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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 March 2006, 18:12 GMT 19:12 UK
Afghan road death soldier named
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A British soldier killed in a road accident in Helmand, southern Afghanistan, has been named.

Lance Corporal Peter Edward Craddock, of 1st Battalion The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment, died on Monday.

The Ministry of Defence said in a statement: "Enemy forces are not thought to have been involved."

It went on to praise L/Cpl Craddock's "calm and professional" command of his team during his time in Afghanistan.

Another British soldier received minor injuries in the accident in Laskar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.

The MoD has not released any further details about the accident.

'Utter tragedy'

L/Cpl Craddock was on his final patrol before completing a six-month tour of duty when he died.

He had joined the Army in January 1998, in Reading, and served in Northern Ireland and Kosovo.

He was sent to Afghanistan last September, a few months after being promoted to L/Cpl.

Lieutenant Colonel David Brown, his commanding officer, said: "You do not get soldiers any better than L/Cpl Craddock.

"His loss on his final patrol before completion of his six-month operational tour of Afghanistan is an utter tragedy. We all felt numb at news of his death. He had a huge character."

The MoD said the soldier had "proved most worthy of his new rank" during his time in Afghanistan.

The UK sent an extra 3,300 troops to the south of Afghanistan last month.


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