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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 September 2005, 19:26 GMT 20:26 UK
UK soldiers killed in Iraq named
Fusiliers Stephen Manning (L) and Donal Meade
Both soldiers had volunteered to go to Iraq for six months
Two British soldiers killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq on Monday have been named by the Ministry of Defence.

They were Fusilier Donal Anthony Meade, 20, from Plumstead in south east London, and Fusilier Stephen Robert Manning, 22, from Erith in Kent.

The men were from the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, which is based in Holywood, Northern Ireland.

They were in a convoy east of the Shaibah airbase, in Basra province, southern Iraq, when the blast hit.

The Officer Commanding C Company, Major Matthew Thorp said both soldiers would be "sorely missed".

He was proud to be a soldier and died doing the job that he loved
Manning family statement

Major Thorp said Fusilier Manning had volunteered to be with C Company for six months and would have then rejoined D Company "for a bright future and life with the Battalion in Cyprus".

"Above all, his many friends in the Company and across the Regiment remember his generosity of spirit, and his cheerfulness."

Fusilier Manning's family said in a statement: "Stephen was a loving son and grandson who will be deeply missed.

"He was proud to be a soldier and died doing the job that he loved."

Major Thorp said Fusilier Meade had joined the Fusiliers in 2002.

The family are tremendously proud of Donal and couldn't ask for a better son
Meade family statement

"Those who knew him best and closest were most aware of his fantastic sense of humour, his ability to laugh or crack a joke in any situation.

"He knew the importance of the work he was doing in Iraq, and approached it with dedication and professionalism."

Fusilier Meade was also due to be deployed to Cyprus after six months.

His family said: "The family are tremendously proud of Donal and couldn't ask for a better son.

"Donal will be deeply missed, but we take comfort in that he died doing a job he loved."

'Deeply tragic'

The Belfast-based Commanding Officer of 2nd Regiment Royal Fusiliers, Lt Col John Whitwam MBE, also offered his condolences.

"The whole of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers mourns the tragic loss of these two fine young men.

"They understood the dangers but were proud to be soldiers and recognised that they were doing a difficult, occasionally thankless but always worthwhile job."

Defence Secretary John Reid on Monday offered his sympathy to the families of the two men.

He said: "It is deeply tragic that they have been killed whilst carrying out their duty."

The Shaibah base, about 10 miles south-west of Basra, is the British logistics headquarters in Iraq.

The deaths bring the British military death toll in Iraq to 94 since the outbreak of hostilities in March 2003.


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