Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Lance Corporal Andrew Breeze, 1st Battalion, the Mercian Regiment (Cheshire), was killed when he was caught up in an explosion near Checkpoint Kingshill in Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal Breeze had joined the army in February of 1996, and served three times in Northern Ireland and twice in Iraq. He is remembered by comrades and officers as selfless, courageous, dependable and professional. He was a popular man, and would be approached by those new to the army who were in need of guidance and a friendly ear.
Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Strickland said of him: “We have lost a fine man, and the tragedy of his death spreads far. Lance Corporal Andy Breeze was the man that every company needs; experienced and approachable, he was there for everyone, always. Those who have been soldiers will know the effect of such a character, spreading calm reassurance in times of tension to those who are less certain. He died as he had lived, stepping forward to shoulder the burden of the task in hand, with a smile on his face. His company mourns his loss, but feels more keenly the devastation of the loved ones that he left behind. It was an honour to have served together.”
Andrew, from Manchester, was 31 years old and engaged to be married.