'An enormous loss to us all'

An inquest will be held into the death of the first British female explosives expert to be killed in Afghanistan. Captain Lisa Head, of 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, the Royal Logistic Corps, was injured while defusing an improvised explosive device in Helmand province in April 2011.

The 29-year-old, from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, was flown home and treated at hospital in Birmingham where she later died.Capt Head had deployed to Afghanistan in March last year. She had cleared one IED in an alleyway in Nahr-e-Saraj when a second device exploded.

We wish to say that we are extremely proud of Lisa. Lisa always said that she had the best job in the world and she loved every second of it. Lisa had two families - us and the Army. Lisa had a fantastic life and lived it to the full. No-one was more loved.

– Lisa's family statement

Captain Lisa Head will be remembered by the officers and soldiers of theregiment as a passionate, robust and forthright individual who enjoyed life tothe full - be it at work, on the sporting field or at the bar. She was totally committed to her profession and rightly proud of being an ammunition technical officer.She took particular pride in achieving the coveted 'high threat' status whichset her at the pinnacle of her trade... Her potential was considerable and she will be an enormous loss to us all.

– Lieutenant Colonel Adam McRae, the regiment's commanding officer

The inquest will be held at Bradford Coroner's Court this morning.

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Explosives Expert Inquest

An inquest is due to take place into the death of Captain Lisa Head, the first woman explosives expert to be killed in Afghanistan.