– Defence Secretary Philip Hammond
I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Captain Townley.
I understand that he was an immensely talented and intelligent officer with a flourishing military career who was dedicated to supporting those around him.
My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
A soldier who died from wounds sustained in a shooting incident in Afghanistan on Friday has been named as Captain James Anthony Townley, from the Corps of Royal Engineers, by the Ministry of Defence