– Corporal William Thomas Savage’s wife Lyndsey
I am completely devastated by this news but extremely proud of 'Sav' and everything that he has achieved. He loved being a soldier!
I have lost the love of my life and the father of our son. I know his life will live on through so many amazing memories that we shared together.
He will be deeply missed amongst family, friends and the Regiment.
– Defence Secretary Philip Hammond
I was deeply saddened to learn ofthe deaths of these soldiers, each highly praised and respected by theircolleagues and commanders.
It is clear from the tributes paid to them thatthey were exceptional men who served their country with distinction.
My thoughts go out to the families and friends of these brave men at this very difficult time.
Three British soldiers killed when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Helmand Province in Afghanistan have been named by the Ministry of Defence:
- Corporal William Thomas Savage from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment Of Scotland.
- Fusilier Samuel Flint from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment Of Scotland.
- Private Robert Murray Hetherington from 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment Of Scotland.
Their families have been told.
The Ministry of Defence has said that three soldiers who were killed in Helmand province after a roadside bomb attack were travelling in the latest Mastiff 3 armoured vehicle.
ITV News International Editor Bill Neely reports:
The spokesman for the international forces in Afghanistan, Brigadier General Gunter Katz, has said that stability is improving in Helmand, despite the latest death of three UK soldiers.
Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, has said that the three soldiers killed in Helmand, Afghanistan, were engaged in protection work.
He added: "This is a very timely reminder that there are still tremendous risks for our forces [in Afghanistan]."
Flags at the barracks which houses Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland in Penicuik, near Edinburgh, are at half mast today following the death of three soldiers in Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister has led tributes to the troops, who were killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Helmand Province. Six others were injured in the blast.
The soldiers were the first to die in an attack while travelling in a Mastiff, one of the Army's safest armoured vehicles, as ITV News' Paul Davies reports.