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Afghanistan death soldier named

Kingsman Jason Dunn-Bridgeman
Kingsman Dunn-Bridgeman was on a foot patrol when shot

A soldier killed on foot patrol in Afghanistan on Sunday has been named by the Ministry of Defence as Kingsman Jason Dunn-Bridgeman.

The 20-year-old, from Liverpool, serving with the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was said to have volunteered for early deployment.

He was killed during a firefight in the Babaji district of Helmand province.

The death took the number of British service personnel killed in Afghanistan since operations began in 2001 to 214.

The MoD said Kingsman Dunn-Bridgeman died after receiving a gunshot wound to the neck.

Courage under fire

He joined 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment - known as "Lions of England" - in May 2008 after attending the Infantry Training School in Catterick.

A real character who was extremely popular, he will be sadly missed by his friends who are about to deploy
Lt Col Robbie Boyd

After further training in Cyprus, Kingsman Dunn-Bridgeman volunteered to move across to Blenheim Company, knowing that this could mean he would be among the first groups to be sent to Afghanistan.

He deployed on 18 August as part of reinforcements for the Light Dragoons Battle Group.

Known as "Dunny", Kingsman Dunn-Bridgeman's principal role was as a member of the four-man clearance team responsible for finding insurgent-laid improvised explosive devices.

Lt Col Robbie Boyd, Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, said Kingsman Jason Dunn-Bridgeman demonstrated courage under fire several times.

"A real character who was extremely popular, he will be sadly missed by his friends who are about to deploy from Cyprus and also by his comrades whom he fought alongside in Afghanistan. England - as well as the Battalion - has lost a lion."

Kingsman David Corcoran of 4 Platoon said: "Dunny was very much one of the lads... He helped make the difficult times more bearable and was always the one to lift spirits when they started to flag."

Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth MP, said: "I was very saddened to learn of the death of Kingsman Jason Dunn-Bridgeman, a young serviceman respected for his humour and quick wit as well as for his ability and professionalism as a soldier."



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