Private Jason Lee Rawstron, 2nd Battlaion, The Parachute Regiment
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2008, Private Jason Lee Rawstron of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment was killed in Afghanistan when his patrol became engaged in an exchange of fire with the Taliban near Forward Operating Base Gibraltar. He had completed training at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick in 2006, then moved directly to C (Bruneval) Company, 2 PARA, where he was employed as a rifleman. Within a year he completed the Battalion Infantry Assault Engineer cadre, a mark of his professionalism and maturity as this is usually reserved for more experienced soldiers. He is remembered as a well-respected man, quiet but with an authoritative air and a sense of mischief. Major Adam Dawson paid tribute: "Private Rawstron was a charming, gentle and immeasurably generous soldier with a warm and caring personality. Whilst one may be forgiven for not immediately associating these traits with our profession of arms, they are directly complementary and he was one of our finest - fit, industrious, tough, with a strength of personality deeply rooted in humanity and a desire to make things better for all. He was non- judgemental, reasoning, thoughtful and full of integrity, making him the ideal soldier for today’s difficult operations. As a professional soldier he was impressively diligent, going the extra mile and meeting challenges head on with the intent of overcoming anything that stood in his way." Jason, from Clayton-Le-Moors, Lancashire, was 23 years old.