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Last Updated: Monday, 7 May 2007, 12:47 GMT 13:47 UK
Iraq death soldier named by MoD
Pte Kevin Thompson
Pte Thompson joined the army in 2004
A British soldier who died from injuries sustained last week in Iraq has been named.

He was Lancaster-born Pte Kevin Thompson, 21, from the Royal Logistic Corps, the Ministry of Defence said.

Pte Thompson was wounded on Thursday when a routine convoy to re-supply the Basra Palace military base was hit by an improvised explosive device.

His death on Sunday brought the total number of UK troops killed in operations in Iraq to 148.

'Best friend'

Pte Thompson is survived by his mother Teresa, father Mark, brother Andrew, sisters Nicola and Jade and fiancée Lucy.

Everyone enjoyed his humour and respected him for his genuine loyalty and love for his family
Major John Wallace-Dutton

After being given first aid at the scene he was treated at the field hospital at Basra Air Station, and then flown back to Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham.

He was expected to recover but his condition deteriorated and his family were at his bedside when he died.

Born in Lancaster and nicknamed "Tomo", Pte Thompson was described as a keen footballer and supporter of Birmingham City FC.

'Genuine loyalty'

His Squadron Commander in Iraq, Major John Wallace-Dutton, said: "He was a soldier who people liked to be around.

"Everyone enjoyed his humour and respected him for his genuine loyalty and love for his family. He was a brave man and an inspiration to the men he served with."

He joined the army in 2004 and was a member of The Carmen's Troop, serving in Iraq under the command of 19 Combat Service Support Battalion.

Pte Thompson's friend Pte Robert Etherington described him as a "one-off".

"He was my best friend and I will miss him terribly like us all serving with Carmen's Troop. He will never be forgotten," Pte Etherington added.

Defence Secretary Des Browne said: "My thoughts and sympathies are with Private Thompson's family at this difficult time."

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