Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Captain Daniel Shepherd, 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan. He had been commanding an IED disposal team, working with a Royal Engineers Search Team to ensure that there was a clear route for an ISAF resupply convoy.
After his time in the Army Cadets, Captain Shepherd joined the army in 1998, attending Welbeck Military College, and also obtained an Electrical Engineering Degree. In August of 2003, after attending the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, he received his commission and served in Iraq the following year. Four years later he passed Ammunition Technical Officer training and later the IEDD No. 1 (High Threat) course. Captain Shepherd also represented the army in skiing and climbing competitions.
Lieutenant Colonel Roger Lewis said of him: "Captain Shepherd was an extraordinary officer; composed, compassionate, utterly charming and imbued with a single-minded determination to put others before himself. He was incredibly courageous yet immensely modest about his own stunning achievements. A consummate and technically gifted Ammunition Technical Officer, Dan understood fully the dangerous nature of his job yet every day was the first to put his own life on the line. To have the honour to serve alongside him was a humbling experience; he was an inspiration to all."
Daniel, from Lincoln, was 29 years old and married