Soldier killed in Afghanistan named as Lance Corporal James Ashworth

Lance Corporal James Ashworth joined the British Army in 2006 when he was 17 years old. Credit: MoD

A British soldier killed while on patrol in Afghanistan on Wednesday has been named by the Ministry of Defence as Lance Corporal James Ashworth from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

Lieutenant Colonel James Bowder MBE, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, said:

"Lance Corporal Ashworth's death leaves a hole in the Battalion – we have lost one of our very best soldiers. The Battalion, and indeed the broader Regiment, will never forget this quite exceptional man. Moreover, our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this most difficult of times."