GUARDSMAN NEIL 'TONY' DOWNES, 20, OF GREATER MANCHESTER
Guardsman Downes, known as Tony, from the 1st Battalion the Grenadier Guards, was killed by a landmine while on patrol in Helmand province on 9 June last year.
His mother, Sheryl, 44, from Droylsden, describes her son as a man who could "speak to anyone".
Guardsman Downes "loved every minute" of being in the Army
"It is amazing how he has touched everybody," she says.
Tony had always wanted to go into the Army, Mrs Downes says, and "if she had her time again" she would let him join.
She says her son shielded her from much of the danger he was in, but she adds: "He loved every minute of it. When he came home on leave he was itching to get back. His view was he was there to do a job and that was it."
Like many servicemen and women choose to do, Guardsman Downes wrote moving letters - much publicised in the press - to his girlfriend and his family, to be opened in the event of his death.
"It helps so much," Mrs Downes says.
But even now that 100 British troops have been killed in Afghanistan, Mrs Downes does not believe it is time to withdraw.
"If they came home what would it all have been for? They would have all died for nothing."
SGT CRAIG BRELSFORD, 25, OF CHILWELL, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
Sgt Brelsford, of the 2nd Battalion, the Mercian Regiment, was killed last year while trying to find his colleague who had fallen behind enemy lines in Helmand province.
Sgt Brelsford died trying to save a colleague
His mother, Susan Brelsford, of Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, describes her son as a "good lad" who enjoyed playing football and did well at school.
He had originally planned to join the fire service, she says, but joined up because he wanted to travel.
Mrs Brelsford tried not to think about the danger he was in.
"You can't stop them from going. They choose that career and they know what they are going into and, you know, I am proud of them.
"I had to put it to the back of my mind. You just hope and pray you don't get the knock on the door."
But in September last year she did get that knock and two Army officers entered her home to deliver the devastating news.
She was "dumbstruck", she says, having spoken to her son on the telephone on the Monday and Friday before he was killed.
Sergeant Craig Brelsford's mother talks about her son and about losing him
Sgt Brelsford has since been awarded the Military Cross for his attempts to save his colleague on 7 September.
"He sacrificed his life to save his own men," says Mrs Brelsford. "It has been nice to know he was respected and he has done the job that he had been trained to do."
Asked how she felt about the tally of British military deaths reaching 100, she says her "heart goes out" to their families, but admits: "I am glad I am not the one waiting for a knock on the door now."
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