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Soldier named in Afghanistan shooting

The Ministry of Defence has named the soldier killed in Afghanistan as Sapper Richard Reginald Walker from 28 Engineer Regiment.

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Sapper Richard Walker was 23 when shot

Sapper Richard Wilson
Sapper Richard Wilson Credit: MoD

An inquest into the death of a soldier from Washington is due to take place today, November 12. Sapper Richard Walker was 23 when he was killed in Afghanistan in January 2013.

The soldier died during his first deployment in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand.

The 28 Royal Engineer died and six others were injured when a rogue Afghan soldier opened fire.

Retired soldier dies in canoe accident

Durham Police have named a canoeist who died after his boat capsized in the River Tees at the weekend.

Retired Colonel Andrew Pullan, from Barnard Castle, was pulled under the water at Whorlton Lido, near Barnard Castle shortly after 2pm on Saturday.

The 47-year-old was pulled from the river by his instructor and given first aid, initially by members of the public and fellow canoeists then by one of the police officers who were called to the scene.

He was taken by air ambulance to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where he died on Sunday morning.

Colonel Pullan commanded 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment between 2006-2008 and had recently retired from the Army.

He leaves a widow, Mel and two children Ben and Hanna.


Soldiers given Freedom of Warminster

Soldiers from 1 Yorks, The Yorkshire Regiment Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Soldiers from 1 Yorks, The Yorkshire Regiment Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Around 250 soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment have taken part in a Freedom Parade.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Warminster in Wiltshire to watch members of the 1st Battalion march through the town.

The Freedom of Warminster was conferred on the regiment's 3rd Battalion last year.

But as part of Army reorganisation, the regiment's three battalions were merged into two and the Warminster-based battalion, the 3 Yorks, was renumbered the 1 Yorks.

The town council has now awarded the renumbered battalion freedom of the town and the parade was held today to mark the occasion.

During the parade, Sarah Troughton, Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, took the salute along with the mayor of Warminster Paul Batchelor.

The Freedom of Warminster means the regiment has the right to march through the streets of the town.

It is also allowed to parade with colours flying, bayonets fixed, drums beating and bands playing.

Soldier died training on North Yorkshire Moors

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the death of a soldier during a training exercise on the North Yorkshire Moors.

Private Michael Ihemere from the West Mercian Regiment was taking part in a routine exercise in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The 26-year-old soldier, who was based at Marne Barracks near Catterick., had recently returned from Afghanistan.

Today, his colleagues and his widow, held a parade in his memory.


Training death soldier 'had a bright future in the Army'

Michael Ihemere's commanding officer has paid tribute to the British army soldier who died on Wednesday, describing the 26-year-old Nigerian as "likeable, kind and talented".

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Ellwood said:

Private Ihemere quickly established himself as a valued member of his platoon. He proved to be a reliable, talented and popular soldier, respected by all across the Company. His likeable and kind nature immediately endeared him to those he worked with.

Whilst on operations, he was involved in some fierce fighting but always remained calm, did his job well and supported his friends and colleagues with resolute loyalty. Private Ihemere showed early signs that he had the potential to progress in the Army and had a bright future.

His loss will be keenly felt across the battalion and the thoughts, prayers and sympathies of all those that had the pleasure to know Private Ihemere are with his wife and family at this difficult time.

– Lieutenant Colonel Mark Ellwood
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