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Lance Corporal Steven Sherwood, 1st Battalion, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Li

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2005, Lance Corporal Steven Sherwood (1st Battalion, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry) was killed in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. His patrol had been driving through the Northern town of Mazar-e-Sharif, where it had been guarding reconstruction operations, when a young man recruited a few hours earlier by the Taliban stepped out of a doorway and opened fire on the convoy of unarmoured British trucks. Steven was fatally injured and another five soldiers wounded. Steven had served in Northern Ireland and Kosovo, and had been in Afghanistan for less than a month at the time of his death. Lieutenant Colonel Nick Welch said: “Steven Sherwood was a thoroughly professional and dedicated soldier, a highly capable field soldier at the top of his profession, he was a key member of his Battalion’s close reconnaissance platoon. In Afghanistan he worked as a key member of a tight-knit, experienced and highly professional military observation team. He thrived on the challenges provided by his team’s tasks. He traveled with his team to parts of Afghanistan that had not previously been patrolled by the multi-national International Security Assistance Force. He epitomised all that is excellent about his Regiment. He was renowned for his character and could always be relied on to lighten a situation with his keen sense of humour. He will be remembered by all as a good mate who would never leave a friend and could be counted on to cover his buddies’ backs, in the finest traditions of his Regiment.” Steven, from Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, was 23 years old.

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