It is with deep regret that the MOD must confirm the death of a British soldier in Iraq as a result of an incident on the morning of 27 February 2007.
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The soldier was serving with the 2nd Battalion The Rifles (formerly 1st Battalion Royal Green Jackets). He was on a routine patrol in the Al Maqil district of Basra which was attacked by small arms fire.
The soldier sustained very serious injuries and despite receiving the best possible medical care at a field hospital in theatre, he later died from his wounds.
Next of kin have been informed and have requested a 24 hour period before further details are released.
Rest in Peace young man.
as so many times in the last 4 years, my thoughts and prayers are with those family, friends and colleagues grieving.
But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye,
for all life, Iâd always thought I didnât want to die.
I had so much to live for and so much yet to do.
it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for a while,
Iâd say goodbye and hug you and maybe see you smile.