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'Fantastic' British soldier killed in Afghanistan

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel Hywel Lewis MBE, said:

A fantastic soldier has tragically died defending his comrades. He was the brightest and the best. Those who served alongside him were privileged and feel his loss most deeply. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family at this extremely difficult time.

The serviceman’s next of kin have been informed.


British soldier killed in Afghanistan

A British soldier has been killed in enemy fire while on patrol in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

The "fantastic" soldier, from 14 Signals Regiment (Electronic Warfare), attached to the Task Force Helmand Brigade Reconnaissance Force, died while on patrol in Helmand Province, the MoD said.

The death takes to 445 the number of UK service members who have lost their lives since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 and is the seventh this year.

It is the first UK death in Afghanistan since Corporal William Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint, and Private Robert Hetherington died when their Mastiff armoured vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) on a routine patrol on April 30.


Gurkha based in Brecon given Military Cross for bravery

Rifleman Tuljung Gurung was given the Military Cross for his gallantry and courage. Credit: PA

A Gurkha based in Brecon has received the Military Cross for his bravery, after a firefight at his base in Afghanistan.

Rifleman Tuljung Gurung, from the Royal Gurkha Rifles, was shot in the head by an Afghan insurgent, avoided being blown up by a grenade, then took the insurgent on in hand-to-hand combat.

He was among more than 100 members of the armed forces recognised in the latest round of military honours, at a ceremony in London on Thursday.

Read More: Military heroes honoured for bravery in Afghanistan


Funeral service held for Cardiff soldier

Simon Daw's family said they will miss him every day of their lives.

The funeral of a Welsh soldier, who had returned from his fourth tour in Afghanistan and died on holiday in France, has been held in Cardiff.

Corporal Simon Daw, who was 26 and from the city, served with 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh.

He went missing in February, whilst on a snowboarding holiday with friends at the resort Les Deux Alpes.

His body was found in April.

Funeral of Corporal Simon Christopher Daw

Corporal Simon Christopher Daw
Corporal Simon Christopher Daw Credit: Wales News Service

The funeral of Corporal Simon Christopher Daw will be held in Cardiff this afternoon.

The soldier from 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh, died whilst on a snow-boarding holiday with two of his friends after retuning from his fourth tour of Afghanistan.

The 26 year old, from Cardiff, went missing after a night out in Les Deux Alps in February. His body was found in the countryside just outside this resort in April.

Former soldier criticises provision of prosthetic limbs in Wales

A former soldier who lost his leg in Afghanistan has hit out at the Welsh Government, saying he was forced to move to England to get an acceptable level of care.

ITV News first featured Pete Bowker's story back in February, when he had waited six months for a prosthetic limb.

In the end, he moved from Connah's Quay across the border to Chester, and after an appointment in an English facility was given his new limb immediately.

The money has now been made available in Wales, and Pete says he hopes no one else has to move countries to get the care they need.

Ian Lang reports.

Watch: 'Worse treatment in Wales' for soldiers who lose limbs

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