Westmeath, were also shot dead. The couple, in their 50s, had one daughter.
Laurence Hayes, of Athlone, County Westmeath, was shot dead with his wife, Marina, on Friday
It comes as officials warn families still waiting to hear from loved ones that the death toll will rise further.
Sources say the number of Britons dead is expected to rise to 30, with the Foreign Secretary confirming a 'significant proportion' of those yet to be formally identified are British.
When questioned over why it took so long for families to be given information, Mr Hammond said: 'As I understand it a large number were dressed for the beach so they were not carrying ID on them. There's a process that has to be gone through.
'We have sent special police teams out there and they are working through the remaining non-identified victims.
'There are a significant number of victims who have not been positively identified and it is highly likely a significant proportion will be British.'
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