Council chairman's tribute to 14th Signal Regiment soldier killed in action
9:22am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
The chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council has paid tribute to the soldier from 14th Signal Regiment who was killed in Afghanistan yesterday (Tuesday).
The soldier died from enemy fire while on patrol.
His family has been informed and further details are expected to be released soon.
The Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, Councillor Arwyn Williams, said: “Pembrokeshire is shocked and saddened by the news.
“I know that all right-thinking men and women in Pembrokeshire will want to send their deepest sympathy to the brave soldier’s family as they face up to their tragic loss.
“I also want to send condolences to his larger “family” – the 14th Signal Regiment stationed at Cawdor Barracks, Brawdy, which will also be grieving today.
“It was only three weeks ago that I had the honour of watching some of his colleagues parade through Haverfordwest and receiving Campaign medals on their return from Afghanistan.
“We have an historic and long association with the Armed Forces here in Pembrokeshire and this bitter news underlines the sacrifice they are sometimes called to make on our behalf.”
The Chairman added that he has requested that the flags outside County Hall in Haverfordwest be lowered to half-mast as a mark of respect.
This will be carried out in a short ceremony at 9.30 am tomorrow (Thursday,16th October), prior to the Council’s full meeting.
Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb, added: “I was shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news that a soldier of the 14th Signal Regiment has died whilst on duty in Afghanistan.
"My deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers are with the soldier’s family at this very difficult time.”
“My thoughts are also with those friends and colleagues from the Regiment who are still in Afghanistan, and those at their home base at Cawdor Barracks, who will be coming to terms with the loss of one of their own”.
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