Midlands Soldier Killed

One of the three soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Sunday came from the Midlands. Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas came from Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire.

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Body of Midlands soldier due to be repatriated

Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas
Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas Credit: PA

The body of a Midlands soldier who died in Afghanistan last weekend will return to the UK today.

Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas, who served with The Royal Corps of Signals, is due to be repatriated to RAF Brize Norton this afternoon, along with two colleagues who died alongside him.

The MoD confirmed that the three men were killed on Sunday when a man dressed in an Afghan police uniform opened fire at them.

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Tributes to Herefordshire soldier

The family of Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas, who was shot by an Afghan policeman while on patrol in Helmand province on Sunday, paid the following tribute:

"Pez was a military man through and through. He thrived in extreme environments, both in the military and in his spare time.

"He was a keen climber and mountaineer and will be sorely missed by everyone who had the privilege to have met him."

– Leonard Thomas's family

"Warrant Officer Class 2 'Pez' Thomas was a soldier of great experience, wisdom and dedication.

"A proud member of 37 Signal Regiment (Volunteers), with 15 years of regular military service behind him.

"The toughest jobs are given to most able and 'Pez' was deployed to a challenging area of Helmand. There he acted as a Stabilisation Operator; striving to enhance the lives of the people by improving local governance, infrastructure and basic services.

"At this difficult time our prayers and thoughts rest with his partner Rachel and his mother Sylvia."

– Colonel Alan Richmond, late Queen's Dragoon Guards, Commander, Military Stabilisation Support Group