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Very sad news indeed.
RIP, my thoughts are with your family.
Rest In Peace lad.
It is going to be a long summer if this attrition rate continues.
"Dead upon the field of glory,
Hero fit for song and story."
Rest In Peace
SKY NEWS Breaking News
Marine Killed In Afghanistan Named
Updated: 13:51, Tuesday July 31, 2007
A commando hailed as a hero who died while fighting the Taliban in southern Afghanistan on Sunday has been named.
Lance Corporal Michael JonesLance Corporal Michael Jones, 26, was killed in a gun battle while taking part in a special mission to root out insurgents in Nimruz province in the south-west of the country.
Lance Corporal Jones was raised in Newbald, Yorkshire, and joined the Royal Marines aged 18 in February 1999.
The MoD said: "Through eight years of meritorious service, he served on operations in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan."
His Commanding Officer said: "Michael was a truly exceptional Junior Non-Commissioned Officer, the best at his level, who unflinchingly stood, time after time, shoulder to shoulder with his friends in the very worst of conditions.
"It will be impossible to replace Michael. He will be remembered as a genuine and loyal friend whose selfless bravery whilst assaulting a formidable Taliban position is an example to us all."
Lance Corporal Jones was a commando in the Special Boat Service. Three other SBS men were also wounded in Sunday's gun battle.
He was taking part in a special operation ordered by commanders to target a Taliban group who were planning to carry out attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
The death was unusual in that most fatalities involving British forces have been in Helmand province, further east of Nimruz.
Lance Corporal Jones is the fourth British serviceman to die in Afghanistan in the past week and the 68th since the start of operations in November 2001.
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