British Army Private Gareth Leslie William Bellingham, serving with 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Staffords), was killed by enemy gunfire in the Gereshk Valley, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Saturday 18th June 2011.
His unit was conducting a patrol to assess the situation on the ground and meet with the local population who had recently returned to compounds in the area. During the patrol, a local Afghan was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (homemade bomb). As Private Bellingham's unit was providing security, insurgents fired upon the patrol and he was fatally wounded.
He had been in Afghanistan since April 2011.
His parents, Leslie and Suzanne said of their son: “Gareth died doing the job he loved and we are all proud of the job he did. He will be sadly missed by family, friends and all those who knew him. Rest in peace”