Three soldiers from 1 Mercian killed

Three soldiers from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment and one soldier from 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment who was attached to 1 Mercian were killed in Afghanistan yesterday (23rd) the Ministry of Defence have confirmed.

Their families have been informed.

The soldiers, serving in northern Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand province, were part of a Police Advisory Team.

They were killed in a vehicle incident near Gereshk yesterday evening.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith, said: "They were part of a team that was travelling to assist in an incident at a nearby checkpoint when they were killed in a vehicle incident.

"They will be sorely missed and their actions will not be forgotten.

"We will remember them."

It means six soldiers from 1 Mercian, formerly The Cheshire Regiment, have died in the conflict over the past month.

On Tuesday (22nd) Cpl Terry Webster was laid to rest in his home town of Blacon and the funeral of his colleague Lance Corporal Alan Cochran who was born in St Asaph will take place tomorrow (Fri)