Statement from Captain Bowers family, who was killed by an explosive device on Wednesday:
"Rupert was a kind, caring and thoughtful man who was selfless in his actions as a brave courageous soldier. He was a devoted husband, son and father who leaves a wife that is proud to have known him and a sister and parents whose grief is immeasurable.
He will be sorely missed and always in our thoughts."
"Rupert was a kind, caring and thoughtful man who was selfless in his actions as a brave courageous soldier.
The Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond, said he was saddened to learn of the death of Captain Bowers who was killed when an improvised explosive device went off.
“He was soldier whose bravery and professionalism was not only apparent to his colleagues every day on operations but had been recognised formally through the honours system with his Mention In Dispatches.
He died in the service of his country and his sacrifice will always be remembered.
This is, of course, the most tragic news for Captain Bowers’ family.
My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with them, as well as his friends and colleagues, at this painful time.”