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  • Christina Drummond

Trooper Andrew Howarth, Fondouk Squadron, The Queen's Royal Lancers

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Trooper Andrew Martin Howarth of Fondouk Squadron, The Queen's Royal Lancers, was killed in Afghanistan when the vehicle he was driving went over an IED. He had joined the army in 2007, after completing basic training he joined The Queen’s Royal Lancers, becoming the third generation of his family to serve with the regiment. He is remembered as being exceptionally gifted at maintaining and managing the armoured vehicles under his stewardship - also for his infectious smile and what was described as a "truly inspirational sense of humour." Major Jim Walker said: "Although still a young man, we watched him develop through his training and he showed in Afghanistan the fearlessness to be the point man on foot patrols. He knew his business and worked hard to support his troop. Nicknamed ‘Steptoe’ for his natural and endearing scruffiness, he was perfectly placed and comfortably at home in 1st Troop. Always ready with a smile, he approached life on operations with enthusiasm and dedication to his fellows. A stalwart soldier, tough and enthusiastic, he will be profoundly missed, but always remembered." Andrew, from Bournemouth, was 20 years old.

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