Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2007, Major Alexis Roberts, serving with 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles in Southern Afghanistan, was killed by an IED as he was commanding a convoy of the Battalion’s vehicles as they were returning to base in Kandahar. He was commissioned into the Royal Gurkha Rifles in 2000, completed his Platoon Commanders Battle Course and then joined The First Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles in Brunei. Two years later he attended the Standard Language Profile Level 2 in Nepali passing with a Distinction, and then deployed with The Royal Gurkha Rifles to Bosnia in 2003, completing a 6 month tour as the Intelligence Officer. He was then posted to The Royal Military Academy as a Platoon Commander from 2004 until 2006. Thereafter he was given acting rank of Major and assumed command of B Company, 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles. Lt Col David Wombell said: “Major Lex Roberts was an officer in this Battalion and a close personal friend - such is life in an Infantry Battalion. He was all that I admired in a man; mentally robust, physically tough, charismatic, witty, tenacious and moral to name a few of his qualities. He lived life, as one should, fully and honestly to himself and his ideals, a deeply loyal and loving family man. Though he dies too young, he did so in selfless service to his country and in the best tradition of the Royal Gurkha Rifles amongst soldiers he loved. His absence from our lives leaves us, and the world, a poorer place and we will remember with pride and love what an honour and privilege it was to have known him.” Alexis was 32 years old and married with two daughters.