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Tributes to Royal Anglian killed in Afghanistan

Royal Anglian Cpl Alex Guy was killed in action in Afghanistan on Friday. Photo: Ministry of Defence

A British soldier killed during an operation targeting insurgents in Afghanistan on Friday has been named by the Ministry of Defence as Corporal Alex Guy. He was born in Norwich and brought up in Cambridgeshire.

Cpl Guy, 37, of the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, was killed while leading his section to assist a group of Afghan soldiers pinned down by enemy fire during an insurgent ambush in Nad-e Ali District of Helmand Province.

Cpl Guy, from St Neots in Cambridgeshire, had been in the army for 19 years and served on eight operational tours including Bosnia, Iraq, three in Northern Ireland and three in Afghanistan. He had been recently selected for promotion to the rank of Sergeant.

He married his wife Emma in 2006.

"Alex was kind. A happy, full-of-life and kind hearted man, with a passion for his work and family."

– Emma Guy, wife of Cpl Alex Guy

Along with his wife, Cpl Guy leaves his mother and father, Aileen and Andrew, and sisters Rebecca and Martha.

His mother said Cpl Guy was born into a military family who were stationed at RAF Coltishall.

"He left school in 1991 and eventually decided to join the Army in 1992. The comradeship and discipline and 'sense of family' meant everything to him. He was a wonderful and loving son, husband, brother, friend and comrade."

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Aston, commanding officer of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, hailed his "courage, selfless commitment and professionalism".

"A loyal, committed and thoroughly decent man, Corporal Alex Guy was a unique member of the Vikings. His honest, welcoming approach and impressive operational pedigree saw him achieve the ideal balance between good friend, wise mentor and tough commander."

– Lt-Col Michael Aston, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment

Col Aston added: "In his section he had forged a strong team which he led through the most dangerous of situations with nothing other than courage, selfless commitment and utter professionalism. When things got difficult Corporal Guy was exactly the person you would want by your side; he would quietly revel in the responsibility and never you let down. It is these attributes that have defined his career over the last 19 years and will remain in the memory of his fellow Vikings.

"Fiercely proud of his Battalion and intensely devoted to his wife Emma and his family, his loss will be felt deeply across the Battlegroup. Today we have lost a remarkable Viking. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this impossibly difficult time."

Cpl Alex Guy joined the Army at the age of 18. Credit: Ministry of Defence

Cpl Guy enlisted in the Army when he was 18 and was quickly identified as a talented young leader and promoted to Lance Corporal in 1995.

In 2000 he was selected for training as a specialist in the Anti-Tank Platoon and was promoted to corporal in 2003. He later worked as an Army recruiter before returning to the Battalion in 2010 to begin preparations for deployment to Afghanistan where his section was attached to B Company of the Estonian Scouts Battalion, part of the 1 Royal Anglian Battlegroup.

"Corporal Alex Guy was the epitome of a Viking soldier; professional, dedicated, brave, and dependable, yet also self-effacing, modest and approachable to even the most newly-arrived soldiers."

– Major Bevis Allen, Officer Commanding D Company, 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment

His friend Corporal Wayne Cole, Regimental Signals Detachment Commander, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment said: "I have known Alex ever since we arrived at Bassingbourn on day one of recruit training in 1992. Since then Alex has been the best mate you could possibly have, generous with his time and incredibly loyal.

"Alex, I will miss you more than I can describe. My heart goes out to your lovely wife Emma, your family and many friends. You may be gone but I for one will always remember you as a true Viking. Stablis."

Cpl Guy is the 419th member of UK forces to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001.