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MoD names second killed soldier
Corporal Marc Taylor
The first soldier to be named was Cpl Marc Taylor from Ellesmere Port
The second soldier killed in an ambush near Basra in southern Iraq has been named by the Ministry of Defence.

David Lawrence, 25, from Walsall, was killed when soldiers came under fire on Tuesday after trying to help others whose vehicle was hit by a grenade.

Gunner Lawrence joined the army in 2001 and served in the First Regiment Royal Horse Artillery in Bosnia in 2002.

On Wednesday the MoD named the other dead soldier as Cpl Marc Taylor, 27, from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

Cpl Taylor had joined the army in 1993 and served in Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland.

At least two Iraqi bystanders were also injured in the ambush, officials said.

A convoy of two armoured Land Rovers and a truck had been travelling south-west of Basra when the ambush happened.

He will be sorely missed by all in the regiment

The MoD expressed its "deepest sympathy" to Gunner Lawrence's parents and his girlfriend.

An MoD statement read: "He was a cheerful soldier who always had a cheeky grin on his face. A keen footballer, he was very much a team player.

"He was very popular with all who knew him, as he was a good loyal friend. He will be sorely missed by all in the regiment."

Gunner Lawrence had been in Iraq since June this year.

'Confident leader'

On Wednesday the MoD released a statement praising Cpl Taylor's leadership skills in the Corps of Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, attached to First Regiment Royal Horse Artillery.

"He was a calm, confident leader who easily gained the respect of all who had the privilege of knowing him" the statement read.

"He was a first class team commander."

Since he was deployed to Iraq in April this year, he had initially been responsible for training the serious crimes unit of the Basra Police.

Cpl Taylor and Gunner Lawrence had recently been providing escort teams to a group coordinating reconstruction projects in Basra province, the MoD said.

The deaths bring the tally of British soldiers killed in combat in Iraq to 24.

A further 44 service personnel in the country have died as a result of other incidents including friendly fire and road traffic accidents.

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