The MOD has announced the deaths of two more servicemen in Afghanistan.
A British soldier who died in Afghanistan on Thursday has been named as Lt Andrew Robert Chesterman of 3rd Battalion, The Rifles.
Lt Chesterman was shot in an ambush in Helmand province after a vehicle in his convoy struck a roadside bomb, the Ministry of Defence said.
The 26-year old, who was born in Guildford, Surrey, and lived in Bristol, had been deployed since April.
His father Paul Chesterman said their family had lost a “fine young man”. He added: “Andrew gave himself fully and wholeheartedly to his career in 3 Rifles.”His family are immensely proud of him and will carry him very dearly in their hearts.”
A British soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Friday has been named by the Ministry of Defence.
Father-of-four Lance Corporal Matthew Smith, 26, from Corps of Royal Engineers was shot while on duty in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province. He died of injuries sustained while he was involved in a construction task.
It comes only hours after the MoD named Lt Andrew Robert Chesterman of 3rd Battalion, The Rifles, as the soldier killed on Thursday.
L/Cpl Smith’s mother Caroline described him as a “hero” and said he was devoted to his family and four children – Lainie, Ella, Tilli and Jai – aged between one and seven years old, and “talked about them endlessly”.
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