Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Rifleman Aidan Howell of 3rd Battalion The Rifles was killed in Afghanistan. He had been on patrol near Forward Operating Base Zeebrugge, in the Kajaki area of Helmand Province, when an IED was detonated.
After attending Montsaye Community College, he enlisted in the army in 2006, was selected to attend the Army Foundation College in Harrogate before completing training at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick. He completed Pre- Deployment Training with C Company as part of the specialised Fire Support Group - normally reserved for more senior Rifleman. A popular and extremely fit and active young man, he is remembered for his dedication, maturity, and sense of humour.
Lieutenant Colonel Nick Kitson said: “Rifleman Howell was already established as a man of promise. His infectious humour and engaging personality had quickly endeared him to his Company and his Platoon. Despite being a relatively new arrival to the battalion, he was already operating with the C Company Fire Support Group which demands the experience and ability of our older Riflemen. In this he found no difficulty and held his head high, belying his tender years. His loss is a tragedy and he goes to join a line of gallant Riflemen who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country and their mates out here in Afghanistan. Those who remain here will take strength from his courage and dedication and will honour his memory always.”
Aidan, from Sidcup in Kent, was 19 years old.