Craftsman Anthony Lombardi, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Craftsman Anthony Lombardi of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, attached to The Light Dragoons, was killed in Afghanistan. He was a vehicle mechanic, driving a CVR(T) Spartan as part of an escort for a Viking supply convoy, moving between the company’s two locations when the vehicle was caught in an explosion. Captain Dave Bunker said. "Cfn Lombardi was an inspiration. He was the perfect tradesman; fit, bold, cheerful and incredibly bright. He was desperate to come to The Light Dragoons and with his ability and character he was welcomed with open arms. Cfn Lombardi was an expert on CVR(T) and he kept his troop moving through thick and thin. I was utterly confident in knowing that when he was with the troop, that the job would be done to the highest of standards and in record time. Cfn Lombardi died while serving with his friends, while doing a tough job with determination and considerable style. He was truly marked for greatness and had an abundance of artificer qualities. He was a true credit to the REME and the gift of his presence amongst us can never be replaced." Anthony, from Scunthorpe, was 21 years old and the father of a one-year-old son.