Soldier from 4th Regiment Royal Artillery killed in Afghanistan

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Sadly news of the death of a further Soldier in Afghanistan has been announced today by the MOD:

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that a soldier from 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, serving as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (South), was killed in Helmand today, Wednesday 26 May 2010.

The soldier died from a gunshot wound sustained during a small arms fire engagement with insurgent forces in the Nahr-e Saraj area of Helmand this morning.

He was conducting a joint foot patrol with the Afghan National Army, in order to reassure the local population following insurgent intimidation, when the incident took place.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith, said:

“It is with great sadness I must inform you that a soldier from 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, part of 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles Battle Group, was killed this morning in Nahr-e Saraj (South).

“He was conducting a joint foot patrol with the Afghan National Army when he was killed by small arms fire. He died doing his duty, alongside his mates, whilst seeking to reassure the local population and counter insurgent intimidation.

“He will be greatly missed and we will always remember him.”

Next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.

My thoughts are with his family and friends on this sad day.

Ministry of Defence | Defence News | Military Operations | Soldier from 4th Regiment Royal Artillery killed in Afghanistan.

Royal Marine from 40 Commando killed in Sangin

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Sadly  a Royal Marine from 40 Commando has been killed in Sangin, Afghanistan. The MOD has this:

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that a Royal Marine from 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, was killed in Afghanistan today, Friday 21 May 2010.

The Royal Marine was killed in an explosion that happened near Patrol Base Almas, in Sangin, Helmand province, this morning.

He was conducting a joint foot patrol with the Afghan National Army to reassure and improve the security for the local population in the area when the incident took place.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith, said:

“It is my sad duty to inform you that a Marine from 40 Commando Royal Marines was killed by an explosion this morning in Sangin.

“He was conducting reassurance operations with the Afghan National Army when he was struck by an explosion.

“He died a Marine, doing his duty alongside his British and Afghan comrades. His actions will not be forgotten and we will always remember him.”

Next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.

My thoughts are with his family and friends on this sad day.

Ministry of Defence | Defence News | Military Operations | Royal Marine killed in Sangin.

British soldier dies in Afghanistan blast

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A sad reminder to our politicians that whilst they are fighting the General Election, our Armed Forces are fighting a real war in Afghanistan. The BBC has this

A British soldier has died in an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said.

The soldier, from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment serving with 40 Commando Royal Marines Battle Group, was killed on Sunday.

He died near PB Waterloo military base in Sangin, Helmand Province. His next of kin have been informed.

He is the 282nd member of the British military to be killed in Afghanistan since operations began in 2001.

Task Force Helmand spokesman Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith said: “He was providing protection to his fellow soldiers who were returning from a patrol when tragically he was killed in an explosion.

“He will be greatly missed and his actions will not be forgotten.”

The last soldier to be killed in Afghanistan was Fusilier Jonathan Burgess, of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh who died in the Nad Ali area of Helmand on 7 April.

Fusilier Burgess, 20, from Swansea, was shot during a fire fight while on patrol aimed at disrupting insurgents.

My thoughts are with his family and friends on this sad day.

BBC News – British soldier dies in Afghanistan blast.

Soldier from 3 RIFLES killed in Afghanistan

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Another day in Afghanistan and sadly another death.  This time a soldier from 3rd Battalion The Rifles (3 Rifles has been killed, again by small arms fire. The MOD has this.

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of a soldier from 3rd Battalion The Rifles (3 RIFLES) in Afghanistan during the morning of Tuesday 2 March 2010.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel David Wakefield, said:

“It is my sad duty to inform you that a British soldier from 3 RIFLES was killed by small arms fire this morning in Sangin, northern Helmand.

“He was part of a team from 3 RIFLES partnering Afghan National Army soldiers at a vehicle checkpoint to the south east of Sangin district centre, when the checkpoint was fired on.

“He died protecting the people of Sangin. He will be sorely missed by us, his comrades; we will remember him.”

Next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.

This death is not connected to Operation MOSHTARAK

This will be truly a sad day for all his family and friends and I offer them my condolences. May he Rest in Peace.

Ministry of Defence | Defence News | Military Operations | Soldier from 3 RIFLES killed in Afghanistan.

Soldier from 4 RIFLES killed in Afghanistan

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Further sad news from Afghanistan, A soldier from A Company 4 Rifles has been shot and killed in Afghanistan. The MOD has this:

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of a soldier from A Company 4 RIFLES, part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group, during the morning of 1 March 2010.

The soldier died as a result of small arms fire near Sangin, in Helmand Province.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel David Wakefield, said:

“It is my sad duty to inform you that a soldier from 4 RIFLES, serving as part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group, died this morning near Sangin in northern Helmand Province.

“He was on a foot patrol about 700 metres east of Patrol Base Blenheim, to the north east of Sangin District Centre.

“The patrol he was on was part of ongoing operations by the 3 RIFLES Battle Group to expand the area of security around the District Centre, when he was shot and killed by small arms fire.

“He died doing his duty, boldly confronting the enemy; we will remember him.”

Next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.

This death was not connected to Operation MOSHTARAK.

My thoughts are with his family and friends on this sad day.

Ministry of Defence | Defence News | Military Operations | Soldier from 4 RIFLES killed in Afghanistan.

British Soldier From 3rd Battalion The Rifles Dies From Wounds Sustained In Explosion In Helmand

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Sky News reports that another Soldier has died in Afghanistan:

A British soldier from 3rd Battalion The Rifles has died from wounds sustained in an explosion near Sangin in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

The soldier was on foot patrol south of Sangin district centre when the explosion occurred. His family have been informed.

My thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

via British Soldier From 3rd Battalion The Rifles Dies From Wounds Sustained In Explosion In Helmand | UK News | Sky News.

UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

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Sad news on this Friday night of the death of the 250th  British Soldier in Afghanistan.

The BBC reports

A soldier from A Company 4 Rifles has died following an explosion while on foot patrol near Sangin in central Helmand province in Afghanistan.

The soldier, who has not been named, was serving as part of 3 Rifles Battle Group. His next of kin have been told.

Lt Col David Wakefield, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, paid tribute to the soldier’s sacrifice.

The soldier’s death brings the number of UK service personnel killed in Afghanistan to 250 since 2001.

Col Wakefield said: “He was on a foot patrol, part of a larger operation to provide security for the local population in Sangin, when the explosion happened.

“His courage and the sacrifice he has made will not be forgotten.”

My thoughts as always are with his family and friends on this sad day for them.

BBC News – UK soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Rugby Union Commentator Bill McLaren Dies

Rugby union commentator Bill McLaren has died aged 86

Sad news that the “Voice of Rugby” Bill Mclaren has died. To me he was the ethos of Rugby as a sport and a true gentleman and epitomised all that is best in Scotland

Sky has this:

McLaren spent almost 50 years as a national broadcaster, beginning his career on BBC radio in 1953.

Known as the “voice of rugby”, he was honoured with an OBE, a CBE and an MBE for his services to the sport.

Until 1987, McLaren combined his broadcasting career with his role as a PE teacher, coaching several players who went on to play for Scotland.

McLaren died in hospital in his hometown of Hawick in the Scottish borders.

Rugby Union Commentator Bill McLaren, Known As ‘The Voice Of Rugby’, Dies Aged 86 | UK News | Sky News.

Crash: Death on Britain’s roads

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Death on the Roads

With a young son soon to be coming up to an age when he can drive this article by the BBC will perhaps open his eyes to the dangers of driving and perhaps make him think a little. There is a searchable map and interactive statistics.

One fact he should read is this.

This decrease has helped saved lives and reduced injuries, says Professor Stradling, particularly in built up areas. The picture in out-of-town areas is less encouraging.

Here the statistics have remained stubbornly high, for reasons less related to outright speeding, and more to do with driving too fast for the conditions.

Single vehicle, loss of control, crashes are very common on rural single carriageway roads, particularly where a young driver is behind the wheel.

Happy and safe motoring during this festive season!

BBC News – Crash: Death on Britain’s roads.

UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

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The BBC reports the sad death of a member of the Military Police in Afghanistan.

British soldier from the Royal Military Police has been killed in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The soldier was killed on Thursday morning by an explosion while on foot patrol near to the Gereshk district in Helmand province.

The Ministry of Defence said next of kin had been informed.

This death takes the number of UK troops killed on operations in Afghanistan since 2001 to 222.

Lt Col David Wakefield, a spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: “It is my sad duty to confirm the death of a soldier, a Royal Military Policeman, in an explosion earlier today in Helmand Province.

“He died doing his duty and we will remember him.”

My thoughts are with his family and friends in this sad time.

BBC NEWS | UK | UK soldier killed in Afghanistan.