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  • Christina Drummond

Lance Corporal Jordan Dean Bancroft, 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010 Lance Corporal Jordan Dean Bancroft of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, part of Combined Force Nad 'Ali, was killed in Afghanistan. As part of the ongoing hold-and-build phase of Operation TOR SHEZADA in Sayedabad, his platoon was providing outer security in order for a shura to take place between ISAF troops and local village elders.During an exchange of fire with insurgents, He was shot and killed. Before Afghanistan, he had served twice in Iraq. Lieutenant Colonel Frazer Lawrence said: "Lance Corporal Bancroft died doing the job he loved, whilst playing his part in improving security for the people of Afghanistan. He was one of the biggest characters within the regiment - an exceptional soldier and a very talented Junior Non-Commissioned Officer. He was a true soldier, excelling during his time in Afghanistan - loyal, brave, compassionate and honest. He had a natural ability to lead from the front, his men instinctively looked to him for advice and direction. Ever cheerful, his humour was infectious - he possessed an unparalleled ability to work with a smile on his face. His potential was endless and he was due to attend a promotion course on his return from deployment, a course I know he would have ‘aced.’ The battalion has lost one of its finest - a true ‘Lion of England’ and he will never be forgotten." Jordan, from Burnley, was 25 years old.

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