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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 August 2007, 16:33 GMT 17:33 UK
British Basra casualty is named
Corporal Steve Edwards (MoD handout)
Cpl Edwards died after a roadside bomb blast
A UK soldier killed in Basra, southern Iraq, on Wednesday has been named as Corporal Steve Edwards, the Ministry of Defence has said.

Cpl Edwards, 35, from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, died after being hurt by an improvised explosive device.

He had been with a Warrior vehicle patrol carrying out routine duties in the Mustashfa district of Basra City.

His death takes to 164 the number of UK soldiers killed in operations in Iraq. Of those, some 128 killed in combat.

Cpl Edwards had served in Northern Ireland and the Balkans as well as Iraq. He leaves behind his wife, Gabie, his parents, and his 18-month-old son, Ryan.

'Example to all'

His commanding officer, Lt Colonel David Catmur, said: "It is with great sadness that I am writing about the loss of another of my soldiers; Cpl Stephen 'Eddy' Edwards.

"I have known Eddy for several years and have many fond memories of him, particularly our two years together in 2002 and 2003, when he commanded my squadron's ambulance.

"His years of experience and kind-hearted nature will be a great loss to us all. Eddy epitomised all that is good about our soldiers, an example to all. Our thoughts now go to his wife, Gabie, his son, Ryan, and his parents and family."

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