A British soldier has died whilst on the start of his Xmas leave. Cpl Ray Maharaj of the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment, Paderborn, Germany, died after drowning in a swimming pool accident. He had been on TELIC IV & TELIC VIII, which saw fierce fighting from the Mahadi Army in 2004. Ray was man who had immense intelligence & humour and was highly respected by his subordinates and peers alike. He was a dear friend of mine. RIP Ray.