A SOLDIER from the 14th Signal Regiment based in Brawdy, has been killed by enemy fire, the Ministry of Defence have announced.
The MOD released the following statement to The Pembrokeshire Herald: “It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that a soldier from 14th Signals Regiment (Electronic Warfare), has been killed in Afghanistan today, 15 October 2013.”The serviceman, who was attached to the Task Force Helmand Brigade Reconnaissance Force, was killed in action as a result of enemy fire while on a patrol in the area of Kakaran, north east of Helmand’s provincial capital Lashkar Gah, within the UK area of operations. Despite receiving immediate medical attention, he died from his injuries at the scene.”Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel Hywel Lewis, said: “A fantastic soldier has tragically died defending his comrades. He was the brightest and the best. Those who served alongside him were privileged and feel his loss most deeply. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family at this extremely difficult time.”
Pembrokeshire County Council have paid tribute to the soldier.
Chairman Arwyn Williams said:
“Pembrokeshire is shocked and saddened by today’s news. I know that all right-thinking men and women in Pembrokeshire will want to send their deepest sympathy to the brave soldier’s family as they face up to their tragic loss.I also want to send condolences to his larger “family” – the 14th Signal Regiment stationed at Cawdor Barracks, Brawdy, which will also be grieving today.
We have an historic and long association with the Armed Forces here in Pembrokeshire and this bitter news underlines the sacrifice they are sometimes called to make on our behalf.”
Stephen Crabb MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire said,
“ I was shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news that a soldier of the 14th Signal Regiment has died whilst on duty in Afghanistan. My deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers are with the soldier’s family at this very difficult time.”
“My thoughts are also with those friends and colleagues from the Regiment who are still in Afghanistan, and those at their home base at Cawdor Barracks, who will be coming to terms with the loss of one of their own”.