is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence can
confirm that Lance Corporal Ian Keith Malone, 1st Battalion,
Irish Guards, was killed in action in Basrah on 6 April.
Corporal Malone, who was 28, was born in Dublin and
enlisted into the Army in Belfast in July 1997. After
training, he joined his Battalion in March 1998. He
was promoted to Lance Corporal in October 2000 and served
on Operation Agricola in Kosovo. He was a valued
member of the Pipe Band after completing a Piper's Course
in April 1999.
had also seen service with the Battle Group in Poland,
Canada, Oman and Germany.
deployed on Operation Telic in an armoured infantry
section with Number 1 Company, Irish Guard, as part
of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Battle Group within
7 Armoured Brigade.
Malone family have issued the following statement:
was a wonderful son, full of life and vitality, fun
and wit. His family and girlfriend are devastated
to learn of his death. He had so many friends and
so much to live for. He loved the Army and lived for
the excitement and challenges that being a soldier
brought. He was proud to be an Irishman and proud
to serve in the Irish Guards. His family takes some
comfort from knowing that he died doing the job he
family have stated that they do not wish to speak to
the media directly and request that their privacy be
respected at this sad and difficult time.
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