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MoD names marine killed by mine
Royal Marine Jonathan Holland
'Dutchy' Holland was on patrol in the Sangin district of Helmand Province
A Royal Marine killed by a landmine in Afghanistan has been named by the Ministry of Defence.

Jonathan Holland, 23, from Chorley, Lancashire, was killed during a patrol in Sangin district on Wednesday.

The total number of UK troops killed while on operations in Afghanistan since 2001 has now risen to 48.

Colonel Ian Huntley, acting commander of the UK Task Force in Afghanistan, announced the death of Marine Holland with "deep regret".

The Ministry of Defence said Marine Holland, who was known as Dutchy, was the longest serving member of the Royal Marines' Whiskey Company, a fact of which he was "extremely proud".

An MoD spokesman said: "He was superb company; a gregarious, outgoing character, and extremely popular among those with whom he served. Above all, his ability to see the funny side of almost anything was legendary within his company."

His mother, Bernadette, said: "The family is devastated by the news of Jonathan's death. He was a kind and caring lad who would do anything for anyone.

"He loved his life in the Royal Marines and we were all so proud of him when he joined. He was planning to settle down with his fiancée and go into business with his younger brother.

"His death leaves a huge hole in our lives; his memory will live on with us and all who knew him."

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