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  • Christina Drummond

Lance Corporal Tommy Brown, 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Lance Corporal Tommy Brown, 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan. He was on foot patrol when he died as a result of an IED explosion just south of Sangin in central Helmand province.

The MoD released this statement about Lance Corporal Brown, who at the time of his death was serving with the Special Forces Support Group: “A dynamic, optimistic and talented soldier and sportsman for whom no challenge was too great. He relished responsibility, and was never found wanting. In all that he did, he displayed the easy confidence of a natural leader. He was enthused by soldiering and proved time and again able to inspire those he commanded to emulate his own rigorous professional standards. His cheeky grin and easy wit were never far from the surface, especially when things were tough. He died as he lived, leading from the front; the only place that someone like Tommy knew. He achieved and lived his dreams. Utrinque Paratus.”

Tommy, from Glasgow, was 25 years old and married with two children.

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