Lance Corporal Jonathan Hetherington, 14 Signal Regiment, Royal Corps of Signals
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2006, Lance Corporal Jonathan Hetherington, 14 Signal Regiment, died following an attack on the Platoon House in Musa Qaleh, northern Helmand Province. He had enlisted into the Royal Corps of Signals in 2000, then attended the Army Technical Foundation College before going on to complete phase two training as a Radio Systems Operator. He had served in Kuwait, Iraq and the Falkland Islands, then was selected for deployment on Operation HERRICK 4, Afghanistan. His Commanding Officer spoke well of him: "Lance Corporal Jon Hetherington had only been in Afghanistan for a short time; in this period his commitment to his profession was first class and he stood out as a young man of stature and great enthusiasm. He was a very bright junior non-commissioned officer who had integrated extremely well into regimental life since his arrival in February of this year. At all times his love of soldiering and great work ethic was very apparent and he also proved a very able sportsman. As such an engaging character, he was selected to join the very important Regimental Recruiting Team prior to his deployment to Afghanistan in support of the 3 Para Battlegroup. He will be fondly remembered for his amiable nature and engaging sense of humour and without doubt a very promising military career lay ahead. Jon was an outstanding soldier, trusted comrade and valued friend; his loss will be greatly felt by all who served with him." Jonathan, from Port Talbot, was 24 years old.