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Yorkshire Regiment soldier killed

A soldier from the 3rd battalion the Yorkshire Regiment killed in Afghanistan on Sunday was about to become a father for the first time. Private Gregg Stone, who was 20 and from Hornsea, was killed during an operation to rescue an Afghan police officer who had been kidnapped by insurgents.

His wife Samanatha today paid tribute to a "brilliant husband and a family man". David Hirst reports.

Fallen soldier was father-to-be

Private Gregg Thomas Stone who was killed in Afghanistan less than a month after arriving there was expecting his first child with his wife, Samantha. The 20-year-old was shot dead on Sunday as he took part in a mission to rescue a policeman kidnapped by extremists.

Army chiefs said Private Stone was looking forward to attending the Junior Non-Commissioned Officers course upon return from Afghanistan, "which he was sure to pass."

Only a few days ago he told me how excited he was at the prospect of becoming a father for the first time. He will be sorely missed by everyone in Burma Company and he will never be forgotten. The thoughts and prayers of every member of Burma Company are with Gregg's wife and his loving family."

– Major Rob Singleton, Officer Commanding Burma Company, 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment


Defence Secretary pays tribute to fallen soldier

I was sorry to hear of the death of Private Stone who was clearly a committed, courageous and professional soldier who had made a big impression since joining the Army just two years ago. His death will be a great loss to his fellow soldiers and my sympathies are with them and Private Stone's wife and family, who should be extremely proud of what he achieved."

– Defence Secretary Philip Hammond

Soldier killed in Afghanistan

A soldier from the 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment has been killed in Afghanistan. The soldier was part of a patrol to disrupt insurgent activity in the south of Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand Province, when he was killed by small arms fire. His family have been informed.

It is my sad duty to inform you that a soldier from 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment has been killed whilst on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province. His loss will be felt by everyone across Task Force Helmand and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

– Lieutenant Colonel John Kerner
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