Tributes for three British soldiers killed in Afghanistan bomb attack

Corporal William Thomas Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint and Private Robert Murray Hetherington Credit: MoD

Family and friends have tonight paid tribute to the British soldiers killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan.

Corporal William Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint and Private Robert Hetherington were travelling in a Mastiff armoured vehicle when it hit a roadside bomb on a routine patrol in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand Province, yesterday.

They were airlifted to the military hospital at Camp Bastion where it was confirmed that they had been killed in action, the Ministry of Defence said.

ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports:

Corporal William Thomas Savage

I am completely devastated by this news but extremely proud of 'Sav' and everything that he has achieved. He loved being a soldier! I have lost the love of my life and the father of our son. I know his life will live on through so many amazing memories that we shared together. He will be deeply missed amongst family, friends and the Regiment.

We will remember Corporal William Savage as an exceptional soldier, adedicated leader and a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. He was a classic example of a Scottish infantryman; robust, committed and blessed with a fine line in banter.

Sav was a good friend and comrade within the B Company Group. I have known him for years, he was a good humble person and very well respected by his peers. My friend, may your soul rest in peace and my heart goes out to your family mucker. May God bless your soul.

A true professional and a true friend. I am proud to have known him, he was taken far too soon.

Fusilier Samuel Flint

Fusilier Samuel Flint, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland. Credit: MoD

The whole family is completely devastated. Everyone should know that Sam loved his job and made his whole family and everyone that knew him very proud. Sam was always thelife and soul of the party, a real ladies man, witty funny, the real cheekychappy. He was a loving son, the protective brother, courageous nephew, thecaring uncle, the loyal grandson that anyone would wish to have. We want to thankeveryone for the kind tributes and strong support. Always in our heartsand minds, we love you Sam.

We have all been immensely proud to have known and worked with Fusilier Sam Flint and he will forever be in the memory of the Battalion and of the Regiment. We bid him farewell and promise to continue his work in Afghanistan and to commemorate his sacrifice.

You brought a smile to my face no matter how bad a day I had and drove me nuts fixing that car. Our banter with David and Bez can never be repeated. You made us all proud. It has been an honour working alongside you and calling you my friend. You will be forever missed.

Today I lost a good friend. There was never a dull moment living and working with Sam, he was always smiling and laughing and making everyone do the same.

Private Robert Murray Hetherington

Private Robert Murray Hetherington, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland Credit: MoD

Private Bobby Hetherington was a thoughtful and humorous soldier who was always quick to find the fun in Army life and to keep the chain of command on our toes with his sharp wit and insightful mind. He will be sorely missed by us all in the Battalion and we take great pride in having served alongside such an impressive young man.

Robert Hetherington was a true friend, if only briefly, and a constant bag of morale. He was liked by all and will be sorely missed. My lasting memory will be of his infectious laugh and smile. RIP, Big Man, see you on the other side of the pearly gates

Bobby was my best friend. He was the life and soul of the party and one of the kindest and friendliest people I have ever met. He was always at the end of the phone or across the table at a pub if you had problems you needed to talk about. He was delighted to be an usher at my wedding after I told him I was getting engaged. When my pregnant fiancée had her scan last week and we found out it was a girl, Bobby was the first one I told and he was delighted.

Big Bob Hetherington. A dear friend, a true gentleman, a legend who will always be remembered by all. RIP