Two Welsh soldiers who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last week have been named as Captain Thomas Clarke and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas.
Captain Clarke, 30, from Cowbridge, enlisted as an army officer in May 2007, undertaking officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He then joined the Army Air Corps as a pilot. He was described as an "ambitious and competent young officer" with "a very bright and promising future."
Lance Corporal Thomas, 26, was born in Brecon and joined the Army Reserve in June 2011. He was deployed to Afghanistan with 3 Military Intelligence Battalion in December last year, to serve with the International Security Assistance Force.
His commanding officer said he was a "young, enthusiastic and highly capable Intelligence Corps soldier" who loss will be "deeply felt."
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