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Tributes flood in for Sapper Richard Walker from Leeds

Tributes have flooded in for Sapper Richard Walker from Leeds, who died in Afghanistan on Monday.

“Richard held two things close to his heart – his daughter and his colleagues in the Army. A proud, patriotic man, he died doing a job he loved, supporting his friends."

– Sapper Walker’s family

Sapper Walker was the epitome of a true Sapper, one who would roll up his sleeves and get on with the task in hand no matter what, but importantly he would do it with great humour. He made sure that he made the most of every opportunity, both in the Army and at home; it is without doubt that he had a lot to offer and a bright future.

He was hugely respected as a fit, professional soldier with a massive character. This was his first tour of Afghanistan but anyone would have thought he was a seasoned expert, such was his ability and professionalism.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, including his young daughter Lilly-Faith, at this very difficult time.”

– Lt Col Chas Story, Commanding Officer, 28 Engineer Regiment

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Fallen soldier is Sapper Richard Walker from Leeds

Sapper Richard Reginald Walker

The Ministry of Defence have announced the soldier killed in action on Monday is Sapper Richard Reginald Walker from Leeds. He was serving with 28 Engineer Regiment, attached to 21 Engineer Regiment as part of the Task Force Helmand Engineer Group.

Sapper Walker was shot in an apparent 'insider attack' by a member of the Afghan National Army at Patrol Base Hazrat in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.

He was working on a construction task with other military engineers from his troop, as part of the preparations to hand the camp over to Afghan security forces, when the Afghan soldier turned his weapon soldiers at the base.

There were a number of casualties, all of whom were taken to a nearby medical facility where Sapper Walker was pronounced dead.