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Dead British soldiers named by Ministry of Defence

Corporal Liam Riley and Lance Corporal Graham Shaw
Cpl Liam Riley (left) and L/Cpl Graham Shaw died in Helmand province

Two British soldiers killed by roadside bombs in Afghanistan have been named as Corporal Liam Riley and Lance Corporal Graham Shaw.

The pair, from the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, serving as part of the 1 Coldstream Guards Battle Group, were killed in Helmand on Monday.

Prince Harry, who served with Cpl Riley at a military training unit in Canada in 2007, said he was a "legend".

Cpl Riley was 21 years old, while L/Cpl Shaw turned 27 on Sunday.

Prince Harry, who spent 10 weeks on the frontline in Afghanistan before being flown home in February 2008, said it had been a "privilege" to work alongside Cpl Riley at the training unit in Canada.

"He was a legend. A really special man who got us all going and heading in the right direction," he said.

"It is incredibly sad also to hear that Liam died alongside his friend, Lance Corporal Graham Shaw.

"My heart goes out to their loved ones, and to their many, many friends in their regiment and the wider Army."

'Like his father'

Cpl Riley, from Killamarsh, in Derbyshire, and L/Cpl Shaw, from Huddersfield, were on foot patrol when two bombs exploded.

Their deaths brought the number of British military deaths since the Afghan campaign started in 2001 to 253 - just two short of the number who died during the Falklands War in 1982.

Cpl Riley's family said he had taken to Army life "like a duck to water".

In a statement, his relatives said: "Liam was a wonderful son who always wanted to join the Army from being very young. He loved Army-style stories as a little boy.

"He was very conscientious with his Army work and didn't want to disappoint anyone."

L/Cpl Shaw's family said he was "proud to be a member of the British Army like his father before him".

"Graham enjoyed life to the full, running everywhere. He ran to visit relatives in Calderdale and often ran on the moors near his home," they said.

"He was very active and took part in many different sports from sky diving last summer to skiing with the Army in Canada and even surfing on the South coast - he was up for anything."



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