1. ITV Report

Cardiff memorial for two Welsh Cavalry soldiers

Lieutenant David Boyce (left) and Lance Corporal Richard Scanlon were killed on duty in November Photo: Ministry of Defence

A service of remembrance will be held today in memory of two Welsh Cavalry soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Richard Scanlon, 31, of Rhymney, near Caerphilly, died in a bomb blast last November alongside Lieutenant David Boyce, 25, from Hertfordshire.

The two, both from from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, were on a patrol providing security in the Yakchal region of Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand Province when their armoured vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.

It is clear from the warm tributes paid by their colleagues and commanders that Lieutenant David Boyce and Lance Corporal Richard Scanlon were liked and respected in equal measure.

They have made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of Britain’s national security, and that will never be forgotten.

– Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, speaking in November

The service will take place at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff tomorrow morning.

Twenty-seven Welsh service personnel have been killed in action in Afghanistan to date.

Ray Scanlon told ITV Wales that his son Richard, who was killed whilst on duty in Afghanistan in November, was 'so dedicated' and well-loved within his battalion.