Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Private Robert Laws, 2nd Battalion, the Mercian Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan.
Private Laws had completed the Combat Infantryman’s Course in March of 2009 and deployed to Afghanistan, joining B Company. To do so within a year was considered quite an undertaking, but he was observed to rise to the challenge, proving his qualities of adaptability, determination and strength of character. He had achieved Best Shot on the Light Machine Gun, and was enthusiastic about achieving his childhood dream of joining the army. He is remembered for being bright and enthusiastic, popular and cheeky, with a mischievous sense of humour and wit. He died when the vehicle he was travelling in was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
Lieutenant Colonel Simon Banton said of him: “Robbie only joined 2 MERCIAN (Worcesters and Foresters) a very short time ago but had already begun to make his mark. He was excited and eager to deploy to Afghanistan and this only a few days after his 18th birthday. He was a warm and cheerful young man who mucked in when there was work to be done and quickly made friends. Robbie’s falling has taken a good soldier from us; a man who was not afraid to move forward, endure hardship, and he had the courage to fight the enemy alongside his brothers. Robbie died alongside his mates in B Company, 2 MERCIAN, and his death has rocked them - they will hold him in their hearts as they fight on.”
Robert, from Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, was 18 years old.