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British marine killed in Afghanistan named by MoD

Cpl Stephen Curley
Cpl Curley leaves behind a wife and five-month-old son

A UK marine killed in a bomb blast in southern Afghanistan has been named by the Ministry of Defence.

Cpl Stephen Curley from 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was killed while on foot patrol. He was married to Kirianne and had a five-month old son.

Mrs Curley said it was "impossible" to say how much he meant to her.

She told the Ministry of Defence website: "It is impossible for me to express what my husband meant to me. Daddy to our 18-week-old son William and my partner in crime, Stevie was my purpose, what makes me tick.

"A man of few but powerful words when it mattered, he lived by the motto 'If you're not living life on the edge, you're taking up too much room.' This will be forever imprinted on our hearts.

I saw in him a selfless, loyal, utterly dedicated and natural leader of men
Lt Col Paul James

"Steve stood firmly for what he believed in - a man who lived by his convictions and fought vehemently for what he thought was right.

"Steve loved his family, and would be so proud of his mother and brother. We will carry your heart with us always. Engraved in my wedding ring the words, Kirianne, my one, my love, my wife. Stephen, sleep well my love."

Lt Col Paul James, Commanding Officer 40 Commando Group, said Cpl Curley was "the very best of his generation".

'Irreplaceable'

Lt Col James said: "[He was] bright, fit, charismatic and supremely brave, he was a man who genuinely inspired others. Based with me, I saw in him a selfless, loyal, utterly dedicated and natural leader of men.

"He died on patrol in Sangin leading the men he loved, and alongside the men who loved him."

Major Ed Moorhouse said: "Cpl Steve Curley is irreplaceable as a man, a leader and a Royal Marines Corporal.

His colleagues describe him as an inspiration, a leader and a dear friend,
Dr Liam Fox
Secretary of State for Defence

"He was the most consummate of all-round professionals and a man who I can proudly say that I have had the immense privilege to have commanded and worked alongside.

"Nothing was ever too onerous for him and the more austere and challenging the task, the more he would revel in undertaking it; this infectious enthusiasm drove everything that he did, and all ranks in Charlie Company were energised by it."

Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: "Cpl Stephen Curley has made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

"His colleagues describe him as an inspiration, a leader and a dear friend, and my deepest sympathies go out to them and his family.

"He was killed at the heart of the insurgency in Sangin whilst undertaking the vital job of reassuring the local population. He will not be forgotten."



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