Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2004, Private Jonathan Peter Kitulagoda, E (Devon and Dorset) Company, the Rifle Volunteers, was killed in Afghanistan.
He had graduated from Plymouth University with a degree in marine navigation, and had joined the TA while studying. He had then volunteered to serve in Afghanistan. In a suicide bomber attack, Private Kitulagoda was killed, and four other soldiers were injured – they were travelling in Land Rovers on a main road and a taxi blew up as they overtook it.
Lieutenant Colonel Ian Blewett said of him: “It was with immense sadness that we learnt of the death of one of our soldiers, and injuries suffered by his colleagues, while on peacekeeping duties in Afghanistan. My thoughts, and those of the entire Battalion, are very much with Private Kitulagoda’s family, and the families of those injured, at this dreadful time. Jonathan Kitulagoda was a young man who played a full and professional role as a TA infantryman, and was a popular and committed member of E (Devon and Dorset) Company. Together with his fellow soldiers, he volunteered for duty in Afghanistan, helping the efforts to bring peace and help ordinary Afghanis forge a better society.” He lies buried in the All Saints New churchyard in Clifton, Bedfordshire.
Jonathan, from Clifton, was 23 years old.