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  • Christina Drummond

Sapper Mark Smith, 36 Engineer Regiment

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Sapper Mark Smith, from 36 Engineer Regiment, serving with the Counter-IED Task Force, was killed in Afghanistan. His search team was conducting an IED device clearance operation in the area around the Sangin district centre. A smoke screen was requested and one of the smoke shells fell 264 metres from its target, killing Sapper Smith. Smith had previously served in Iraq, and this was his second tour of Afghanistan. A close friend of his paid this tribute: "Mark Smith, fondly known by his friends as ‘Smit’ and Army colleagues as ‘Smudge’, was truly unique. His cheeky grin could light up a room and his zest for life was an inspiration to us all. His friendship and loyalty to those closest to him knew no bounds and I am truly honoured to have called him my friend. Smit will be greatly missed but it is difficult to think of him without smiling as he had a unique ability to lift anyone from the most sombre of moods and was always the life and soul of the party. He loved his Army life and his courage and bravery, all inspiring. Mark was a loveable rogue and the world will certainly be a sadder place without him." Mark, from Swanley in Kent, was 26 years old.

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