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Last Updated:  Monday, 7 April, 2003, 10:59 GMT 11:59 UK
Tribute to teenage soldier
Kelan Turrington
Kelan Turrington was 18 years old
A teenage soldier from Cambridgeshire has been named as the youngest Briton to die in the Iraqi conflict.

Fusilier Kelan John Turrington, 18, who had been in the Army for less than two years, was killed on Sunday night as British forces made a final push into Basra.

He was one of three UK soldiers to die in a major overnight assault.

The other two will not be named until their families have been informed.

The operation was ordered after Major General Robin Brims, commander of British ground forces in Iraq, decided the situation had reached "tip point" - when organised resistance in the city was about to collapse.

Fusilier Turrington, whose parents live in Haslingfield, left Comberton Village College in the summer 2001 and joined the Army.

College principal Stephen Munday paid tribute to the former pupil who served with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

"During his time at the college Kelan was always totally reliable and trustworthy and he worked in a determined way in every aspect of his life within school," Mr Munday said.

"He was very well-liked and popular with both his classmates and the entire school staff.

"He was always passionately committed to a career in the Army and the whole school community is extremely saddened by his tragic death.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

On Monday a British Army spokesman said members of the Third Parachute Regiment were heading in large numbers for Basra's old city.

Narrow streets

British troops, with 95 tanks and 80 Warrior armoured vehicles, are in the south, west and north of Basra.

A British Army spokesman said that "scores" of lightly-armoured vehicles carrying had begun to progress towards the old city.

Group Captain Al Lockwood, British forces spokesman, said the narrow streets of the old city would make life difficult for troops.

He said that the British advance into Basra had been met with "jubilation" from Iraqi civilians.

He said most of the regular army appeared to have left the city, but there were still some "small pockets" of paramilitary resistance which could well stage counter-attacks in coming days.

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