Sapper Jordan Rossi of 25 Field Squadron, 38 Engineer Regiment
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Sapper Jordan Rossi of 25 Field Squadron, 38 Engineer Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan. He had been working in an operation to clear IEDs when he was caught up in an explosiont - despite his determination to survive and the heroic efforts of his team mates and the medical team, he was pronounced dead soon after arriving at the hospital. Sapper Rossi had joined the Royal Engineers in 2006, and following his basic recruit training he qualified as both a Combat Engineer and a Military Engineer Bricklayer and Concreter. He also served in Northern Ireland. Major Eldon Millar said: “Sapper Jordan Rossi was an exuberant and fun-loving soldier, full of pranks and fun yet also a man of character, courage, strength and loyalty; he made an instant and lasting impression on all those he met. Despite only having served with the Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group for a relatively short period he was already one of our stars; his infectious sense of humour and ‘can do’ attitude making him a friend to all. With an insatiable enthusiasm for life and considerable professional ability Rossi made an instant impact in our close-knit team. Robust and capable, with maturity beyond his years, he was thriving in the operational environment of southern Afghanistan. Always willing to shoulder additional responsibility and weight, he epitomised the very essence of a Royal Engineer. The death of Sapper Rossi has come as a heavy blow to the Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group and I am personally devastated to have lost such a fine man in the prime of his life. We will remember him with great admiration and humour, focus on our task, and continue the vital work that he died conducting.” Jordan, from West Yorkshire, was 22 years old.