Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Sapper Darren Foster, 21 Engineer Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan. He had been manning a sangar at Patrol Base Sangin Fulod when he was fired upon. Although treated onsite and then taken to hospital, his injuries were so grievous that he could not be saved.
Sapper Foster had joined the Royal Engineers two years earlier. He qualified as a combat engineer and then as a military fabricator. Just over three weeks before his death, he deployed to Afghanistan. Even during his short time serving, he made an impression as being intelligent and skilled sapper, a down-to-earth young man who was kind and genuine. He was enthusiastic and energetic, and according to his family, fiercely proud to be a sapper.
Major Jason Ainley said of him: “Sapper Darren Foster recently joined the ranks of 73 Armoured Engineer Squadron, bringing with him a real zest for soldiering. From the moment he first learned of his new Squadron’s deployment in Afghanistan, his enthusiasm to join us out here was never in doubt. He soon found himself deployed as part of a small team of Royal Engineers supporting 40 Commando Royal Marines in Sangin; a challenge that he rose to admirably. Sapper Foster clearly made a mark on those who worked with him during his short time with us, and he will be sadly missed. “
Darren, from Carlisle, was 20 years old.