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Tributes paid to heroic soldier
Corporal Mark William Wright
Corporal Mark Wright died as he went to help a colleague
A soldier from Edinburgh was killed while trying to save the life of a comrade hurt in a minefield.

Corporal Mark Wright of The Parachute Regiment's 3rd Battalion died in the region of Kajaki in Helmand Province on Wednesday.

Commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Tootal, said the 27-year-old was killed while attempting to assist a fellow paratrooper.

Lt Col Tootal described Cpl Wright as an "outstanding soldier".

He said Cpl Wright would "drop everything" to help a colleague in need and was a soldier who had had a "very bright future" ahead of him.

He said: "Corporal Wright died attempting to save the life of a fellow paratrooper who had been injured in a mine incident.

Quietly determined and passionate about his profession, he possessed exceptionally high moral and physical courage
Lt Col Stuart Tootal

"He did so in complete disregard for his own safety whilst fully aware of the dangers to himself.

"His actions were typical of the type of man Corporal Wright was.

"Quietly determined and passionate about his profession, he possessed exceptionally high moral and physical courage.

"In the words of his best friend, he was a 'fun loving Jock who loved the military and was up for anything and everything'."

Lt Col Tootal said that with the death of Cpl Wright, "we have lost a trusted and valued friend".

He added: "He set and maintained the highest of standards in accordance with being a paratrooper. He will be very much missed by all of us."

'Greatly saddened'

Cpl Wright, who lived in Edinburgh with his fiancée Gillian, joined the Army in January 1999.

After completing the basic parachute course at RAF Brize Norton, he was posted to the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment.

In his first three years he completed three tours of Northern Ireland and was deployed to Iraq in May 2003.

Back in the UK, he was promoted to corporal, working as a mortar fire controller and was deployed to Afghanistan in that role in May 2006.

The Ministry of Defence said Cpl Wright performed a vital role in operations across the province and was continuously in the field conducting high intensity operations right up to his death.

Defence Secretary Des Browne said: "I was greatly saddened to be told of the death of Corporal Mark Wright in Kajaki, Helmand province.

"His selfless commitment and professionalism is an example to us all.

"My thoughts are with his family, colleagues and friends at this difficult time."


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