Corporal Alex Guy of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2012, Corporal Alex Guy of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment was killed in Afghanistan. He had been commanding a fire support section in the Nad ‘Ali district of Helmand province, conducting a partnered patrol with the Afghan National Army when they were ambushed. Corporal Guy was leading his section forward to assist a group of Afghan soldiers who were pinned down by enemy fire when he was fatally wounded. During nineteen years of service he deployed on eight operational tours, including Bosnia, Iraq, three of Northern Ireland and three of Afghanistan. He had also just been selected for promotion to the rank of sergeant. These words from his Commanding Officer: "A loyal, committed and thoroughly decent man, Corporal Alex Guy was a unique member of the Vikings. His honest, welcoming approach and impressive operational pedigree saw him achieve the ideal balance between good friend, wise mentor and tough commander. In his section he had forged a strong team which he led through the most dangerous of situations with nothing other than courage, selfless commitment and utter professionalism. When things got difficult Corporal Guy was exactly the person you would want by your side; he would quietly revel in the responsibility and never you let down. It is these attributes that have defined his career over the last 19 years and will remain in the memory of his fellow Vikings. Fiercely proud of his Battalion and intensely devoted to his wife Emma and his family, his loss will be felt deeply across the Battlegroup. Today we have lost a remarkable Viking." Alex, from Cambridgeshire, was 37 years old and married.