is with very deep regret that the Ministry of Defence
has to confirm the death of Private Ryan Lloyd Thomas
in a road traffic accident whilst on duty in Basrah
on 6 November 2003. Aged 18, Private Thomas served with
the 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Wales. His
home town was Resolven, near Neath in Glamorgan.
Battalion issued the following statement:
Thomas joined The Royal Regiment of Wales (24th /
41st Foot) in August 2003, having joined the Army
straight from school. A fit, keen sportsman, he had
already made an impact on the Battalion sports field
and was an enormously popular and charismatic individual.
A proud Welshman, he was becoming increasingly passionate
following Wales' progress in the Rugby World Cup,
to the point of being incorrigible.
Thomas joined the Battalion as a Rifleman in an Infantry
Company and was enjoying the experience of serving
in an Operational Theatre. He carried out his duties
in this unfamiliar and sometimes dangerous environment
with a pride and maturity beyond that expected of
such a junior soldier. The tragic loss of such an
unique character is sorely felt by colleagues who
valued his professionalism and sense of fun."
thoughts and prayers are very much with his family and
friends at this difficult time; the media are asked
to respect their privacy.
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