It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce the death of a soldier from The Queen’s Royal Hussars (The Queen’s Own and Royal Irish) on 8 April 2012, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Ministry of Defence
The soldier was serving as part of Task Force Helmand when he was injured in an explosion on 3 February 2012. He received treatment in Afghanistan and in the UK but subsequently died of his wounds in the company of his family. Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Ian Lawrence, said:
"Sadly, I must report that today a soldier from The Queen’s Royal Hussars has died of wounds sustained in an IED strike on 3 February 2012. "The thoughts and condolences of everyone serving in the Task Force are with his family and friends."
The soldier’s family has been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.
This brings the UK death toll to 408.
The MoD clarifies the death toll saying, Of these, 368 were killed as a result of hostile action. 40 are known to have died either as a result of illness, non-combat injuries or accidents, or have not yet officially been assigned a cause of death pending the outcome of an investigation. The balance of these figures may change as inquests are concluded.
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