Soldier shot in Afghanistan 'lived life to the full'
Cpl Green was part of 3 Rifles Recce Platoon
A British soldier shot dead in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday has been named as Cpl Richard Green.
The 23-year-old, from Reading, who was part of 3 Rifles Recce Platoon, died after an incident at a checkpoint near Sangin in Helmand province.
His family said he had recently told them: "If anything happens to me, know that I've lived life to the full, have no regrets and love my job."
The death means 268 UK troops have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001.
Cpl Green, who joined the Army at the age of 16, deployed to Afghanistan in September 2009.
At the time of his death he was working at a patrol base, alongside the Afghan National Army.
It was not connected to the ongoing Operation Moshtarak offensive, aimed at clearing the Taliban out of strongholds in Helmand.
Lt Col Nick Kitson, Commanding Officer, 3 Rifles Battle Group described Cpl Green as a man at the "very top of his game" and "up to any challenge that the Army could throw at him".
Cpl Richard Green was simply an outstanding rifleman who was flying through the ranks and destined for the top
Maj Mark Melhorn
He said: "The Battle Group has lost one of its most capable young commanders and his sudden absence leaves both a large gap and a heavier burden.
"Cut down by a gunman hiding in the shadows, Cpl Green died whilst standing firm and proud alongside the Afghan Warriors, who are increasingly taking security responsibility from the British troops here."
Cpl Green's family said: "Richard was a larger-than-life character who packed so much into his short life.
"He wouldn't want any of us mourning his death, rather he would want us all to celebrate his life.
"We are so proud of him and will miss him more than words can ever say, but we do take comfort from the thought that, if there is a heaven, he is now having a laugh with his friends whose lives have been taken, just like his, over the past year."
Maj Mark Melhorn, officer commanding of fire support company, 3 Rifles Battle Group, said Cpl Green had completed the tough course to qualify him for promotion to the rank of serjeant in the Rifles and had wanted to join special forces.
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