Corporal Steve "Eddie" Edwards, Badger Squadron, 2nd Royal Tank Regiment
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2007, Corporal Steve "Eddie" Edwards of Badger Squadron, 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, attached to the Irish Guards Battle Group, was killed in Iraq. Corporal Edwards was working under the command of 4th Battalion the Rifles and on a routine patrol in the Mustashfa district of Basra City when his Warrior Armoured Vehicle was struck by an IED. He joined the army in 1993, served in Northern Ireland, the Balkans and during the first phase of Operation TELIC, and was to be posted to a new job later that year at the end of his tour in Iraq, with a promotion to the rank of Sergeant. From his comrades' tributes it is clear that he was well-liked, a kind and big-hearted person, one who the others could go to when they needed to talk. Sergeant Mark Flynn said of him: "Eddie was a larger than life character whose influence was not only felt throughout his Troop, Badger Squadron, and 2nd Battalion of the Royal Tank Regiment, but also by the Irish Guardsmen who had the honour to serve alongside him. He will be sorely missed by all, both on a professional and personal level. If there was ever an official role for a morale officer he would have fulfilled it with distinction. He carried out his duties of a commander with the utmost professionalism and diligence, instilling confidence within all who served with him. He always had their welfare at heart, never putting himself before others." Eddie, from Thrapston in Northamptonshire, was 35 years old and married with an eighteen-month-old son.