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4 March 2010, 12:47
Twenty three year old Corporal Richard Green was killed on Tuesday while serving with 3 Rifles Recce Platoon in Sangin.
His dad Chris and mum Eileen said on a recent visit home, Corporal Green had told them "If anything happens to me, know that I've lived life to the full, have no regrets and love my job."
His parents said the former Little Heath Secondary School pupil would not have wanted them to mourn his death but to "celebrate life".
Corporal Green leaves behind a brother, Daniel, and sister, Charlotte. His family said, "We are so proud of him and will miss him more than words can ever say, but we do take comfort from the thought that, if there is a heaven, he is now having a laugh with his friends whose lives have been taken, just like his, over the past year."
Corporal Green had proved himself as a capable soldier in the army, who was "at the very top of his game, up to any challenge that the army could throw at him", according to Lietenant Colonel Nick Kitson.
Corporal Green's friend and colleague, Warrant Officer Jason Longmate, said he will be greatly missed, "He is a great character and will be missed in a very tight group. His men looked up to him and would follow him to hell and back because he is Greeny their section commander."
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