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Last Updated: Monday, 28 August 2006, 16:35 GMT 17:35 UK
Killed Afghanistan soldier named
Lance Corporal Jonathan Hetherington
L/Cpl Hetherington was shot in a clash with enemy insurgents
A British soldier killed in southern Afghanistan on Sunday has been named as Lance Corporal Jonathan Hetherington.

L/Cpl Hetherington, 22, was shot dead while fighting rebels during an assault on his platoon house in Musa Qaleh in northern Helmand province.

The soldier, from 14 Signal Regiment based in Pembrokeshire, joined the Army in September 2000.

He is the 14th British soldier to be killed in action in Afghanistan since November 2001 and the sixth this month.

'Promising career'

L/Cpl Hetherington, who was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and grew up in south Wales, trained as a radio systems operator.

Before going to Afghanistan this year, he served in Germany, Kuwait, Iraq and the Falkland Islands.

His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Steve Vickery, described L/Cpl Hetherington as a "trusted comrade and valued friend".

Map of Afghanistan

"Lance Corporal Jon Hetherington had only been in Afghanistan for a short time," he said.

"In this period his commitment to his profession was first class and he stood out as a young man of stature and great enthusiasm.

"At all times his love of soldiering and great work ethic was very apparent and he also proved a very able sportsman."

He added: "He will be fondly remembered for his amiable nature and engaging sense of humour and without doubt a very promising military career lay ahead.

"Jon was an outstanding soldier, trusted comrade and valued friend."

The 14 Signal Regiment, based at Cawdor Barracks, Brawdy, specialises in electronic warfare including jamming communications.

Defence Secretary Des Browne said the latest death would not put the UK off its mission in the troubled province.

"The sad news overnight has reminded us of the challenges we face in Afghanistan," he said.

"We are there as part of the Nato mission to help rid Afghanistan of these terrorists and provide security to help rebuild."

The total number of UK deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 is 21, including eight this month.

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