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UK soldier killed in Iraq named
Rifleman Aaron Lincoln [Source: MoD]
Rifleman Aaron Lincoln was a soldier from Durham
The British soldier who died after being wounded on a patrol in southern Iraq has been named as Rifleman Aaron Lincoln by the Ministry of Defence.

The 18-year-old from the 2nd Battalion, The Rifles, was injured in the al-Asher district of Basra on Monday.

The MoD said Rifleman Lincoln, from Durham, was taken to Basra Palace before being flown by helicopter to a field hospital at Basra Air Station.

Another serviceman was also wounded but is expected to make a full recovery.

According to the MoD, Rifleman Lincoln was hit by small arms fire and later died from his injuries.

He lived a life of courage, loyalty, and selfless commitment to others
Lt Col JCW Maciejewski

Lieutenant Colonel JCW Maciejewski, commanding officer of the battalion, said the soldier's death was "a tragic loss to all Riflemen".

He said: "Rifleman Lincoln loved soldiering and was very good at it. He represents a tradition of soldiering that has very deep roots in County Durham.

"He lived a life of courage, loyalty, and selfless commitment to others. Ultimately he sacrificed his life for his friends.

"He died following up an attack on one of his platoon in which a fellow Rifleman was wounded."

Rifleman Lincoln's uncle, Arthur Lincoln, said his nephew left school aged 17 and went straight into the Army.

"He lived for the Army, it's all he wanted to do all his life. We are all proud of him," he said.

Mr Lincoln said his nephew had been in Iraq for three months and had recently been home for a week's leave.

'Deeply missed'

Defence Secretary Des Browne said Rifleman Lincoln's family and comrades were "in my thoughts".

He also said the soldier "died defending our country and bringing peace to Iraq, and I am sure such a promising young soldier will be deeply missed by all those who served with him."

The incident came a day after another UK soldier died following an attack on his patrol in the same area.

Kingsman Danny John Wilson, 28, of the 2nd Battalion, the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment died on Sunday while on patrol in the same area.

He was from Workington, in Cumbria and had been wounded by small arms fire after getting out of his vehicle to check the roadside ahead for explosive devices.

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