Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2011, Craftsman Andrew Found, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, was killed in Afghanistan in an explosion while on an operation near Adinza’i in the Gereshk Valley area. He was serving with the Fitter Section, D Squadron (Warthog Group), Light Aid Detachment, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. A Warthog vehicle was disabled and the crew injured after being struck by an IED. Craftsman Found was assessing the damage when he was caught in a secondary explosion and fatally wounded.
He joined the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as a Recovery Mechanic in 2006, and had served in Afghanistan in 2009. His comrades remember his wit, his friendship, and the fact that no matter what happened, he could always manage to make them laugh.
Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Biggart said: “Craftsman Found was an intelligent, selfless and brave soldier as well as a devoted family man. As a Recovery Mechanic within the Light Aid Detachment of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, his role was a particularly important one but his natural talent, dedication and commitment made him all the more unique. His professionalism was not limited to his core role within the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers; it was apparent in all that he did as a soldier, a craftsman and a brother-in-arms. Right up until his final moments, the example he set, together with his wit, kept his fellow soldiers going under very difficult and demanding conditions. His sacrifice was in the finest traditions of both his Corps and his regiment. There is no more fitting a motto that that of his Corps - ‘Arte et Marte’ (by Skill and by Fighting).”
Andrew, from Whitby in Yorkshire was 27 years old and married with two sons.