is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has
to confirm that Private Lee Martin O'Callaghan was killed
during an attack by insurgents in Basrah on 9 August
2004. He was aged 20, and came from London. Unmarried,
he was serving with the 1st Battalion The Princess of
Wales' Royal Regiment based at Tidworth.
Colonel Matthew Maer, the Commanding Officer of 1PWRR,
Lee O'Callaghan joined my Battalion in December 2003,
and was quickly assimilated into the regimental family.
He was highly regarded and known as a hard working,
diligent member of the team who could be trusted to
finish any task with characteristic good humour. He
was an avid football fan and keen supporter of Millwall.
As a midfielder player himself he took every opportunity
he could to play football, bringing his love for the
game from Tidworth to Iraq.
"Lee came from Bermondsey, London. He joined
the army for the excitement and challenge it offered,
he excelled in the training and preparations for Iraq
and looked forward to deploying on operations and
to do the job for which he had trained. Pte O'Callaghan
showed the highest standards of professionalism and
courage, in a highly volatile situation.
"The loss of Pte O'Callaghan is deeply felt by
all those in the Battalion, but especially so by his
friends in B Company. Our heartfelt thoughts go out
to his family and loved ones from all those in his
media are requested to respect his family's privacy
at this very difficult time.
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