The father of Lieutenant Andrew Robert Chesterman of the 3rd Battalion The Rifles, who died as a result of wounds sustained in enemy action while on patrol in Afghanistan, said today that his family had lost "a fine young man".
Paul Chesterman said that Lt Chesterman's family were "immensely proud" of him. The 26-year-old, from Guildford, Surrey, was commanding a vehicle patrol in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province on Thursday when the lead vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb.
The Ministry of Defence said that as Lt Chesterman moved forward to take control of the situation, insurgents opened fire and he was shot. He was taken to hospital in Camp Bastion but could not be saved