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Memorial for Iraq death soldiers
British armoured vehicle and Iraqis at Amara
The soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Amara
Two soldiers killed in action in Iraq are to be honoured with a memorial service at their barracks on Thursday.

Capt Richard Holmes, 28, of Winchester, Hampshire, and father-of-one Pte Lee Ellis, from Wythenshawe, Manchester, 23, were killed in February 2006.

Both were on attachment with the Royal Scots Dragoon serving with the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment based at Colchester, Essex.

They were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Amara.

A memorial service will be held at the Colchester Garrison Church.

This will be followed by a display by the Red Devils parachute display team.

Lieutenant Colonel James Chiswell, the Commanding Officer, said: "The Memorial Service is a celebration of their lives as well as a time of reflection for the families and the Battalion.

"Richard Holmes and Lee Ellis were both first class paratroopers and men. Their deaths affected us all in the Battalion and they will be sorely missed."

The soldiers were the first from the regiment to be killed in action for over 20 years.


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