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Death of Northern Ireland soldier

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Secretary of State Owen Paterson MP has said that the death of a soldier from the 1st Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment in Afghanistan on Remembrance Sunday was a 'tragedy beyond words'.

Secretary of State Owen Paterson MP has said that the death of a soldier from the 1st Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment in Afghanistan on Remembrance Sunday was a ‘tragedy beyond words’ for his family and comrades.

The Regiment is based in Tern Hill near Market Drayton in the Secretary of State’s Shropshire constituency.

Mr Paterson said:

On the day that we remembered all those who died defending freedom and democracy, another brave young man gave his life in that cause.

This conflict is global but the grief and pain of loss is intensely personal.

My thoughts are with the family and friends of this courageous soldier.