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Commanding officers pay tribute to 'an exceptional officer'

James was an exceptional officer, a great character and unbelievably clever. The Regiment is devastated that such a bright light has gone out – everyone knew him and it was impossible not to be drawn in by his passion and humour. He was on his third tour of Afghanistan and a volunteer for all three. He joined to be a soldier and he was determined to make the most of all the opportunities he could. The Regiment will be a poorer place without James.

– Lieutenant Colonel Chas Story, Commanding Officer, 28 Engineer Regiment

His tragic loss has stunned the Regiment, and we are all trying to come to terms with this awful event. He had many friends throughout the Corps and his loss will be deeply felt by all those who had the privilege of serving alongside him.

– Lieutenant Colonel Jack Nicholson, Commanding Officer, 21 Engineer Regiment

Family pay tribute to 'our hero' Captain James Townley

James was a wonderful, loving and caring son and brother. He was devoted to his girlfriend Helen.

He was our guardian angel and our hero. We were so proud of him. He touched every part of our lives and his loss has left a huge chasm that we can never fill.

James will never be forgotten and always in our hearts and thoughts.

– Captain James Townley's family