is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has
to confirm that Lance Corporal Paul David Trevor Thomas
was killed in action in Basrah on 17 August. A member
of the 2nd Battalion The Light Infantry, he was serving
in southern Iraq attached to the 1st Battalion The Cheshire
Regiment. Aged 29, he was single and came from Welshpool.
platoon commander, Lieutenant Will Follett, said:
was a proud Welshman who had a passion for all sports.
He was a keen rugby supporter as well as following
his local football club, Shrewsbury Town, He was an
immensely popular member of the platoon, widely regarded
as its backbone, through his diligence, professionalism
and unfaltering enthusiasm to the job and the soldiers
under his command. His death has shocked the platoon,
especially those soldiers who were with him when he
died. He will be sorely missed and our thoughts and
prayers go out to his family and loved ones at this
media are requested to respect his family's privacy
at this very difficult time.
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