Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010 Captain Martin Driver, from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, died from wounds sustained in an explosion which occurred in the Musa Qal’ah district of Helmand province three weeks earlier.
He had previously served in 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment (4 PARA) while at university and deployed during this time on operational tours in Iraq and Northern Ireland. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2007; after two years commanding his platoon he was posted to study Arabic at the Defence School of Languages and promoted to Captain. He returned to The Vikings as Second-in-Command of A (Norfolk) Company. In this role he deployed to Afghanistan again in 2009 with 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, serving as part of the Household Cavalry Regiment Battle Group, and was Acting Company Commander when he was tragically injured.
Lieutenant Colonel James Woodham said: "Captain Driver was a quiet and modest officer for whom the Army was his life. This quiet exterior hid a man who was focused and determined. He was one of the strongest Captains in the battalion and showed the potential to achieve great things in the Army. He was a superb infantryman and an even better officer. He had a coolness about him - people naturally followed. Intelligent, driven, outstandingly fit and with grit and gravitas."
Martin, from Barnsley, was 31 years old.