It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that a soldier from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh was killed in Afghanistan on 1 June 2012.
Ministry of Defence
The soldier was part of a foot patrol to disrupt insurgent activity in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province when his patrol came under attack from small arms fire. He was fatally wounded and, despite immediate medical attention, tragically could not be saved.
Spokesman for British Forces Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel John Kerner said:
"It is my sad duty to inform you that a soldier from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh has died as a result of injuries sustained while on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province. "The loss of the Soldier will be felt by all in Task Force Helmand, but most deeply by his family and loves ones. Our thoughts and sympathy are with them at this difficult time."
The soldier's next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.
This latest death brings the UK death toll in Afghanistan to 416, including accidents and ill health. Official figures for those killed in action show a total of 376. 376 too many.