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Soldier from Peterborough killed in Afghanistan

Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles died on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province. On 30th October they were meeting with Afghan Uniformed Policemen inside the checkpoint.

When they finished their meeting Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter, along with his colleague Lance Corporal Siddhanta Kunwar, were shot and killed by a man wearing an Aghan police uniform who had attended the meeting.

I was deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter and Lance Corporal Siddhanta Kunwar. They have made the ultimate sacrifice whilst serving in Afghanistan on an operation which is vital to our national security. My thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of both of these brave men at this most difficult time.

– Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Defence

Lieutenant Drummond-Baxter was born in Peterborough in 1983. He leaves behind his mother, Helen, father, David and sister, Emily.

Edward was fiercely loyal and totally sincere to his parents, sister and many friends who are mourning him today both in the UK and around the world. He loved the Gurkhas and died among friends doing the job that he wanted to do.

– The family of Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter


Soldier killed in Afghanistan

A soldier from the Light Dragoons, who are based at Robertson Barracks in Swanton Morley, Norfolk has been killed in Afghanistan.

He died yesterday (9 september) when the vehicle he was travelling in hit an improvised explosive device. His family have been informed.

"I have the sad duty to inform you that a soldier from The Light Dragoons has died as a result of wounds sustained while on duty in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.

"The thoughts and prayers of everyone serving in Task Force Helmand are extended to his family and friends at this extremely difficult time."

– Spokesman for UK Forces Afghanistan, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Parry
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