A soldier from 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh, killed in Afghanistan on Saturday has been named as Captain Stephen Healey from Cardiff. The Ministry of Defence says the 29-year-old was on a patrol in Helmand Province when the vehicle in which he was travelling was caught in a bomb blast. He was flown to the military hospital at Camp Bastion, where his death was confirmed.
Captain Healey became a semi-professional football player after leaving school, playing for clubs in South Wales and enjoying an apprenticeship at Swansea City. He completed a degree in Sports Science at Swansea University, before joining the army in 2007. He was commissioned into 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh, in 2008.
In 2011, he was selected to command the renaissance platoon and led their deployment in Afghanistan in March 2012. Three weeks before that, he organised and took part in a blindfolded walk between Chester and Llandudno to raise money for Blind Veterans UK.