Sadly I missed the announcements on Friday of the deaths of two further British Soldiers in Afghanistan. And then today we have the further sad news of the death of a third soldier. The BBC has this:
A British soldier from 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment has been killed in Afghanistan, the MoD has said.
The announcement came shortly after two other soldiers, who died in separate incidents on Thursday, were named as Corporal Lloyd Newell and Craftsman Andrew Found.
The latest casualty was killed on Saturday when he was shot on patrol. His next-of-kin have been informed.
The total number of service personnel killed in Afghanistan stands at 374.
Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lt Col Tim Purbrick, said the soldier who was killed on Saturday was part of the protective cordon guarding a meeting between the Afghan National Army and people who had recently reoccupied the Haji Tor Aga Kalay area in the Nahr-e Saraj District.
He said insurgents with “engaged them with small arms fire during which he was fatally wounded. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
On the deaths of the soldiers on Friday the BBC has this
Corporal Lloyd Newell, a member of the Parachute Regiment, was killed by small arms fire in Helmand Province on Thursday.
Craftsman Andrew Found, 27, from Whitby, Yorkshire, was a member of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, he died in an explosion while trying to rescue a vehicle.
‘Man of integrity’
Cpl Newell was married with a nine-week-old daughter. The MoD said it would not be releasing details of his age or where he was from “because of the nature of his work”.
An MoD spokesman said the paratrooper “was a man of integrity and principle”.
“He was a natural and talented soldier who loved his work and the military lifestyle.
“He personified the great British Paratrooper – selfless, humble, cheerful and utterly reliable. He did his duty, relishing discomfort as a personal test, and always acting in the greater interests of the team.”
‘Laughter and love’
Craftsman Andrew Found, of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, serving with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, was killed by a bomb in the Gereshk Valley area of Helmand.
A father-of-two, his wife Samantha said: “You’re my husband, my best friend and are my world. I cannot explain my pain and the hole you have left in all our lives.
“You are the best husband anyone could have wished for; a great dad, friend and you have touched the hearts of many in your life.
“You loved your job, your family and friends and always loved a good joke. You always made me smile. I will love you always and forever. You were my rock and my hero and always will be. I love you so much.”
The couple had a son, Jaxson. Craftsman Found also had another son, Michael, from a previous relationship.
His parents Jennifer and Alan Found, and his brother Simon, said: “Even though we are all in pain now, we will remember the fun, the laughter and all the love he brought to all the people he knew and loved.”
Another sad week for our Armed Forces in Afghanistan. My thoughts are with all the families and friends of the three soldiers.