Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Corporal Kevin Mulligan, Lance Corporal Dale Thomas Hopkins and Private Kyle Adams, the Parachute Regiment, were killed in Afghanistan while with the Special Forces Support Group. They were leading a routine patrol to the north of Lashkar Gah when their vehicle was hit by an explosion as well as small arms fire.
The following tributes were paid by their Commanding Officer:
“Corporal Mulligan was the epitome of a professional soldier; diligent, selfless, caring, with a profound sense of duty. A charismatic man with an irrepressible sense of humour, he was overwhelmingly popular and universally respected. An exceptional leader, he died how he led his life, at the forefront of his men. He gave his life for his comrades and for The Parachute Regiment, both of which were dear to him. We count ourselves privileged to have known this dedicated, brave soldier and every member of the unit is proud and deeply honoured to have served alongside him. Our feelings are perhaps best encapsulated through the words of one of the private soldiers under Kevin’s command, who said quite simply that ‘Corporal Mulligan was everything I aspire to become’.“
Kevin, from Alloa in Clackmannanshire, was 26 years old and engaged to be married.
“Lance Corporal Hopkins was an immensely proud, forthright and honest man who took an abiding joy in soldiering. An outstanding and utterly professional paratrooper, he readily embraced the self-sacrifice, responsibility and dedication required of his profession. He died doing the job he so loved, alongside the comrades that meant so much to him. He gave his life for his fellow comrades and for The Parachute Regiment. We are privileged to have counted such a brave, upright and professional soldier as one of our own, and every man in the unit is proud and honoured to have served with him.”
Dale, from Redditch in Worcestershire, was 23 years old.
“Private Kyle Adams was an undemonstrative, yet utterly professional soldier. Always ready for the next challenge, he was a real team player, and indeed was a talented sportsman. The focus, selflessness and responsibility required of his profession came naturally to him. He died doing the work he loved, alongside the comrades who held him in such high regard. He gave his life for his fellow comrades and The Parachute Regiment. We who served with him are privileged and honoured to have known such a brave, committed and enthusiastic young soldier.”
Kyle, from Croesyceiliog in Gwent, was 21 years old.