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Afghanistan casualty named by MoD

Corporal Daniel Nield
Corporal Nield was killed while on patrol with Afghan forces

A UK soldier killed in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan has been named by the Ministry of Defence.

Corporal Daniel Nield, from 1st Battalion The Rifles, died on Friday from injuries sustained while on patrol with the Afghan army near Musa Qala.

Cpl Nield's death takes the total number of British servicemen and women killed since the start of operations began in 2001 to 143.

He is the sixth to die in Afghanistan so far this year.

Previous tour

The MoD said Cpl Nield was thought to have been killed by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) while on patrol near the town of Musa Qala.

He was deployed as the forward air controller (FAC) in a unit working with Afghan soldiers.

Cpl Nield, 31, was from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and had served with Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment (RGBW).

Danny lived for the Army, and was proud to serve his country. He died doing the job he loved
Nield family statement

The MoD said he had served on operations in Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Kosovo and had already completed a previous tour of Afghanistan.

Cpl Nield's parents Peter and Sheila Nield paid tribute to their son.

"Danny lived for the Army, and was proud to serve his country. He died doing the job he loved," they said in a statement.

Lieutenant Colonel Joe Cavanagh, Commanding Officer of 1 Rifles, said Cpl Nield had a formidable sense of humour.

Paying tribute to him, he said: "He was a popular Rifleman, full of character and at the top of his profession; revelling in the qualifications and experience in battle-winning skills that always took him to the front of the battle.

"I will remember him speaking confidently, convincingly, and provocatively - and with humour - about such matters from the seat of a borrowed quad bike in the sunshine in his dusty District Centre during a short but well-earned break between tasks."

He added: "His enthusiasm for his profession was as memorable as his 'Zap' moustache and he was full of ideas on how new talent should be identified and new techniques developed.

"He was a brave man doing vital work; we are lucky to have known and served with him, and poorer now he has died."

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